New Apple Keyboard (volume control) issues.

Discussion in 'Mac Accessories' started by Jeremy Gray, Aug 13, 2007.

  1. macrumors regular

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    Hi, I'm using the new Apple Keyboard (wired) with my Mac Pro, and I can't seem to figure out how to use F9-F12 keys for volume control and not for Dashboard and stuff like that. I know this should be an obvious fix, but I'm drawing a blank on how to fix this.
     
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    kbmb

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    Don't have the keyboard, so I don't know for sure, but wasn't there a software update after the keyboard was released? Maybe run software update to see if you get new keyboard software that recognizes the new layout?

    -Kevin
     
  3. macrumors 6502

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    ive been thinking asbout getting one for my macbook for my desk
     
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    devman

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    Attach the keyboard, then run software update to download the keyboard update. Reboot.

    This was the trick on my laptop (I assume the same pref is there for a desktop).

    System Preferences->Keyboard&Mouse->Keyboard

    Then untick Use all F1, F2, etc. keys as standard function keys.

    I don't know if that's your problem but it is what got it going it for me.
     
  5. macrumors demi-god

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    I bought the new wired keyboard for my MacBook, installed keyboard update through Software Update & manually downloaded it. The only keys that I can get working are the volume keys. None of the other keys do anything. I've tried playing with System Prefs->Keyboard&Mouse but to no avail.

    Seems interesting that more and more peopl are having this problem. I'm seeing crop up in discussions.apple.com
     
  6. macrumors regular

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    Worst of all the Option/Alt key cannot be used at boot to select the drive or partition desired anymore. That is criminal Apple. Why has this function been removed?
     
  7. macrumors member

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    Just in case you don't see my reply to your other thread regarding the new wired keyboard...

    I bought the new wired keyboard for my Mac Pro and the option key works perfectly for selecting the startup drive/partition, so apparently this function hasn't been removed.
     
  8. macrumors newbie

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    Volume Control Issue

    My issue is with volume control as well. On my MAC PRO, using a wired keyboard. I had it set up with external speakers and was able to control volume with keyboard. Now all of the sudden that doesn't work any more. All I can control is the internal speakers. What's up with that? I didn't install any update or anything else...

    Thoughts?
     
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  10. macrumors newbie

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    Thanks for the link! That seems to have fixed the problem (at least after a reboot). We'll see if it permanently fixed it...

    BTW - Your post might have cost me $49 :eek: ; I didn't know that Apple has an aluminum keyboard until I clicked on your link. Nice!
     
  11. macrumors newbie

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    Well just I feared... I had to reboot for some reason and now the issue is back. I re-installed the keyboard update, restarted, and it's still a problem... So it's definitely something that's beyond the keyboard updater. I wonder if Leopard fixes it?

    Thanks.
     

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