I needed to disable my internal keyboard for a while. What I did was try this:

sudo kextunload /System/Library/Extensions/AppleUSBTopCase.kext/Contents/PlugIns/AppleUSBTCKeyboard.kext/

Though that showed an error:

(kernel) Can't unload kext com.apple.driver.AppleUSBTCKeyboard; classes have instances:
(kernel) Kext com.apple.driver.AppleUSBTCKeyboard class AppleUSBTCKeyboard has 6 instances.
Failed to unload com.apple.driver.AppleUSBTCKeyboard - (libkern/kext) kext is in use or retained (cannot unload).

The way I tried to deal with it was to drag it out. I then dragged it in when I wanted to re-enable the keyboard. So I dragged it in, and issued:

sudo kextload /System/Library/Extensions/AppleUSBTopCase.kext/Contents/PlugIns/AppleUSBTCKeyboard.kext/

And the following error showed up:

/System/Library/Extensions/AppleUSBTopCase.kext/Contents/PlugIns/AppleUSBTCKeyboard.kext failed to load - (libkern/kext) authentication failure (file ownership/permissions); check the system/kernel logs for errors or try kextutil(8).

I noticed that when I dragged it to the desktop, I gained privileges to the kext. So I tried this to stop the above error:

sudo chown root /System/Library/Extensions/AppleUSBTopCase.kext/Contents/PlugIns/AppleUSBTCKeyboard.kext/

That had no success in fixing the error and the keyboard did not show up. I know that there is kextutil which might be the new kextload and kextunload as described here. It is a similar question, though the answer is not what I wanted.

If it is possible to reload the keyboard kext with kextutil, I would like a tutorial on that and an explanation to why the authentication failure shows.

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    As no-one's picked this up yet, I'm tempted to say - try running the 10.10.3 combo updater & see if it puts things back as they should be. [I have no clue how to do it otherwise] – Tetsujin May 14 '15 at 18:42
  • @Tetsujin Thanks for the suggestion. I greatly appreciate it :) – TheBro21 May 14 '15 at 18:46

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