FYI- Wireless Keyboard in OS 9.2

Discussion in 'PowerPC Macs' started by Ih8reno, Aug 30, 2015.

  1. Ih8reno macrumors 65816


    Aug 10, 2012
    Thought i would share this with all of you running Power Macs with no bluetooth. I was just working on my Digital Audio running 9.2.2 and had connected it to my cinema display with a Logitech K750 wireless dongle connected to it. I thought I'd see if anything would happen when I used the keyboard and lo and behold it is recognized. This is my main keyboard and I couldn't be happier that support goes this far back.
  2. MisterKeeks macrumors 68000


    Nov 15, 2012
    I believe these keyboards look exactly the same as a wired USB keyboard to the computer, so any keyboard like this should in theory work.
  3. Anonymous Freak macrumors 603

    Anonymous Freak

    Dec 12, 2002
    And Bluetooth even works for one specific configuration:
    The D-Link DBT-120M USB Bluetooth adapter (the M model specifically.)
    Apple Wireless Keyboard (the first generation.)
    Apple Wireless Mouse (the first generation.)

    Boot in to OS X, pair the mouse and keyboard, apply Apple's Bluetooth firmware update, then reboot in to Mac OS 9 - it will work. Also works for pre-boot key combinations.
  4. Ih8reno thread starter macrumors 65816


    Aug 10, 2012
    Just thought this was great as this is a recent computer (with only os 9 on it) and a great solution for those of us without bluetooth and want a recent keyboard.
  5. sixteenbitify macrumors newbie


    Jul 8, 2015
    Los Angeles, CA
    Do the volume keys from the Logitech K750 work on OS 9?
  6. Ih8reno thread starter macrumors 65816


    Aug 10, 2012
    Just hooked it back up. It unfortunately didn't work. You burst my bubble it seems! It asks to set up hot function keys for F1-F15
  7. Altemose macrumors G3


    Mar 26, 2013
    Elkton, Maryland
    Wireless USB keyboards that include a dongle will appear as a standard USB keyboard to the OS unless it supports a more advanced driver (e.g. Logitech Keyboards when special software is installed).
  8. weckart macrumors 601

    Nov 7, 2004
    All that is required from the host computer for RF dongles is enough power from the USB sockets to activate the RF signals. All of the pairing is done in hardware unlike most BT peripherals that rely on the host OS to do the handshaking. This is why most BT keyboards are inactive pre-boot and cannot be used to access Open Firmware or BIOSes and why there is often a delay in using the latter after waking from sleep.

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