Apple keyboards on a PC?

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by stainlessliquid, Aug 7, 2007.

  1. stainlessliquid macrumors 68000

    Sep 22, 2006
    What are Apple keyboards like on a PC? Im not talking about Bootcamp, but on a real PC with Windows. I know that they function as a generic keyboard, but do the basic buttons like volume work? Windows supports stuff like volume and certain other buttons for generic driverless keyboards and mice, but Apple keyboards may not send the standardized command for volume that Windows would recognize (I imagine they do since my Dinovo's volume and media player keys work just fine in OS X even though logitec doesnt have mac drivers).

    Im thinking about picking up a wired keyboard for the PC since theyve finally gone with the far supperior laptop style keys, but I would definately need the volume keys to work so I can adjust the volume from inside a game.
  2. sbluetruck macrumors regular


    Jul 25, 2007
    Wisconsin der hey
    i've had the same question too.
    this might help

    it's the Apple keyboards and keyboard mapping in windows XP

    "If you disable the Apple Keyboard Support driver, Windows XP will not recognize the extended Function keys on Apple external keyboards"

    according to Apple, unless you're using bootcamp and the Apple drivers, you don't get the same extended functionality.

    still, it would make a pretty bad @$$ generic keyboard.

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