Apple keyboard for pc?

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by ltzraymond, Jul 21, 2009.

  1. ltzraymond macrumors member

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    being a PC and mac user, I want to know if i could use the apple keyboard instead of a pc one. My dell keyboard recently broke is there a way that i could use an apple keyboard to my dell?
     
  2. thegoldenmackid macrumors 604

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  3. Shake 'n' Bake macrumors 68020

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    It's just a keyboard. There's nothing special about it, aside from the outrageous price. Buy it.
     
  4. bkap16 macrumors member

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    Well, other than the fact that it has the CMD key instead of the Windows key.
     
  5. jbrenn macrumors 6502a

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  6. garya macrumors newbie

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    Yes you can use Apple keyboard with PC

    Jan 15, 2010
    I am using an Apple keyboard with a PC to type this. I have the Apple wired full size aluminum keyboard. My PC is Windows 7.

    Just plug in the Apple kb and turn on the PC. The kb works fine for all the normal keys. But to make the Apple kb more useful, use a key remapper program. I use KeyTweak (google KeyTweak and download the program AND the user's manual).

    Here is some info. Using KeyTweak shows that all Apple keys produce a scan code EXCEPT Eject and fn. All the function keys produce scan codes even F13 thru F19. Also note that control is Ctrl; alt/option is Alt; command is the Windows logo key; clear is NumLock. With KeyTweak I remapped F7 thru F12 to act as the volume and media keys (matching exactly the Apple kb markings). I also remapped F13 as PrintScn and the Apple numpad equal (=) to be equal. Now I had a very functional kb.

    But I went one step further, remapping F16 thru F19 to be My Computer, Calculator, Email, and WWW Home respectively. Once you learn KeyTweak (it takes a while) you can do a remapping in just a few minutes. And everything can be set back to the default settings easily.

    PS, one further trick. I like a volume bar to show up on the monitor screen when I use the volume up/down/mute keys. Download and install Microsoft IntelliType. Pick a wired kb to install, I use Microsoft KB500, and presto you have it. Nothing else happens best I can tell, since the MS kb driver is for all the "special" keys on most MS kb's and the Apple kb has none of those.
     
  7. HellDiverUK macrumors 6502

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    Thanks for the info. 6 months after the thread died...

    Hint: check the date of the last post in a thread, generally if it's over a few weeks ago, then it's bad form to revive the thread.
     
  8. phoobo macrumors regular

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    These are still the best

    keyboards ever manufactured.

    You can snag them on ebay.

    You'll never need to buy another one for the rest of your life.
    They never wear out, and won't give you carpal tunnel.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Model_M_keyboard

    Made in USA!
     
  9. Paul B macrumors 6502

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    You might have to remap some keys but yea, Apple keyboards work on PCs.
     
  10. Consultant macrumors G5

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    Typically people who revive threads with product promos are just product promoters.
     

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