Apple Wireless Keyboard and XP

Discussion in 'Mac Accessories' started by Limonade3, Apr 14, 2008.

  1. Limonade3 macrumors newbie

    Apr 1, 2008
    Does anybody have some solid instructions on how to hook up the apple bluetooth wireless keyboard to a PC running XP SP2?

    I think I've read most of what was other there including some tweaks in regedit etc, but I can't seem to get anything to work.

    I would like to just have 1 wireless keyboard on my desk, as I sometimes have to hook up my work laptop to my monitor.

    I picked up a kensington bluetooth USB adapter that runs the WIDCOMM drivers...

    Anybody have any experience getting this combination to work?
  2. MM07 macrumors 6502a

    Feb 10, 2008
    Do you have all of the Apple updates for XP SP2?
  3. Limonade3 thread starter macrumors newbie

    Apr 1, 2008
    Maybe that's my problem...
    what updates are you referring to?
  4. MM07 macrumors 6502a

    Feb 10, 2008
    There might be some updates that you need to get it to work.

    Did you put in your OS X install disk after you installed windows? This adds the bluetooth and many other useful Mac tools to use in windows.
  5. Limonade3 thread starter macrumors newbie

    Apr 1, 2008
    Ahh, maybe it would help to say that I'm not trying to use the keyboard in Windows via bootcamp or any other Windows/mac combination. This is a standard dell laptop from work. Are there still updates I would need to get from Apple?

  6. CWallace macrumors 603


    Aug 17, 2007
    Seattle, WA
    The drivers are on your Leopard install disc.
  7. Anonymous Freak macrumors 603

    Anonymous Freak

    Dec 12, 2002
    The original poster never mentions *ANYTHING* about Leopard.

    He has a stock-standard PC (a Dell,) and an Apple Wireless Keyboard. No mention of a Mac anywhere. No mention of Mac OS X, Leopard, Boot Camp, or anything.

    Assume the poster doesn't even know what a "Mac" is. That he has this nice shiny Apple-branded keyboard, and a Windows-running PC; and not a Mac or OS X disc in sight.

    Here are some links regarding fixing the issue:
    MacRumors post
    Neowin forums thread
  8. 4pples macrumors newbie

    May 26, 2008
    Finally Got It Working

    Ok so if you have read all of these posts like I have, and still could not type in the passord because of the grey box, I was in your shoes and finally got it to work!!

    Lovin the keyboard by the way guys, its worth all the effort!!

    Ok so moving on... like I said I was pulling out my hair reading everyones posts and still having the same problem (not being able to type in the password) and I finally got so frustrated I started pushing all these buttons on the Apple Keyboard, and it started working lol.

    Now I cant tell you the EXACT process I did, as it started working unexpectedly, but I know it happened when I pushed the 'return' key on the Apple keyboard. Just remember before I go on with more info, that the final step was hitting the 'RETURN' key on the Apple keyboard.

    I cant give you an exact process of what I did, because I tried a bunch of different things at different times....but I will tell you anything that may here go's...

    Ok I hooked up a second keyboard like people told me to do, but that did not do anything for me... it has something to do with typing something in on the keyboard your hooking up (the apple keyboard)

    Just before I hit the 'return' key, I typed in '1111' after following that other post above that says to do some changes in your system to make it '1111' so follow that process...

    So yeh, I typed 1111 and even though I did not see the numbers in the box, I pushed 'return' and it started working.... I could not believe it... and I thought once I restarted my computer that it would stop working, but its been working flawless for a week now!!

    Ok what else did I do.... I didn't go find certain drivers like everyone was talking about, but I did go into the file and update the drivers by right clicking, then properties, drivers, and update drivers.... not sure if that did anything or not, but I remember it being one of the things I did...

    oh and for refference, I am using a Kensington bluetooth adaptor for my PC.

    Hmmm what else... I dunno, I just played around alot by always trying to sync over and over, and sometimes it would have the green arrows beside the keyboard icon and sometime not... you may have to time it so you hit 'return' at a certain point.....

    Ok I know that was a horrible step by step process, but hopefully something in there helps someone, because I was just about to send this thing back, and it started working, so trust me there is a way!! and once you do it you wont have to touch anything again, it just works flawless all the time!!! good luck!!!

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