Apple Wireless Keyboard not being discovered by Mac Mini

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  1. MmmPancakes macrumors 6502

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    Hi guys.

    I recently purchased an Apple Wireless Keyboard for general purpose use on our iPad 2s and our Mac Mini.

    I've tested the connecttion on the Ipads and on my MacBook - the keyboard works and pairs nicely.

    However, on my Mac Mini, the keyboard is not being discovered by the Mini. I've tried both through the Bluetooth settings and through the "add a bluetooth keyboard" option in Preferences.

    The computer searches, and the keyboard is never recognized.

    I've tried restarting the keyboard, and I've also cycled the Bluetooth on the Mini through On and Off.

    Any thoughts?
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  2. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

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    Did you try disconnecting the keyboard from the iPads before trying to pair it with the Mac mini?
     
  3. MmmPancakes thread starter macrumors 6502

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    I did. Still no dice.
     
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  5. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

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  6. MmmPancakes thread starter macrumors 6502

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    I've taken the batteries out of the keyboard. Maybe if it sits without power for awhile it will reset.
     
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  8. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

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    How does PRAM/NVRAM have anything to do with Bluetooth?
     
  9. cube macrumors G5

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    The known MBP Bluetooth problem is still not fixed on my 2008 Unibody.
    When Bluetooth fails, resetting the PRAM is what I have to do to fix it. This is documented.
     
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  11. MmmPancakes thread starter macrumors 6502

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    In my case, the Apple Wireless Keyboard actually works on my iPads -and- on my 2011 MacBook Pro.

    However, on my late-2009 Mac Mini, it doesn't work ... Other Bluetooth devices work on the Mac-Mini, however.
     
  12. cube macrumors G5

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    Just google 'bluetooth mac pram', 'bluetooth mbp pram'.
     
  13. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

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    I'm not looking for someone's forum posts, but rather an official document from Apple. Too many in the forums recommend resetting PRAM for a host of things that have nothing to do with PRAM, such as battery issues. At this point, I'm not challenging that it doesn't relate to Bluetooth; I'm just looking for more than someone's opinion as verification.
     
  14. cube macrumors G5

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    The other day my mouse stopped working even if it appeared as connected, while the keyboard was still working I think.

    I reset PRAM, and it fixed it as usual. I didn't try it immediately because what it usually happens it that the whole Bluetooth support just disappears from the Mac.
     
  15. cube macrumors G5

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    It's not an opinion. Resetting the PRAM is what fixes this crappy Bluetooth all the time on my machine.
     
  16. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

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    Again, do you have any official documentation that PRAM addresses Bluetooth, or just anecdotal evidence?

    There's no mention of PRAM here:
    Troubleshooting wireless mouse and keyboard issues
     
  17. cube macrumors G5

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    What evidence do you want from Apple? Like the crappy AEBS USB support?
     
  18. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

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    A mere mention of PRAM as a solution to Bluetooth issues would do nicely.
     
  19. cube macrumors G5

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    Look for a general fix of device issues, not an admission that Bluetooth has a problem on some MBPs.
     
  20. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

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    Since the troubleshooting guide does mention restarting but not PRAM/NVRAM, it's possible that it's not the PRAM/NVRAM reset, but the restart that you do in the process that's fixing the issue.
     
  21. cube macrumors G5

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    No. It's not just restarting.

    The PRAM stores device configuration. It's not strange that when you reset it the device gets reconfigured and fixes the problem until the next time it fails.
     

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