Sharing keyboard and mouse between G5 iMac and Intel Sierra Mac

Discussion in 'PowerPC Macs' started by Dicere, Feb 28, 2017.

  1. Dicere macrumors newbie

    Feb 25, 2017
    I've tried teleport, which used to work without any problems when I was using Intel Lion and PPC Leopard - not happening now. I've tried Synergy, swapping client and server - not happening. I tried connecting the two computers via ethernet - the systems still don't see each other. I got all excited when I saw that Symless had a "universal" application of Synergy they were maintaining - I paid my money over and (now having access to their help forum) discovered their Mac client was 'universal' to users of 10.9 and up. I got a little bit snarky when I wrote my refund demand. I did try mixing their application on Sierra with the PPC client on Leopard before exercising my snark, but still nothing happening.
    I am officially out of ideas, except for rolling my MacMini back to Snow Leopard, getting teleport set up and rebuilding from there, but what a job! Please help?
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    I should have added, I am open to the idea of a KVM physical switch, but I'd like a recommended one for PPC macs before shelling out. My desk is driving me nuts - I keep reaching for the wrong keyboard :(

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  2. Slix macrumors 6502a


    Mar 24, 2010
    I use Teleport between all my Macs, and I believe I can help!

    Try using Teleport v 1.0.2, which works on Intel Macs, but is compatible with the older versions as well. The reason for this is because v 1.2 is actually an application now, instead of a pref pane. I've tested this on El Cap, as well as with Sierra, and using it between PPCs on 10.3, 10.4, and 10.5 (those use v 1.0.1). :)

    The site is here:
    And the download is here:
  3. Dicere thread starter macrumors newbie

    Feb 25, 2017
    You are a sodding genius. I cleaned out the system caches on both machine with Onyx (just to get rid of the tangle of stuff I had tried and failed with) reinstalled Sierra on the macmini from the app store (which gave me time to henna my hair, so not a bad thing) replaced the ethernet cable linking the two machines just in case, rebooted both machines and with bated breath installed the preference panes on both machines - and blow me down if it didn't work perfectly. 1.02 was the answer. If you don't mind me going full ocker, you little ripper!
    (I genuinely grew up with people saying things like that. My dad was senior wrangler on a horse stud when I was born. Australian slang sounds as fake as hell, but it really did exist.)
    So happy. I've been grumpy all day trying to get this to work.
  4. Slix macrumors 6502a


    Mar 24, 2010
    No problem! Glad it worked just like a charm for you. :)
  5. randalltrini macrumors newbie


    Feb 21, 2018
    Hey Guys,

    By any chance do you have that The link/website seems to be down. Any help would be appreciated.

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    Ok. Found it on Not getting to to enable assistive devices on my old iMac running El Cap. Any suggestions?
  6. AphoticD macrumors 65816


    Feb 17, 2017
    Queensland, Australia
    I came across this problem too. I couldn't figure out how to get Teleport to work between El Cap and Tiger/Leopard because El Cap had an issue with v1.0.2 and the more recent version which did work on the newer Macs, didn't run on the older Macs.

    I did some further digging into Macports and discovered Synergy v1.6.3 (not the Symless payware versions 1.8+) which works beautifully on every OS X version from Tiger through to High Sierra, plus Linux, Windows and MorphOS (to a degree).

    I use this version of Synergy all the time and operate everything with a single Apple wireless (magic) mouse and bluetooth keyboard for all of my desktop Macs (from the Sawtooth '99 to my iMac '09). I wrote up a guide here:
    Synergy HOWTO - Keyboard & Mouse Sharing (PowerPC Mac Edition)

    Note that Macports and Xcode are required to be installed on each Mac to get this older version up and going.
  7. randalltrini macrumors newbie


    Feb 21, 2018

    Thanks for the guidance! Will try it and see later when I get back infront of the iMac.

  8. Slix, Feb 21, 2018
    Last edited: Feb 21, 2018

    Slix macrumors 6502a


    Mar 24, 2010
    1.0.2 on El Cap and 1.0.1 on Tiger should work together. Here is the Wayback Machine link:

    EDIT: Ohh, I see what you're saying. I just tried to reinstall it to see what problem you might be having. First, when the "Disabled access for assistive devices" popup shows up, force quit System Preferences and click Disable. Then, open System Preferences back up and don't enable Teleport yet, but go to the Security pref pane I show here, and enable it there, then go back to the Teleport pane and enable it. They must have changed some System Preference security thing at some point that "breaks" this, without the workaround I mentioned. :)

    The option is here in System Preferences for enabling Accessibility devices.
    Screen Shot 2018-02-21 at 5.43.38 PM.png
  9. randalltrini macrumors newbie


    Feb 21, 2018

    Hey Slix,

    Thanks for the reply, but I neglected to mention that I upgraded to El Cap on the old imac. Uninstalled teleport and reinstalled just to see, but it still does not show up in the accessibility window as an option to "tick". I've tried adding it using the "+" symbol and navigating to the preferences pane folder, but it does not allow me to select it.

    Any other ideas? It installs fine under sierra on my macbook pro. Do I need to upgrade the iMac to Sierra?

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    Ah figured it out. Had to enable accessibility for "system preferences" then teleport shows up after trying to enable it from the preference pane. Click "Disable" return to the accessibility setting and enable it there now that its shown up.

    Thanks for you help tho' Slix! It got me thinking about similarly clicking the disable button.
  10. Slix macrumors 6502a


    Mar 24, 2010
    Great! Glad to hear you got it working. Does it play nicely with your old Mac like you hoped? :)
  11. randalltrini macrumors newbie


    Feb 21, 2018
    It does! Much better than an old synergy version I got from another thread here, which was always dropping the connection. In addition, teleport is stable and shows the nice visual indicator when you are on the other machine's screen. Drag and drop does not seem to work though as it freezes the cursor with the "plus" symbol. Also, when it wakes from sleep, it seems to deactivate teleport.

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