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Ih8reno

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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.
 
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MisterKeeks

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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.
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.
 

Anonymous Freak

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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.
 

Ih8reno

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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.
 

Ih8reno

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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
 

Altemose

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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).
 

weckart

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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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