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New Keyboard Needed

1809 Views 11 Replies Latest reply: Jul 19, 2013 8:12 PM by Peter WP RSS
Peter WP Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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Jul 11, 2013 10:53 PM

My wired keyboard tanked. I thought it was a simple trip to the Apple store to buy a replacement Extended Keyboard.

 

Turns out the newest model wired aluminum keyboard is not backwards compatible with OS 10.5.

 

The top row function keys do not control volume up/down and the other special features printed on the keys as my old keyboard did.

 

My research tells me this canNOT be corrected with a firmware or software update. I tried, but received messages saying I already had the latest updates.

 

Checking or unchecking the "Use all F1, F2 function keys..." box does not work, either way.

 

Nothing in the System Preferences>Keyboard and Mouse>Keyboard Shortcuts menu allows me to correct this.

 

My understanding is, the only way to fix this is to update to Snow Leopard and beyond. I don't think I'm going that far just to get a keyboard to work.

 

Unless you have a solution to my problem above, can you suggest a keyboard that's compatible with my OS, has the same labelling for the Command, Option, and Control keys, and provides all the top row function keys such as volume up/down/mute and eject as my dead keyboard did?

 

Thanks!

iMac, Mac OS X (10.5.8)
  • BDAqua Level 10 Level 10 (114,775 points)
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    Jul 11, 2013 11:22 PM (in response to Peter WP)

    Hi Peter,

     

    I consider Apple trning Keyboards into Rocket Science an absolute abomination.

     

    Other than buying a decent KB, your issues can still be handled...

     

    think Spark cured this for another person  many people and the same problem...

     

    http://www.shadowlab.org/Software/spark.php

  • Klaus1 Level 8 Level 8 (43,410 points)
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    Jul 12, 2013 5:00 AM (in response to Peter WP)

    Have a look on eBay for Apple USB keyboards. There are usually a number for sale.

  • BobHarris Level 6 Level 6 (12,505 points)
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    Jul 12, 2013 5:32 AM (in response to Peter WP)

    See if you can install a copy of BetterTouchTool.  It has the ability to associate hotkey (such as the F1-F15 keys to actions such as brightness controls, volume, etc...

      <http://www.macupdate.com/app/mac/32953/bettertouchtool>

     

     

    Another possibility is KeyRemap4MacBook (works on all Macs, not just laptops)

      <http://www.macupdate.com/app/mac/25141/keyremap4macbook>

  • BDAqua Level 10 Level 10 (114,775 points)
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    Jul 12, 2013 10:15 AM (in response to Peter WP)

    Curious that Spark doesn't work, but other good suggestions here.

  • BDAqua Level 10 Level 10 (114,775 points)
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    Jul 13, 2013 11:39 AM (in response to Peter WP)

    Do let us know on the new KB.

  • BDAqua Level 10 Level 10 (114,775 points)
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    Jul 19, 2013 7:00 PM (in response to Peter WP)

    Great to hear, thanks for the report!

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