Is there anything like a reset of the internal keyboard device that I can try doing instead of having to restart my MacBook completely?

  • The internal keyboard on my MacBook Pro just stops responding to key presses at a random moment (and stays like that). After restarting, it works again.

  • it happened 7-8 times already, every time in the middle of typing something. It also happened twice while I was typing this question.

  • Trackpad continues to work normally.

  • It happened while I had an external keyboard connected, as well. Actually, two of them, both Apple keyboards -- one wireless and the other USB. Both of them, and the internal keyboard, stopped working at that point. When I re-connected a keyboard, it continued working again (only the reconnected one).

  • Have you tried an SMC reset? – fsb Oct 14 '19 at 20:05
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    Hello, i'm having exactly the same issue after catalina update :( have no solution but it's good to see that i'm not alone and this is something clearly related to Catalina and not any hardware issue – Patroy Nov 3 '19 at 16:15
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    @Patroy I realised it had something to do with Caps Lock, at least in my case. Funny, I know, I'm still not completely convinced, but I saw that every time the keyboard stopped working, it was when the Caps Lock was on. So I just disabled Caps Lock to see if that's the issue (by going to System Preferences > Keyboard > Modifier Keys... and setting Caps Lock to No Action) and it hasn't happened since. – Bloke Nov 4 '19 at 14:02
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    @Patroy Just out of curiosity, do you happen to use Karabiner perhaps, as I do? Not sure if it might actually be something with Karabiner – Bloke Nov 4 '19 at 14:03
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    This appears to be the same problem as apple.stackexchange.com/questions/372578/… . (And yes, I'm having it too, and I use Karabiner, and this definitely has something to do with Caps Lock in my case as well.) – DomQ Feb 13 at 16:26

This appears to be a Karabiner bug (at least in my case).

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