Apple Pro USB Keyboard on Windows?

Discussion in 'Macintosh Computers' started by BicyclePunk, Nov 3, 2003.

  1. macrumors regular

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    I have the newest non-wireless keyboard Apple makes that came with my G5. I want to use a switch so I can use my PC and G5 off the same keyboard and monitor. I plugged the keyboard into the PC and it didn't work. Does anyone know if there are drivers anywere so my Win98 machine can see the keyboard? Thanks.
     
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    I dunno about drivers for Win98, but I plugged my apple keyboard into my comp running XP and it detected it instantly as an "Apple Keyboard", installed the drivers and I was typing on it in under 15 seconds - who says Microsoft is completely incompetant?

    My guess if it doesn't work out of the box with Win98, it never will :(. XP is probably the only Windows OS that supports it.
     
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    98 was decent back in the day, but now it is so old, nothing is supported on it. if you plan on keeping your pc around for awhile, i would reccomend an upgrade to xp.
     
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    98, or 98SE?

    Is it Windows 98, or Windows 98 SE ? I think SE has better USB support, and I think I've used an Apple Keyboard with it (I won't swear to it, though) I do know that windows 2000 and XP do recognise it immediately.

    An alternative is to get a third party keyboard (Microsoft actually has someone decent making their rebranded keyboards, at least for the "ergonomic" ones... and those will work on either system easily.)
     
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    Laslo Panaflex

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    yeah, I have a KVM switch for my PC and G5 and the keyboard works great on XP, in fact the volume and mute keys even work, I love it.
     
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    Looks like I have regular old Win98...which I understand doesn't like any USB. Sounds like I need to upgrade. Thanks for the feedback.
     
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    Which KVM do you use? I've recently ordered a PowerBook and I'd like to share a mouse & keyboard with a PC (much like your setup).
     

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