Hard­ware quick-fire ques­tions

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How can I fix keys that are stuck?

Keyboards col­lect lots of crumbs and grime that can even­tu­ally gum them up. Ev­ery five years or so, it’s worth open­ing the back of the case and shak­ing all the loose bits out. On old keyboards, large keys, such as the Space­bar and Re­turn, can get stuck if the lit­tle metal pres­sure dis­tri­bu­tion rods come loose. Care­fully prise up the key cap and clip the rod back into place, but be care­ful not to snap the plas­tic re­tain­ing clips.

How do I shut down a clas­sic Mac?

Choose Spe­cial > Shut Down. You’ll still need to use the power switch at the back of the Mac to switch it off, be­cause older Macs don’t have standby power. The Shut Down com­mand sim­ply en­sures any disk writes have com­pleted and the drives have been un­mounted.

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