8 Replies Latest reply: Nov 10, 2013 6:25 PM by Ramón G Castañeda
Ramón G Castañeda Level 4 Level 4

This archived discussion was the only reference I could find regarding the use of a short Apple wired aluminum keyboard A1242—such as the one that came with some iMacs some five years ago—on a Power PC under Tiger 10.4.11, specifically my G5 Quad.  I just came into possession of one.






The issue is exactly the same as described by the OP and BDAqua in that some F keys do not work as expected.  The only one that I would love to have fully functional is F10 for muting and unmuting the speaker.


Other than that, the rest of the keyboard works perfectly, and I'm ecstatic to have gotten ride of the by now—in my retirement—utterly useless numeric keypad and to have the mouse and the tablet, when in use, within easy reach.


My reason for posting now is just to see if  anyone else has confirmed BDAqua's speculation that it's simply a PPC/Tiger issue, rather than a defective keyboard.  The keyboard works fine when connected to my Snow Leopard 10.6.8 system through my USB switch box.  So the keyboard is not at fault.


I haven't yet tried booting the G5 Quad into Leopard (alternative boot volume available and ready) because, frankly, I have no use for Leopard any more now that I'm hooked up to a Snow Leopard system through a rescued-from-the-trash MacIntel Mac Book.


Thanks in advance for any input from anybody. 

PowerMac, Mac OS X (10.4.11), 2.5G5Quad,16GB,7800GTX 512MB, Tiger
Solved by BDAqua on May 25, 2013 10:58 AM Solved



I think Spark cured this for another person and the same problem...



Reply by Ramón G Castañeda on May 25, 2013 11:50 AM Helpful

Here's a pretty good web site with an illustrated user guide/tutorial for using Spark:




Thanks again, BDAqua!

Reply by BDAqua on May 25, 2013 11:54 AM Helpful

Spark does need to be running, but it's a very small price to pay for Apple's incantation of "You once were a pig, now your a cow, you once were a cow, now your a chicken"!


You can add it to...


System Preferences>Accounts>Login Items window.

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