Apple's line of PowerBook laptops was intended for the professional and power users. The PowerBook line includes the PowerBook 100, Duo, 500, and 5300 Series; the PowerBook 1400, 2400, 3400; the PowerBook G3, G4 Titanium, and G4 Aluminum.

1293 Questions View all

"E" key doesn't work on PowerBook

Hi! I've tried cleaning the contacts (only by removing the key cover) with Caig DeOxit several times but to no avail. Is this a dirty contact that must be cleaned by full disassembly? Any ideas? Thank you very much!


Answered! View the answer I have this problem too

Is this a good question?

Score 1
Add a comment

1 Answer

Chosen Solution

Hi! When the key cover is off, and you press down on the bouncy piece in the center of the key, does that work? If so, it's a mechanical issue that may require you replace the plastic scissor contraption under the cover (you can get these and keys themselves on eBay for a few dollars), and if not, likely an electrical trace on the keyboard has been crimped/cut/etc., and you'll need a new keyboard.

Was this answer helpful?

Score 3


Thanks! Alas, the key does not work with the cover off, or even if I press directly on the contact with a probe. It sounds like I need a new keyboard. Glad there are parts and instructions here in order to do the job, even if keyboards are a little pricey. Thanks for your help!


Add a comment

Add your answer

Collin will be eternally grateful.
View Statistics:

Past 24 Hours: 0

Past 7 Days: 0

Past 30 Days: 0

All Time: 1,512