Currently Being ModeratedSep 19, 2010 12:02 PM (in response to Adam72)I don't have a resolution to this issue; just adding another post to this thread in hopes of someone reading with an answer.
Apple products rock, but this is an annoying issue that seems so simple to fix. I have read about a work-around with scripts, but I don't want to write a script for a simple key map.iMac 7, Mac OS X (10.5.8)
Currently Being ModeratedSep 29, 2010 10:38 AM (in response to EOakley)If anyone else is annoyed by this problem, PLEASE comment!
I'm more than a little floored that the new Apple keyboard is LESS functional than the old one!Mac Pro, Mac OS X (10.5.8)
Currently Being ModeratedOct 21, 2010 11:21 PM (in response to Adam72)I'm with you on this. I love the feel of the new alum keyboard having moved from chunky plastic keyboard but really, it's crazy that if you make function keys programmable the volume stops working.MacPro 3.3/MBP 2.2/MBP 2.4, Mac OS X (10.6.4)
Currently Being ModeratedDec 22, 2010 2:37 PM (in response to Adam72)Yup... this is also driving me bonkers. FCP conflicts with the function keys. I can remap the dock and Exposé keys i use... but no way to remap the volume to the now redundant function keys above the numeric keypad. Come on Apple... must be a simple update to system prefs?MacPro, Mac OS X (10.6.5)
Currently Being ModeratedDec 22, 2010 3:19 PM (in response to Adam72)BTW... just found a solution/workaround....I tried a few keyboard remapping apps... I settled on Spark:
...and remapped the three volume controls to F13 - F15. Spark also allows you to run the onscreen volume slider icons and volume feedback sound (although the volume feedback sound doesn't seem to work...yet)
Now just need some new keyboard stickers.
RMacPro, Mac OS X (10.6.5)
Currently Being ModeratedFeb 9, 2011 3:10 AM (in response to turtlenecknz)http://support.apple.com/downloads/#keyboard
does the trickmany, Mac OS X (10.5.8)
Currently Being ModeratedFeb 9, 2011 3:12 AM (in response to Adam72)many, Mac OS X (10.4.11)
Currently Being ModeratedFeb 27, 2011 6:47 PM (in response to turtlenecknz)I'm using spark on 10.4.11 with the Aluminum wireless keyboard. Various keyboard updates all require >= 10.5 and this is my son's iMac G4 which runs better on 10.4.11
I got F10-F12 to work with volume control using spark. But I also get no feedback sound. It seems checking the feedback sound option in spark isn't sticky across a reboot (which is how I load and run the new settings)
F12 also maps to disc eject if you hold it down just a tad longer. googled around and seems like others have the same problem on 10.4.11 without any solutionsiMac G4 1GHz 1GB, Mac OS X (10.4.11)
Currently Being ModeratedOct 2, 2012 9:06 AM (in response to turtlenecknz)
I have just bought a new keyboard for my Mac running OSX 10.5.8 (I have reasons for sticking with this) and have been pulling my hair out for hours, googling everything in sight, trying to find out how to correctly assign my function keys. Spark has solved my problem completely, allowing me to correctly map the volume and media controls to the F7 to F12 keys. Thank you for posting this tip
Keywords to help others find this thread...
function keys not working
Currently Being ModeratedFeb 6, 2013 12:38 AM (in response to Adam72)
I've found the solution:
Prefs > Keyboard > Keyboard tab
Deselect the first checkbox "Use function keys as standard function keys.. " (don't know the text in English).
PS: Why Apple abandoned Support? Nobody answering anymore. RIP Apple.
Currently Being ModeratedJul 14, 2013 9:47 AM (in response to Adam72)
There is one method that does not require any third party software or system preference modifications.
There are two versions of the Apple aluminum keyboard.
The MB110LL/A is completely compatible with Leopard without modification.
The MB110LL/A is discontinued but some are still hanging around.
The MB110LL/B will function as a keyboard under Leopard but the "F" keys do not operate correctly unless modified. (including the Volume keys)
The MB110LL/A aluminum keyboard was initially released as a keyboard for existing systems.
It was followed by the MB110LL/B as a cross platform keyboard for Snow Leopard and above including "i" devices. (Intel machines)
I tested both versions on Leopard and use the MB110LL/A only.
I use the MB110LL/B on my Snow Leopard and above machines.
One way to determine the identification is in the F1 to F4 keys.
The "A" version has a round meter gauge on the F4 key.
The "B" version has six little rectangles on the F4 key.
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