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Apple Wireless Keyboard Eating Batteries

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  • kenspocket1 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Dec 7, 2013 11:42 AM (in response to callthescribe)

    Thanks for yourrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr


    Sorry I just switched to a prehistoric B&W Mac keyboard USB mk1 if I recall ,

    I cant even type anymore on the BT KB .


    Apples BT drivers have always been laggy and U/S  Esp for 3rd party mouses such as logitech -

    that mostly work fine on windows xp smooth and with no lag. Are totally flakes on Mac OSX since year 1.


    The apple gear has always had bad range - but this is new or old for some with the bat issues .


    Im arranging a support call back , I want both my devices repalced and im not going to a store to do so..


    But you think it still wont fix the issue?

    I blame the drivers, but its never been this bad - I cant live with this it is totally broke to do any work at all.



    I cant see it being the BT card in the Macpro , as so many other macs are affected as I read.

    I have a Mac mini with same issues .




    Is your system up and running now? , did you get your data / user back?

    I have been working apple support "non apple company" for 5 years and using macs for 20 years, be careful before doing anything with that HD if your still stuck.

  • blisaw Calculating status...
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    Dec 7, 2013 12:30 PM (in response to kenspocket1)

    Oh, yes, I do understand the keyboard issue evident in "dreaded stuck return key" comment.  Must say again, though, I started with Apple in the late 80's and cannot begin to understand any pc.  Dedicated Apple user--even when SOSAPPLE told me it was time to put the old, first computer on the curb with the trash and buy a new one.


    Unknown.jpeg  Miss that old computer.  Kids learned to type by age 6 because of this Apple and Mavis Beacon.  There was no internet, but there was Oregon Trail.


    If still under warranty, I would never screw around with anything.  I would backup on external HD AND burn cds of everything asap.  Then, call Apple.    Yes--beginning to doubt my faith in the replacement keyboard and mouse.  Working wonderfully now, but if it gets wonky again, I'd schedule a call with Apple rep and be fully prepared when the rep calls.    and patience.  Good luck.


    As for the "battery low" warning, I, ignore it until the mouse will not work, also.  Backup batteries at the ready, and good to go.  Don't give up.  You might be surprised how willing Apple will be to help resolve the problem.

  • kenspocket1 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Dec 7, 2013 12:48 PM (in response to Mr. Mellow)

    07/12/2013 20:31:18.080 System Preferences[599]: [BluetoothHIDDevice][initWithHIDDevice] Unable to get Object ID from IORegistry



  • kenspocket1 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Dec 7, 2013 4:29 PM (in response to blisaw)

    surprised - agreed,


    Total base handling  , goto be above plists script ,

    within timing for those routines - Lag , Timing methods.


    Pick any version of OSX , same BT issues - the bat monitor issue just another on top.


    Broke out the box,

    Low range with connection issues ,

    Laggy slow ,unexpected latching keys,

    Incorrect monitoring 


    Im hiring Teijo Kinnunen to fix this @.@.                         

  • kenspocket1 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Dec 7, 2013 6:50 PM (in response to persol19)

    Spent a bit of time on this :



    KB 87% 2.05 AM 8 Dec


    Safeboot , repair permissions twice , Check HD .



















    Turn on Firewall ,





    defaults write -g ApplePressAndHoldEnabled -bool false



    Log out ,


    Login in .



    KB 87% 2.50 AM 8 Dec

  • kenspocket1 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Dec 7, 2013 7:32 PM (in response to kenspocket1)



    as soon as the first connection drop came the bat level jumped down to 65%

    Bat lid off , bat lid on , the level is back twas before the first connection drop.


    So the monitor fault is directly related to range / the first connection drop , and subsequent.

    needs to delay the reporting / updating of the bat monitor to say every 60 seconds or to extend the last connected reference despite a connection drop in this set time.

    Some logic needs to be applied in the drivers or osx itself , beyond me from here.



    Still holding at 87%

  • abehal Calculating status...
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    Jan 6, 2014 3:37 PM (in response to jenster81)

    Thanks guys for all your input! I was having the same issue with my iMac. Each time I would put the computer to sleep, followed by powering off my magic mouse, the machine would wake up again momentarily. This was not an issue if I kept the mouse on, which of course drains the battery. So I called Apple Care and here is what they recommend you do. Once you are done with your work, first put your mouse switch to the off position, then hold and release the power button on your machine to put it to sleep. You will significantly extend the mouse battery life. To get the computer out of sleep mode, simply switch the mouse back on or tap any key on your keyboard. Don't try this energy saving strategy with your keyboard though!!!!! Good luck and happy energy saving!

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