2896 Views 6 Replies Latest reply: Aug 25, 2009 10:47 AM by clintbradford
If you plug the keyboard directly into the mini, it still loses function?
I would not use the keyboard through a hub, as primary input devices do not work very well via hubs.
When you say the display is off, do you mean powered completely off or in it's own sleep mode? Does the display wake automatically from it's sleep mode, or do you have to turn it on manually?
Minimate is not just a hub - it is an extension of the Mini. IE plugged into its 'brain' via firewire AND USB and fully powered as well. Have not gone directly to Mini USB.
Digital display has a power button, which is OFF when not in use. If the monitor is left unattended for 1 hr, it goes to sleep mode. Keyboard activity wakes it. If it has been powered off and then turned on, keyboard activity must still wake the monitor. This is how the problem first presented itself. The monitor doesn't wake when the keyboard indicates no activity. But, as I said, the whole thing works perfectly when I restart.
I understand the Minimate is not just a USB hub, but it's USB expansion ports are still a hub from the mini's perspective. For this reason you should try plugging the keyboard directly into the mini, and I strongly suggest that as your best way to connect the keyboard.
If I understand your description correctly, when you have problems is when you turn off the display at the switch. This is probably the whole source of your problem, as the mini is then falling back to a 'headless' mode. I do not recommend this method. Adding the fact that your keyboard is not physically, directly connected to the mini I'm not surprised you are having such an issue. These types of circumstances basically make a Mac under OS X think it's being run as a system that's remotely operated.
I think Euchre has the right ideas on this.
When your monitor puts itself to sleep, it likely goes into a very low power mode, which probably differs in power consumption very little from being totally turned off.
You'd probably be better to just let it do that, and not turn off the monitor unless you also are turning off the whole system.