Mac Mini 2011 - Wireless Keyboard During Initial Setup

Discussion in 'Mac mini' started by floridonet, Aug 10, 2011.

  1. floridonet macrumors regular

    Apr 5, 2011
    Irvine, CA
    Has anyone tried running through the setup using the Apple wireless keyboard (Bluetooth)? I spent a good 15 minutes trying to figure it out. The setup seemed like it was searching for a wireless keyboard. I had the keyboard in discovery mode. There was even a message warning the user to make sure batteries are inserted properly, etc...

    I finally gave up and plugged in a USB wireless keyboard and completed the setup. Once in Lion, I added the Apple wireless keyboard as a Bluetooth device.

    Unfortunate that I couldn't get it working during setup.
  2. OTACORB macrumors 65816


    Jun 21, 2009
    Central, Louisiana
    No, the pop up screen came up showing me it was searching and to put the device in discovery mode. Once I did that, it found each one and I was done.
  3. floridonet thread starter macrumors regular

    Apr 5, 2011
    Irvine, CA
    Interesting. I had the keyboard paired up with my iPad, but I put it into discovery mode and shut off BT on the iPad. Still to no avail....
  4. tbayrgs macrumors 603


    Jul 5, 2009
    I had the same problem with my Trackpad. It was previous paired with my old Macbook but I unpaired it and shut off the MB. The screen came up on my new Mini Server instructing me to turn on a BT mouse or trackpad and put it in discovery mode--did so repeatedly (including removing/replacing batteries) to no avail. I also ended up plugging in a mouse with USB dongle and later paired the trackpad.
  5. Darth.Titan macrumors 68030


    Oct 31, 2007
    Austin, TX
    You should probably tell the iPad to "Forget this device" to properly unpair it.
  6. lfc321 macrumors newbie

    Apr 19, 2011
    Had exactly the same problem: couldn't discover the bluetooth keyboard or the magic trackpad during setup. Once up and running with Lion could pair via system preferences with no problem at all. Luckily, since I had a usb keyboard and mouse lying around anyway, it was only a minor annoyance, And now all works fine.
  7. JamSandwich macrumors regular

    May 19, 2006
    In the brief days I was a mini owner, I had this issue as well. It was just finicky... I think I wound up restarting the computer... but at a point the input devices and the computer found each other... didn't seem like there was any good reason they didn't pair immediately.
  8. Cmannen macrumors newbie

    Apr 8, 2011
    I had the same during initial set up. Could not find keyboard or trackpad. I also connected mouse and keyboard trough USB and then in settings I managed to pair.
    Quite annoying since this was my first Mac and all is supposed to be so easy.
  9. GrendelsBane macrumors newbie

    Jun 1, 2011
    Again, exact same problem here and same solution. Everyone should have a spare usb mouse and keyboard lying around somewhere for these situations!
  10. P4G macrumors newbie

    May 3, 2011
    Melbourne Australia
    Same problem here, probably because I didn't unpair mouse and keyboard first. Ended up remoting in for the install which worked a treat, particularly as I didn't have a spare usb keyboard lying around.
  11. iDave macrumors 6502a

    Aug 14, 2003
    Same problem here, with both keyboard and trackpad. Still, every time I have to reboot, the mini takes at least 30 seconds to recognize the trackpad after the boot process is finished.
  12. Mr.C macrumors 601

    Apr 3, 2011
    London, UK.
    I had exactly the same problem with my Apple wireless keyboard when setting up my 2011 Mini for the first time over the weekend.

    I was actually planning on using a USB keyboard and mouse for the setup process and assumed I had a USB keyboard lying around when I didn't. I tried using the Apple wireless keyboard I had been using with my 2009 Mini but it just wouldn't connect and the same message kept popping up. I hadn't bothered trying to use the Track Pad as I had an Apple USB mouse.

    In the end I had to run down to a local store and buy a cheap £10 Logitech keyboard whilst leaving the Mini on. I did disconnect it from my old Mini but I guess maybe I needed to actually unpaid it. Anyway at least now I have a USB keyboard and mouse at hand just incase I need them again sometime.

