19921 Views 8 Replies Latest reply: Apr 15, 2010 10:15 PM by alangeo
thanks Barry but that box was unchecked. I'll try and clarify this better:
I can change the shortcuts for all of the f keys in system preferences. In the "keyboard shortcuts" menu there are a bunch of shortcuts that can be assigned - dock, exposé, dashboard, screen brightness/contrast, etc.
However, the problem is that the shortcuts for volume control, play/pause and previous/next song are not present in the "keyboard shortcuts" menu (System Preferences > Keyboard > Keyboard Shortcuts). Therefore, I'm not able to assign these to their proper keys, F7-F12, even though the icons for these functions are present on said keys.
The reason that I am puzzled is that those keys should work automatically. The function should be just what is on the key. I frankly do not know how one would change that behavior. I have used wireless KB's on several iMacs (both OS X 10.5 and OS X 10.6) and they worked automatically.
Try a couple of things:
Reset PRAM (although that probably will not help):
Check to see if you need to install this firmware update:
This download did NOT work for me. I still cannot adjust the volume by using my keyboard volume keys (F11/F12) at all. In fact F11 moves all open windows off to the side.
This worked great when using the keyboard with an older iMac, just won't work now with my new iMac.
I'm becoming very frustrated with the new iMac - I am also having issues with my Sony eReader
On Mac-Forums.com Website the advice to select Keyboard from System Preferences and then go to System Updates worked for me after a File "Aluminium Wireless Keyboard Update" was downloaded. The Volume controls worked first time after the download and a restart but I had to reprogram the shortcuts for Spaces and Dashboard which didn't work straight away although for the Spaces shortcut I have to add the Fn key but for the Dasboard shortcut the function Fn key is not required. Hope this might help somebody.