Bluetooth Recommendations for a PMG5?

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  1. tevion5 macrumors 68000

    tevion5

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    My G5 Quad is running Leopard and currently uses a generic USB Bluetooth dongle I got on eBay a while back. It seems to work fine for most things, but I now want to use a wireless Mighty Mouse I got in CEX for a steal. But the problem is the cursor staggers and jitters about when I connect it to the G5.

    It isn't a fault with the mouse because it works flawlessly with my MBP under Sierra. So it's clearly something not right with the adapter.

    Can anyone suggest a relatively cheap alternative that will ensure proper functionality with the G5?
     
  2. eyoungren macrumors P6

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    Search for these…

    http://www.ebay.com/itm/BELKIN-Blue...290306?hash=item3a70d7be42:g:QV0AAMXQlgtS8Hav

    http://www.ebay.com/itm/BELKIN-Wire...hash=item5d261b1396:m:m86KAGkYdHom9BFval_BNew

    The difference is range. One is 100M, the other is 10M.

    Both adapters are seen by OS X as native Bluetooth. I.e., you will see the BT icon in the menubar.

    I use the 100M range one with my G4 and it's paired with a Magic Mouse. I can even use some standard mouse gestures such as scrolling by using my fingers on top of the mouse.

    Never had any issues with these. Made by Belkin.
     
  3. tevion5 thread starter macrumors 68000

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    That's exactly the kind of native support I'm looking for. Thanks man, I'll try to hunt one of these down.
     
  4. eyoungren macrumors P6

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    Posting back on this since you're aware I have my G5 now.

    This particular Mac did not come with BT (although the first one I got did). So, I've left my Belkin adapter in place (it's plugged into my keyboard USB slot) and I get exactly what you are looking for.

    Native Bluetooth. Just like in my G4.
     
  5. jbarley, Dec 31, 2016
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    jbarley macrumors 68040

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    Try some of the Apple pre-boot key commands such as cmd+S for single user mode or the Alt key to get to the boot selection screen,
    I hope your USB dongle "Native Bluetooth" works better then mine.:(

    I just re-read your post Erik and picked up on the fact that you are still using a USB keyboard so my rant from above wouldn't effect you, just those of us using BT keyboards.
     
  6. eyoungren macrumors P6

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    Yeah, I prefer a wired keyboard. I use a BT Magic Mouse at home because it's nice to scroll webpages using the back of the mouse.

    But for design work I prefer the Mighty Mouse. Unlike the Magic Mouse, the MM is light and easy to push around - especially when doing finer control work. The Magic Mouse is just a brick to push around in those situations.

    I don't care for BT keyboards either way. One of the reasons being the problem(s) you mentioned.
     
  7. jbarley macrumors 68040

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    I also like the Mighty mouse, except for those dumb-ass "side-squeeze" buttons which are next to useless for anything.
     
  8. eyoungren macrumors P6

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    They have at least ONE use I like. :)

    There are times when I am outlining an object in Photoshop but I need to pick up the mouse and move it without affecting the selection. Pressing the side buttons together tells Photoshop to hold the selection but not let the mouse move until I put it down.

    So, it's useful for that. But otherwise, yeah, I agree with you.
     

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