    On a related note a couple of times I've restarted or turned on the new Mini and it hasn't recognised the keyboard automatically and I've had to manually reconnect it.
  13. mikelat macrumors newbie

    Dec 14, 2009
    Vancouver BC
    Catch22 with the mini server

    More or less the same story in that the mini just kept cycling back and forth looking for the wireless keyboard/mouse once it had determined there was no wired one hooked up. I happened to haves USB mouse in my junk box and clicking on the keyboard picture brought up a box that said "found keyboard" but never cycled to connecting it. There was a button in the box that said "continue" but assumed that was for after it connected. Wrong!

    After pushing continue immediately upon the keyboard being discovered it hooked up and I was in business and the wireless mouse hooked up the same way but if I haden't had the old USB mouse hanging around I would still be looking at the pictures cycling away.
  14. Mr.C macrumors 601

    Apr 3, 2011
    London, UK.
    Just to expand further on this issue I am still having similar related issues. I have an Apple Magic Mouse, Track Pad and wireless bluetooth keyboard connected. Whenever I turn on or restart my Mini the Magic Mouse connects automatically just fine. However neither the keyboard nor Track Pad will connect. It seems like they are not pairing automatically. I have to turn them on and pair them manually. I never had this problem on my old 2009 Mini running Snow Leopard. Is this a bug in Lion or is there something wrong with my setup.
  15. saulinpa macrumors 6502a

    Jun 15, 2008
    Are your devices set to be favorites? I found that mine weren't but making them favorites let them reconnect automatically.
  16. Mr.C, Aug 11, 2011
    Last edited: Aug 11, 2011

    Mr.C macrumors 601

    Apr 3, 2011
    London, UK.
    I don't think they are. How do you set them as favourites ?

    Also any ideas on how to give them proper names. In Snow Leopard they appeared automatically under Bluetooth preferences with their actual names. In Lion they appear as alpha numeric based names and you can't tell them apart. There is an option in Bluetooth preferences to rename them but it doesn't work.

    Edit: OK I figured out how to make them favourites but I still can't assign them their actual names.
  17. Ashwee macrumors member


    Dec 10, 2003
    I had to do the same as you, get out my USB keyboard and mouse to set up my bluetooth ones, probably a Lion bug, like the sleep one :-(
  18. ndriver182 macrumors 6502a

    Jun 26, 2007
    Ditto. Same problem when I installed it.
  19. MattyO macrumors regular

    May 14, 2011

    same here with my BT mouse. going to go and buy a usb mouse for set up and then take it back.
  20. fluffy macrumors member

    Aug 7, 2003
    I had this problem too, but fortunately I have a lot of USB devices hanging around. After setting everything up, though, I still have a persistent Bluetooth issue in that Lion isn't able to get the human-readable names, vendor ID, or device ID of any Bluetooth devices, which is really annoying (so e.g. it doesn't report battery status correctly or tell me whether it's my keyboard or mouse that's complaining about low battery, and when I do disconnect a device it's a crapshoot as to which one I'm disconnecting since it's not like I can remember which one is which).

    I suspect it's a problem due to a bug in the new Bluetooth 4.0 driver.

    At least the devices work, but it's a pain to keep track of them.
  21. infamous macrumors member

    Jun 30, 2007
    Los Angeles
    I'm the latest with this problem and dont have a spare mouse or keyboard.. argh:mad:
  22. Motliest Crue macrumors regular

    Jun 10, 2010
    New England
    I had this problem at the initially. I restarted and was fine.

    I did have a spare USB keyboard however.
  23. infamous macrumors member

    Jun 30, 2007
    Los Angeles
    I actually found a mouse usb and that was all i needed thank god to be able to get far enough to actually sync with my dinovo edge.
  24. philipma1957 macrumors 603


    Apr 13, 2010
    Howell, New Jersey
    good that you got it to work and this is a pita. but you need a usb mouse or keyboard in a mac or pc home and you need one optical device for programs.

    I do many many many builds and usb mice usb keyboard usb dock usb dvd player plus cat 5 wire net have bailed out problems time and time again.
  25. daniel-b macrumors member

    Jan 27, 2012
    The initial setup of my Mac Mini worked OK with my Microsoft bluetooth keyboard and mouse.

    What I can't get to work is when you need to restart and hold a key. For this I really do need a USB keyboard.


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