New keyboard compatibility

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by jota73, Oct 8, 2007.

  1. jota73 macrumors 6502


    Apr 19, 2006
    South America
    does the new keyboard works in a PC (XP and/or Vista)?
  2. Kelmon macrumors 6502a


    Mar 28, 2005
    United Kingdom
    I was pretty certain that the answer to this question was "yes" but I needed to check. I've tried my keyboard (wired) with a Dell XP SP2 system in our office and it does indeed work as expected, assuming that you don't expect the media keys to work (they'd need a driver that Apple has yet to release). Keys function as expected on a normal Windows keyboard with the Command key being recognised as the Windows key. The only issue that I came across is that some keys don't do what is shown on them under the default settings, such as the ~ key in the bottom-left of the Apple keyboard - this produced a \ character in Windows and the = key on the numeric keypad doesn't appear to do anything (the other keys on the numeric keypad worked fine). The F-keys/media keys along the top row work as F-keys without the need to hold down the Fn key.

    In the end this functionality was more or less expected otherwise new iMac owners would have needed to buy a new keyboard to use with Boot Camp. It is possible that Apple might update Boot Camp in the future with Windows drivers for the keyboard but I don't believe there have been updates to the Boot Camp software since these keyboards were released.

    I hope that answers your question for you.
  3. sbluetruck macrumors regular


    Jul 25, 2007
    Wisconsin der hey
    you'd think they'd make it a part of boot camp that comes in Leopard... which would be a bummer for all those part time PC users :(

    i was kinda hoppin for a driver, this dell keyboard is just about done for.
  4. Veritas&Equitas macrumors 68000


    Oct 31, 2005
    Twin Cities, MN
    How exactly, does one "hop" for a driver? Do you kind of jump up and down in front of the computer waiting for a driver .exe to magically queue into your downloads folder? ;)

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