Bluetooth nightmare (try not to laugh)

Discussion in 'iMac' started by doctorcloudbase, Jul 18, 2011.

  1. doctorcloudbase macrumors newbie

    Jul 18, 2011

    Accidently clicked the 'bluetooth off' icon on the top right of the screen on my 27 inch iMac, and of course lost use of the mouse and keyboard.

    Then made the mistake of doing a forced reset of the machine by pressing and holding the power button, and now I have a login screen, and neither the mouse nor the keyboard can connect to the iMac, because bluetooth is turned off. So I cant log on, I am 'stuck'.

    What now? I am not aware of a physical button anywhere on the iMac to turn bluetooth back on, and I have tried in vain fiddling with the on off buttons on both peripherals.

    I do have a USB graphics tablet, which allows me to move the pointer round the login screen, but I do not know of a way of bringing up a software keyboard or whatever to 'type' my login....

    WTF do I do?! Would a Windows PC USB kwyboard be recognised and useable?

    Im completely stuck. I hope there is a simple answer, but I cannot think of it!


  2. doctorcloudbase thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jul 18, 2011
  3. darknite38 macrumors regular

    Nov 18, 2010
    Yes, use a pc keyboard and a mouse, this isnt 2001.
  4. doctorcloudbase thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jul 18, 2011

    I have a Windows USB mouse that is working, but again I have no idea whether there is a way of bringing up a software keyboard without the keyboard, if you see what I mean!


  5. thebignewt macrumors regular

    Jun 10, 2011
    How about you push the little "ON" buttons on the keyboard and mouse themselves, like you did when you bought it.
  6. chrfr macrumors 604

    Jul 11, 2009
    That won't switch bluetooth on in the computer itself.
  7. doctorcloudbase thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jul 18, 2011
    Hi Newt

    I can push those buttons all I like, buy if the Bluetooth on the iMac isn't switched on (which it isn't) then the mouse and keyboard can't connect with it to do anything - you see my dilemma?
  8. brucem91 macrumors 6502

    Dec 9, 2009
    Yes, my sister did the same thing once to. Any usb keyboard ("mac", "pc", dongle wireless", ect) should work long enough for you to type in the password. You may be even able to borrow one shortly from someone. But I would always recommend a backup wired keyboard (any brand) in case something like this happens.
  9. FeatureFilmDIT macrumors newbie

    Jul 11, 2014
    South Africa & London
    Apple Still Have not Fixed this in 2014

    Yes I feel like an idiot for turning off my bluetooth and restarting my 2014 27" iMac. :eek: But in 2014 how can apple allow us to turn off the bluetooth if our mouse and keyboard connect with it? Where do you find a wired keyboard or mouse in 2014? :rolleyes: Thanks :apple:
  10. Apple fanboy macrumors Nehalem

    Apple fanboy

    Feb 21, 2012
    Behind the Lens, UK
    Just about everyone in our office.
  11. northernmunky macrumors 6502a


    Jan 19, 2007
    London, Taipei
    In all fairness I have to agree with you, no one should be expected to keep a wired mouse and keyboard in the house - not everyone cares about such things (despite me being someone who has just that just for such an eventuality), so I reckon bluetooth should probably being a physical button on the machine would probably be a good idea.
  12. FeatureFilmDIT macrumors newbie

    Jul 11, 2014
    South Africa & London
    Or at lease a pop up "Warning you are about to make yourself look like an idiot are you sure you wanna do this??" :D
  13. cynics macrumors G4

    Jan 8, 2012
    Unplug EVERYTHING. ALL usb devices and even the wall outlet. With absolutely nothing connected (USB drives, USB wires, etc) plug the Mac back into the wall and turn it on.

    It SHOULD enter a setup mode looking for an input source and turn blue tooth back on.

    A friend of mine did the same thing and at that time it seemed to work.
  14. FeatureFilmDIT, Sep 3, 2014
    Last edited: Sep 3, 2014

    FeatureFilmDIT macrumors newbie

    Jul 11, 2014
    South Africa & London
    Thanks for the help. Unfortunately I'm running :apple: Server on my machine and this process doesn't work on :apple: Server :rolleyes:

    So I went a bought a USB mouse..... Would not work with my iMac. :(
    Then I connected to my iMac via my Finder on my MacBookPro and was able to share screen :)
    This was possible because I had set it up a while back to connect via my :apple:ID

    So Solution found :D God luck to the rest of you guys out there ;)
  15. dnicestone macrumors newbie

    Nov 5, 2016
    A bit late but I too ran into this issue. Accidentally turned off bluetooth, so my wireless mouse became useless. Luckily google is amazing. If your keyboard is usb you just have to click "command + space bar" and the "spotlight" aka search tool will appear. Type in "bluetooth file exchange" and click enter when it appears. Once that opens it will ask if you want to turn bluetooth on, click enter and it voilaaaaa!!!
  16. peterparkour macrumors newbie

    Aug 3, 2019
    What a smug thing to say.

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