Magic Input devices on G4 / 10.5.8

Discussion in 'Mac Accessories' started by Apple Corps, Aug 29, 2010.

  1. Apple Corps macrumors 68030

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    Our next to oldest Mac is a 17" flat panel G4 running 10.5.8

    We decided to put a Bluetooth / usb dongle on it and paired up Apple's sleek wireless keyboard - works like a charm. The Magic Mouse also works pretty well - I'm not sure if the majority of gestures work on a G4 / 10.5.8

    Our Magic Trackpad would pair and perform basic navigation - no gestures to speak of - but would not even scroll.

    Any idea why the Magic Mouse is more capable on a G4 / 10.5.8 than the Magic Trackpad? One would think the code for basics would be a no brainer.

    We have a lot of sentiment about this "lampshade" Mac - now the least powerful but more hours of use daily as it sits on the breakfast bar in the kitchen - first one running in the morning and last one to sleep at night :D :D
     
  2. spinnerlys Guest

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    The Magic Trackpad needs Mac OS X 10.6.4 as a technical requirement, thus less functionality.
    Maybe BetterTouchTool can help you.

    Magic Mouse

    Magic Trackpad
     
  3. Apple Corps thread starter macrumors 68030

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    Thanks for the link - read it over - appears that a few had their system hosed by by some of the software approaches to get gesture functionality going on G4 / 10.5.8.

    I'll avoid those approaches :D

    I knew about the technical requirements - just appears odd that the mouse will gesture but the trackpad will not - oh well.

    I need to get over having an attachment to pieces of hardware - the older they get the more time and effort it takes to keep them up to speed from a feature and functionality standpoint.
     
  4. dmr727 macrumors G3

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    Yeah, Apple loves forced obsolescence, so even though there's likely no technical reason for it not to work, they'll see to it that newly released hardware requires the latest OS X version. Hopefully the third party market will come up with some workarounds. :(
     

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