mini 2006 1.66GHz, Apple Keyboard with Numeric Keypad

Discussion in 'Mac mini' started by tom vilsack, Jul 14, 2012.

  1. tom vilsack
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    tom vilsack

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    I have 2006 mac mini 1.66GHz...I use a newish Apple Keyboard with Numeric Keypad...my issue is,i can't use option key,c key ect during boot...nothing happens...is there some type work around or firmware update?

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    I had to use a pc keyboard and use "alt" key to allow me to install snow leopard...once sl installed the keyboard works fine,just without option,c ect booting not working
     
  2. ivnj
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    Did you ever have the original style raised keyboard. And does it work on other computers or do you only have the mini? And if you're sure its not broken I could use it and trade you for my working white apple keyboard.
     
  3. tom vilsack
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    -i have a big old "macally ikey" keyboard that came with this mini...it works no problem with option boot key (but it's big and ugly and prefer this modern keyboard)

    -also i just tryed this keyboard in a late 2007 macbook i have,option key ect work fine at boot

    -must be some type older mini and this newish keyboard issue...

    ps:thxs for offer,but keeping this keyboard,as other then boot option issue it's a real nice keyboard!
     
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    Had the same problem on mine a couple of years ago, nothing to do except use a pc keyboard when you want to use these options.

    I remember people complaining on the official apple forum too, never any fix.
     
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    ok thxs for info...was kinda trying everything i could think of..will let it go now,and just use other keyboard if needed...
     
  6. fireblade72
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    It's to do with the 1.1 firmware not recognizing the keyboard on boot. You can use the old IR remote control and hold down the Menu button on boot. I have to use this method to get me into bootcamp. I believe you can hack the firmware with a SMC 2.1 update to get round this but I haven't been brave enough to try this.
     

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