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Kenneth Nielsen Level 2 Level 2 (205 points)
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Apr 4, 2011 11:08 AM
When I turn bluetooth on on the iPad 2 it keeps searching with the words 'Searching' and 'Now Discoverable' as it searches. the A1314 keyboard is on and is the same keyboard I use for my MacBook Pro, which it pairs perfectly with. The iPad simply never stops searching and never connects or offers connection. The keyboard is turned on and batteries are good and also it works every day with the MacBook Pro.

Any ideas for a solution?

TIA,

Ken
15" 2.66 GHz Intel Core i7 MacBook Pro, Mac OS X (10.6.7), 8G RAM
  • Dah•veed Level 7 Level 7 (29,575 points)
    According to the keyboards user guide, the keyboard is discoverable when the indicator light is flashing. Are you trying to pair the two while both are discoverable?

    Try resetting the iPad before trying to pair with the BT keyboard. Press and hold simultaneously the Home and Power buttons for 10+ seconds, ignoring the power off slider, until the Apple logo appears.


    Dah•veed

    Early '09 Mac mini, Early '06 17" iMac CD, 64 GB iPad 2 wi-fi, Mac OS X (10.6.7), Happily using Macs since 1984!
  • jonclinch Calculating status...
    Have you gone into Bluetooth Settings on the MacBook and removed the keyboard? You can pair it with only one device at a time...
    MacBook Pro 17, MacBook Air 13, iPad 1, Mac OS X (10.6.7)
  • ClayG Level 4 Level 4 (1,415 points)
    I've had this problem, too, but eventually got it to work. Try resetting network settings at Settings>General>Reset>Reset Network Settings. You'll have to re-enter your wifi passwords after this, but it will probably fix your bluetooth pairing issue.

    I've also found a few times that I had to turn the keyboard off (by holding button for a couple of seconds) and then back on for it to be seen by the iPad.
    MacBook Pro late 2008, 2.4 Ghz, 4 GB RAM, Mac OS X (10.6), iPhone 4, iPad Wifi, Apple TV 2, Time Capsule
  • Dah•veed Level 7 Level 7 (29,575 points)
    You can pair it with only one device at a time...

    My iPad has no issues with pairing with my BT keyboard and BT stereo headphones simultaneously.
    Early '09 Mac mini, Early '06 17" iMac CD, 64 GB iPad 2 wi-fi, Mac OS X (10.6.7), Happily using Macs since 1984!
  • jonclinch Level 1 Level 1 (10 points)
    Yes, David. "It" referred to the keyboard. An input peripheral is going to pair with only one device -- computer, iPad, whatever -- at a time. The original poster will need to delete it from the computer before he can pair it with the iPad. Likewise when he's done using it on the iPad he will have to forget it there.

    Message was edited by: jonclinch
    Mac OS X (10.6.7)
  • Dah•veed Level 7 Level 7 (29,575 points)
    This is also not true. My Apple BT keyboard is paired with both my Mac mini and with the iPad. What it cannot do is be accessed by both the Mac and the iPad at the same time, so one needs to be asleep, off or out of BT range for use by the other paired device.
    Early '09 Mac mini, Early '06 17" iMac CD, 64 GB iPad 2 wi-fi, Mac OS X (10.6.7), Happily using Macs since 1984!
  • jonclinch Level 1 Level 1 (10 points)
    Sorry for sticking my oar in the water. Just glad it's working now, and that attending to which device it was paired with seemed to be the solution.

    As you were.
    MacBook, Mac OS X (10.4.6)
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