Help! Resetting Bluetooth name in Apple white bluetooth wireless keyboard (A1016)?

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  1. timidhermit, Aug 1, 2015
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    timidhermit macrumors regular

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    I got my hands on an used Apple first-gen white plastic (not aluminum) Bluetooth wireless keyboard (A1016).

    After some troubleshooting, I was finally able to get it paired in Windows 7.

    The problem is that the keyboard is shown as being named "peter's keyboard", presumably that was the name given to the keyboard when the keyboard was first paired by the original owner.

    I tried and tried but could not find a way to "reset" this name or delete or modify it. I tried to do this in Windows Bluetooth property settings for the device. I can enter the change. But later if I choose to repair the keyboard, the old name showed up again.

    I assume that the keyboard itself has some NVRAM that keeps track of the name.

    Can someone tell me how I can "reset" this old keyboard (unlike the aluminum one, there is no 3-sec press on the power button trick since the power button is a toggle)?

    Also, does anyone know the "default" device name given to this keyboard (before it gets replaced by the user's name)?
     
  2. Altemose macrumors G3

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    Under OS X, you would simply go to System Preferences --> Bluetooth, select the device, option click on the "gear" and hit rename. To my knowledge, there is no default name as it is assigned automatically once connected to a user's computer. I am not aware of this functionality to rename it under Windows.
     
  3. timidhermit thread starter macrumors regular

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    Is there anyway I can "reset" the non-volatile RAM in this old style white keyboard like with the newer aluminum ones?

     
  4. Altemose macrumors G3

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    To my knowledge it only holds the name which is easily changed.
     
  5. timidhermit thread starter macrumors regular

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    Do you know of a hardware way to "wipe" the non-volatile memory on the keyboard that holds the previously paired device name? Right now, the only way is to pair the keyboard with a Mac and then use System Preference to change it.

    Wondering if there is a "hard reset" for the keyboard?

     
  6. Altemose macrumors G3

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    You can try this but even Apple states that the only reset is to use the power button to turn the keyboard off and on again.
     
  7. timidhermit thread starter macrumors regular

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    Thanks for your help. Unfortunately, the discussion you mentioned was for the aluminum keyboard. As such, there is NO power button I can press on the original white keyboard. The keyboard I have has only an On/Off toggle.
     
  8. Altemose macrumors G3

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    In that case, I am not aware of any other reset.
     

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