USB keyboard for eMac

Discussion in 'PowerPC Macs' started by a27, Mar 30, 2009.

  1. a27
    macrumors regular

    Jul 10, 2008
    I need to get a USB keyboard that will work on some eMac

    Can I buy any USB keyboard or does it have to be branded by Apple?

    Thank you.
  2. macrumors G5


    Jun 27, 2007
    Any usb keyboard will work.

    Windows keyboard has the command key in a different place though so it doesn't work so well if you use keyboard shortcuts a lot.

    Companies do sell aftermarket keyboard for Mac.
  3. a27
    thread starter macrumors regular

    Jul 10, 2008
    Thank you!
  4. macrumors 6502


    Aug 25, 2008
    Banks Peninsula, New Zealand
    From a fellow eMac user, yes, any USB k/b, no need for drivers, just a simple detection process to go through for non-Apple k/b's. I've used generic Win k/b's for over three years and much prefer them - and they're much cheaper than Apple brand.

    Three differences in particular you should keep in mind:
    1. Cmd (Apple) = Windows key
    2. Option = Alt
    3. Eject optical disk (if applicable) = f12 (hold)
    You'll get used to those changes very quickly. Things like Ctrl, Esc. Shift, Tab etc are just the same.
  5. macrumors 6502

    Mar 12, 2009
    Thanks for this, did not know that.
  6. macrumors 603


    Jul 26, 2004
    Montreal, QC
    You can remap the modifier keys in  -> System Preferences -> Keyboard & Mouse -> Keyboard -> Modifier Keys. Personally, I have caps lock turned off altogether.

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