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My upper case L wiLL work but not my Lower Case L

This is a probLem since my password has a Lower case L in it so I am in need of heLp.

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Keyboard: lower case letter or letters stop working I have solved this problem and used it several times successfully. Maybe it'll work for others. In my case, it was the lower case “a”, the only letter that would not register and because my password contains an “a” I could not even restart and log in without a work-around. Tried numerous keyboards, cables, and all the rest. A safe boot fixed the problem so I knew it was a corruption glitch. Short version: I just did this two hours ago - July 18, 2009 - only the second or so time in a year, although it took me a lot of preference experimentation the first time to sniff it out. You learnm quickly how many "a"s there are in an email. I actually had to cut and paste to avoid using the capital A.
In my case, went to my “user/library/preferences” folder and dragged onto the desktop the preference “loginwindow.plist” (not the one that starts "com.apple", at least in my case I didn’t need to get rid of that one). Restart and voila! Problem solved. Trash the old "loginwindow.plist" as a new one is created when you restart and you lose no data. To their credit, Apple was very helpful back when it happened the first time, and it was a real conundrum to them as well. I got lucky that it was not too obscure a problem so I didn't have to go through all the preferences and remove them one by one for hours. I found the guilty party fast. Now ya know! Maybe it'll work for you. And a general thanks to all the good people who write these notes and have saved my sanity many, many times. Finally a chance to pay it forward.

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Unfortunately there is rarely a fix when a keyboard has problems. That being said, it is always possible that something is caught in between the poiston under the "l" key. Although it is really most likely the circuit board inside the keyboard. If your capital "L" works, though not your small "l", the piston seems fine. There is a problem with the communication to the computer regarding the assigned character to that key. That would be the circuit board. It unfixable. The good news is, keyboards are relatively inexpensive. I bought a logitech from staples yesterday for my daughter's computer for $15.00, and I have a top of the line Logisys backlit keyboard I bought on eBay for $35.00 a few months ago.

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Thank you sooooo much fosterwinans you're the best you should get a medal!!! tytytytytytytytytytyty

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I don't know what's going on either, but I purchased a new keyboard and went through all my USB ports to realize it wasn't a hardware problem. Found this post (Thank fosterwinans!) for the advise, tried it, rebooted and presto my i was back!

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