Need Mac Mini wireless keyboard help!

Discussion in 'Mac mini' started by jon54321, Jul 8, 2010.

  1. jon54321 macrumors newbie

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    I just received my new Mac Mini Server, a Magic Mouse, and the wireless keyboard this evening, but I have an issue already. When I boot up the Mini, the mouse connects for a short time and then loses connection. The keyboard never connects. How can I get through the set up process of the Mini with this keyboard and mouse? I don't have any USB keyboards in the house to just plug in. Is it even possible to get set up with only wireless input devices?
     
  2. i7QuadCoreMania macrumors 6502

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    Had the same problem, look at the manual, you need a wired usb keyboard and mouse.

    It asks you to sync a mouse when you first turn it on, then on the next screen it says Mouse disconnected.

    If you get a usb mouse you can get past this screen but then you still need a usb keyboard to enter in the serial.:rolleyes:

    I suspect this is the work of the server software locking down bluetooth, you can chuck the wired stuff after you re-enable bluetooth. So stupid on Apple's behalf, but you have to remember this is a server, security is inherent.

    BTW, I reloaded this to Client with the base Mini Disc and the wireless keyboard and mouse works on the setup as a normal mac.:D
     
  3. jon54321 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Great. So now that I have spent $140 on a keyboard and mouse that won't work, I also get to go buy a USB keyboard and mouse to use for about 2 minutes max. This is wonderful.
     
  4. WilliamG macrumors G3

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    You seriously don't have something old and crappy lying around?
     
  5. nokialovers macrumors newbie

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    Have you checked for the necessary drivers for the keyboard and a magic mouse? It may happen for even new items that they come without necessary driver even they have their hardware with them.
     
  6. PenguinMac macrumors member

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    The wireless mouse & keyboard drivers are in OS X. And when I setup my Mac Mini server, my mouse connected but the keyboard did not so had to plugin a USB keyboard to enter the OS X server serial no. Can you borrow a keyboard from a friend? Or buy one, use it, then repackage it carefully & return it. Make it a cheap one with minimal packaging that's easy to unpack and repack.
     
  7. analogkid macrumors regular

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    I had this issue, and after I stopped panicking, I just put fresh batteries in. You can open up the bluetooth assistant on the screen that asks for your serial and get the keyboard working. I did this by context clicking with a usb mouse, but there may be a way to do it with the magic mouse before you have set that up.
     
  8. Vic 20 macrumors member

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    Thanks for the heads up. I was about to dump keyboard and mouse, as I already have a wireless set.
     
  9. HighTopFade macrumors regular

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    I certainly have just in case.

    Sure enough, this happens to me.
     
  10. shortie macrumors newbie

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    Hi, I have the same problem. I received my mac mini server today. Mouse is connected via USB and works, my wireless keyboard ( the small metal one) doesn't connect. So I cannot enter the serial. I don't have a USB-Keyboard available since I'm on a vaction.

    How can I activate the bluetooth assistant? Or what else can I do besides bying a keyboard somewhere?

    Kind regards,

    shortie
     
  11. belvdr macrumors 603

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    I right-clicked in a field and went to Text Substitution (I believe). One of those options will open System Preferences and you can then connect your keyboard. I did this to connect my MS keyboard I have owned for years.
     
  12. shortie macrumors newbie

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    Hi,

    the way to it is. Go in the one of the fields to enter the serial, then right click => select spelling and grammer=> go down to change preference and the system profil will open where you can change to complete hardware settings.

    Regards,

    shortie
     
  13. mortond macrumors newbie

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    Undocumented way to get wireless keyboard to pair with new Mac Mini

    Shortie, sir,
    You are an officer and a gentleman!

    Just saved me from either the purchase of a new, unwanted USB keyboard, or an embarrassing telephone call to Apple.

    New Mac Mini Server, Magic keyboard & pad & fortunately a USB Logitech trackball.

    Thank you,

    David Morton
     

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