Currently Being ModeratedJan 18, 2012 8:18 PM (in response to FrodoFan35)
I see lots of them at GoodWill and other 2 nd. hand outlets. And my local (Seattle) computer recycling store has an Apple Expert on staff, and he has all the Apple stuff in one section, under his control. Standard Apple K/B's go from $5 to $10. And as reliable as they are, it would be hard to find one that's got any problems. I have 3, I got them all used and they all work perfectly.
Currently Being ModeratedJan 18, 2012 11:29 PM (in response to FrodoFan35)
Currently Being ModeratedJan 19, 2012 2:51 AM (in response to FrodoFan35)
It's not that hard to dis-assemble and clean them. Spills and dust / dirt can foul the contacts very easily. ... If your on the 3rd. in 7 yrs., it sound like contamination is the problem. ... I would suggest a soft K/B cover from some one like Comp U Cover, for the common M2452 K/B it was about $17 at my front door. ..... You can use Electro kleen (spendy) or 90% rubbing alcohol (low H2o content, and cheap), dry all parts with hair dryer before re-assembly. This works for TV remotes as well.
Currently Being ModeratedJan 19, 2012 4:53 AM (in response to FrodoFan35)
I have settled for a Matias USB 2.0 keyboard, except you need 2 x USB 2.0 to drive that keyboard. It's quite a solid beast. http://www.amazon.com/Matias-USB-2-0-Keyboard-Black/dp/B000BWFSJU
Currently Being ModeratedJan 19, 2012 5:15 AM (in response to josephpap)
I would be concerned that most 3 rd. party K/B's won't do key commands for many diagnostic and control functions like pram reset, open firmware, safe boot, install OS functions. Just a word of caution for non Apple K/B's. .... If you go for a 3 rd. party K/B's, keep a genuine Apple board around for these tasks.
Currently Being ModeratedJan 19, 2012 1:59 PM (in response to FrodoFan35)
I use a Macally iKeySlim keyboard http://www.macally.com/en/product/ArticleShow.asp?ArticleID=256
You can get a new one for a reasonable price http://tinyurl.com/7dw8yf8
Cheers, Tom G4 1.25HGz MDD, PB 12" G4 1.5GHz, Mac OS X (10.5.8), (10.4.11, 9.2.2) iPad2, iOS5
Currently Being ModeratedJan 19, 2012 4:30 PM (in response to FrodoFan35)
You can always purchase this keyboard
Nice board, quiet, works quite well!
I have a PowerPC G4 Mac running OS X 10.5.8 and this keyboard works with a keyboard software update.
Currently Being ModeratedJan 19, 2012 11:31 PM (in response to MichelPM)
This one doesn't fit FrodoFan35's requirements for 10.4.11, as it's for 10.6 and above. Reading the Reviews of it's users, it does not get even a favorable rating by those using it.
From what I read about it, I would not buy it, rated a bad buy. ..... Besides being wrong for FrodoFan35's specs. .... not the answer for him.
Currently Being ModeratedJan 20, 2012 8:38 AM (in response to wayne146)
This keyboard DOES work with PPC Macs , but just wasn't aware that it doesn't run on 10.4, though.
Works with 10.5 just fine, though.
It is still working on my powerPC G4 running 10.5.8.
Sorry 'bout that
In the Apple store, there are 1249 reviews of this keyboard and most with a 3 or 4 star rating.
This has the extended keyboard layout, is light and quiet.
Been working great for me since it came out at 3-4 years, ago, though.
Currently Being ModeratedJan 20, 2012 10:22 PM (in response to MichelPM)
I went by Best Buy today, and their Apple specialist looked up the model number online. Reviews going back to 2010 showed it working for people then, and he felt it probably would work for my Mac even though it SAYS minimum requirements are 10.6 and up. He says it hasn't changed and suspected that Apple just wants people to upgrade their system software and keep current. Perhaps the later software has some extra functions on this keyboard that won't work in 10.4. However, he strongly suspected that the keyboard WOULD would with my system anyway, since an Apple keyboard is an Apple keyboard. So, I bought the thing, hooked it up, and here it is, working. I'll have to get used to it, since I really preferred the more ergonomic curved and higher keyboard like the older one. If I can ever find the allen microwrench I'll need to open up the old keyboard, I'll give cleaning a try.
Thanks to all of you for your suggestions and advice. This online community is quite helpful.