Bluetooth or Wireless mouse

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  1. dyusem macrumors member

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    I just purchased a mint Apple iBook G4/1.42 14-Inch (Mid-2005 - Op) Specs (M9848LL/A) for my daughter and I want to purchase a mouse.

    This iBook supports bluetooth and I was wondering if that means that I could use a bluetooth mouse. Also, will right-click functionality work with this iBook?

    And finally, if using a bluetooth mouse is possible, does anyone have any suggestions for a great quality and portable mouse?

    Thanks in advance!!!
     
  2. Denarius macrumors 6502a

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    Certainly, all recent macs with bluetooth can have a bluetooth mouse, so I can't imagine that a slightly older one would have a problem either.
     
  3. spinnerlys Guest

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    The iBook supports right click ability with a two (or more) button mouse.

    Be sure to check the System Profiler > Hardware > Bluetooth section if there really is a Bluetooth adapter inside.

    For trackpad right clicking and scrolling, iScroll was a charm.

    Either use the Magic or Mighty Mouse.

    Or get one of the Logitech models, but I don't know which exactly.
     
  4. dyusem thread starter macrumors member

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    Thanks for the feedback!

    Yes there is a factory installed bluetooth adapter which functions perfectly.

    The magic mouse looks great BUT it requires OS X v10.5.8 or later with Wireless Mouse Software Update 1.0 and the OS of this iBook is OS X v10.4.11.

    Unsure if v10.5.8 will run on a PowerPC and I'm very unsure that I want to upgrade if it does.

    Perhaps I need to look at a non-Apple mouse...

     
  5. spinnerlys Guest

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    The iBook is capable of running Mac OS X 10.5.8, if you up the RAM to 1.25GB RAM.

    But I still think Tiger is the better choice with that iBook.
     
  6. Denarius macrumors 6502a

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    Yup, I think Leopard would struggle on a G4.
     
  7. dyusem thread starter macrumors member

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    Thanks again for the feedback!

    I'll keep running the current OS and find an appropriate mouse, perhaps the Logitech V450 Nano which isn't bluetooth but is relatively small, gets good battery life, reasonable price and has a bunch of great reviews.
     
  8. andalusia macrumors 68030

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    Get the old Mighty Mouse, it's still a pretty good mouse.
     

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