10 Replies Latest reply: Nov 5, 2012 2:39 AM by Rumi ableh
Rumi ableh Level 1 (5 points)

i use logitech keyboard ps2 and connected to usb connector,,, and the mac mini cant detect the keyboard while startup, and its getting worse, whenever i plug anything to usb port (modem , flashdisk, etc) the keyboard start to disconnect (mostly)

so i have a plan to buy new keyboard (wireless? or usb??), but since the apple keyboard is too expensive for me, i want to buy another brand (logitech??? maybe)


what is the advantage and disadvantage using another keyboard ?

and when exactly the mac mini start to detect a keyboard?(i m setting my mac mini to no password, coz if i had . the keyboard is unable when typing password while startup)


Pleaseee help me.... T_T

Mac mini, OS X Mountain Lion (10.8.2)
  • mende1 Level 10 (92,201 points)

    If the Bluetooth wireless keyboard you want to buy has got an external Bluetooth receiver, buy an USB keyboard. Only some Bluetooth wireless keyboards are detected when your computer is starting, and if OS X fails to start, you need to press some keys to solve this, so you should buy a USB one. A Mac detects a Bluetooth keyboard just when you press the start button

  • Rumi ableh Level 1 (5 points)

    ohh thxxx

    what is the best keyboard wireless then?

    can u name it? (except the apple keyboard )

  • BDAqua Level 10 (122,242 points)

    Any KB other than Apple's, but USB is the only way to go really.


    If a PC KB, usually Windows key = Mac's CMD key, alt = Mac's Option/altkey, though some are reversed.

  • Rumi ableh Level 1 (5 points)

    what is the best and cheap keyboard usb then?

  • den.thed Level 7 (25,980 points)

    I've been using this > Desktop MK120 mouse and keyboard combo with my Mac Mini for over a year now. You can also get just the Keyboard K120 on sale at most Electronics and Office outlets.

  • BDAqua Level 10 (122,242 points)

    even a cheap one like this will work...



  • Cattus Thraex Level 4 (1,715 points)

    Any will work, note that the location of Windows, ctrl and alt keys may be puzzling to you: win key is Apple key, and ctrl and alt have a different location as compared to Win [= Apple, i.e. command] key.

    If you decided for a non-Apple keyboard (I would try a sh keyboard first), you may perhaps change the location of some initial keys in Sys pregs/keyboard/modifier keys and also to try a 3rd party utility like DoubleCommand or KeyRemap4MacBook.pkg (useful for any keyboard, not for MacBooks only).

    As a user of various keyboards, just one more word: Apple offers the best and comfortable keyboards, you will notice the difference immediately. If you could afford a mac, perhaps you can afford at least a sh Apple keyboard. Give a try to this first.

  • Rumi ableh Level 1 (5 points)

    thx for the advice,,,

    i already buy logitech ultra flat keyboard (usb ), and so far so good.... i'm just curious,if i use password when login startup,,, im not sure it will detect the keyboard so ican type password then.

    any idea?

    what should i do when it goes like that? coz last time i must bring my mac mini to apple service . to crack password T_T

  • Cattus Thraex Level 4 (1,715 points)

    to be clear: you may use ANY usb keyboard; some bluetooth non-Apple models may be problematic with commands upon boot (after chime), but any USB keyboard will do its job.

  • Rumi ableh Level 1 (5 points)

    ahhhh good to hear that,,,

    many thanks to you!!