mac mini doesn't like USB keyboard & mouse

Discussion in 'Mac mini' started by cordman, Jan 5, 2016.

  1. cordman macrumors newbie

    Jan 5, 2016
    San Diego
    Why does my late 2014 mac mini disconnect the usb keyboard and usb mouse? It seems the mac mini only wants to connect Bluetooth devices. When waking up the computer from sleep mode, the keyboard and mouse are non-operable. I have to power off the mac mini manually with the power button, then reboot. The computer is connected by Ethernet to a router.

    In System Preferences, Bluetooth is turned on - because it connects to a wireless printer. I notice that the Bluetooth preference pane keeps searching for a device, but none is listed. Although no printer shows in the Devices list, Printer Sharing is turned on and printing wirelessly is not a problem. I'm wondering if the printer was listed under Devices, perhaps Bluetooth would be happy and not mess with the usb connected keyboard and mouse.

    Help would be appreciated because it's rather silly to have the computer go to sleep in 5 minutes, and still have to manually shut down and re-start the whole system just to use the keyboard and mouse.
  2. Partron22 macrumors 68020


    Apr 13, 2011
    I run a Magic mouse, and an old Dell USB keyboard* on my late 2014 mini. Both perform swimmingly after wake up.
    Are your keyboard and mouse plugged directly into the back of the mini, or are they running through a USB III hub?
    Some of those do not take well to USB II devices.
    Have you tried a different USB keyboard and mouse? They do eventually start dying, and you may have gotten unlucky.

    *Gives me fewer typos than Apple's Chiclet style keyboard.
  3. Fishrrman macrumors G5


    Feb 20, 2009
    I've been using an old USB keyboard and a couple of Logitech USB mice with my late-2012 Mini for 3 years now -- NEVER a problem with either.

    Except when I hit the wrong keys and press the wrong mouse buttons, of course!

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