nMP -- make sure you have a USB mouse

Discussion in 'Mac Pro' started by mintakax, Jan 18, 2014.

  1. mintakax macrumors regular

    Dec 19, 2013
    I received my long awaited nMP yesterday and after excitedly setting it up, I turned it on thinking that it would automatically pair to either my Magic Mouse or wireless track pad .... well that was my mistake. I frantically searched through all our boxes of old computer stuff (everyone has these, right ?) and could not find a plug in mouse anywhere ! Eventually I figured it out, but it was a bit frustrating. Probably most people know all of the keyboard short cuts, but I did not :confused:
  2. FrankHahn macrumors 6502a

    May 17, 2011
    OP, what did you do to get the problem fixed?
  3. VirtualRain macrumors 603


    Aug 1, 2008
    Vancouver, BC
    That's strange, mine paired to both my BT keyboard and Magic Mouse upon initial startup.
  4. TyPod macrumors 68000


    Nov 2, 2006
    And Yourself?
    I feel like this should happen to everybody. Maybe the OP skipped past that step in the installation process without knowing?
  5. ytoyoda, Jan 18, 2014
    Last edited: Jan 18, 2014

    ytoyoda macrumors member

    Dec 14, 2013
    If my BT mouse and keyboard are paired with another Mac, is it necessary that I un-paire them in prior?
  6. Bear macrumors G3

    Jul 23, 2002
    Sol III - Terra
    You should, especially if the other Mac is running.
  7. Lumpydog macrumors 6502

    Aug 3, 2007
    Same experience here, my nMP saw my wireless trackpad and keyboard NO PROBLEM. My guess - both your keyboard and mouse were paired with another device that was still running....

    You do not need a USB mouse or keyboard... Thread title is not accurate.
  8. mintakax thread starter macrumors regular

    Dec 19, 2013
    I am glad others didn't have the same problem. I had a usb keyboard so I was good there. The mouse and trackpad had previously been paired to my laptop, but I had made sure to turn both mouse and TP off and shut the laptop down. I turned on the mouse and pushed the button on the trackpad and then I booted the nMP for the first time, but was never prompted about bluetooth pairing and my devices definitely did not pair with the nMP until I was able to access the mouse prefs. At one point I even took batteries out of TP.

    In the interest of education, what did I do incorrectly ?
  9. Pistol Peto macrumors member

    Pistol Peto

    Oct 9, 2013
    West of Toronto
    Both my magic mouse and keyboard were paired with another computer when my nMP showed up yesterday.

    For the keyboard I held the power button in until it turned off - then pressed and held it again until it started blinking. The nMP found it and asked me to type in a some numbers and enter. Done.

    For the mouse I think I turned it off and removed the batteries. Put the batteries back in and turned it on. Then I clicked it and held it down for a while until the computer found it too.

    At least that's what I remember from Friday - but that was a solid 30 hours ago!

    (I'm less positive about the mouse to be honest)
  10. mintakax thread starter macrumors regular

    Dec 19, 2013
    Sounds like I was just due for some bad luck. Anyways, good to know that for others it worked as it was supposed to. A minor problem in the end.
  11. goMac macrumors 603

    Apr 15, 2004
    You've got to unpair them. Even if you turn everything off they are still keyed to only work with your laptop.

    On the keyboard, you can force an unpair by holding down the power button. Not sure about the mouse.
  12. AVonGauss macrumors regular

    Oct 6, 2006
    Boynton Beach, FL
    Don't you turn it upside down and press the mouse button? The trackpad should work the same as the keyboard.
  13. NeonHeatDisease, Mar 1, 2014
    Last edited: Mar 1, 2014

    NeonHeatDisease macrumors member

    Jan 2, 2014
    Trying to pair a bt keyboard and nMP right now. Cant get through the initial startup to connect the keyboard, and the nMP didnt recognize it right off the bat. Previously used the keyboard with my mbp and mac mini but unpaired both of them of course. Super frustrating. Dont have a usb keyboard on hand atm but that would solve everything, luckily i at least have a usb mouse. Anyways, back to googling a solution.

    Fixed it.

    "Just in case anyone else has a similar probelm... I bought a used mac mini and did not get any kind of keyboard or mouse setup dialogue during the first boot setup. Luckily I had a USB mouse handy. If you don't get any option to pair a keyboard, click through the setup until you get to the "Create Your Computer Account" screen, right click in any of the text fields and select Substitutions --> Show Substitutions. From there click on text preferences. The preferences pane will popup and from there you can just click the back button (next to show all) to get to the full preferences menu. Next click on keyboard, then select setup bluetooth keyboard and you're golden. Saved me a trip to best buy for a keyboard I'd likely never use again. "
  14. greenmeanie macrumors 65816


    Jan 22, 2005
  15. NewbieCanada macrumors 68030

    Oct 9, 2007
    Mine too. Ditto my Mac Mini when I set it up.

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