Turn on mac with a keyboard key???

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  1. nadav123, Jul 6, 2008
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    nadav123 macrumors newbie

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    Is there a way to turn on my mac with a keyboard key like the F19 key...
    I like the how on the OLD apple keyboards u just press a key??

    Please HELP
     
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    Haven't been able to to that since the G3 era ages ago. :(
     
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    IIRC Apple had to drop this feature because of safety issues...
     
  6. Le Big Mac macrumors 68020

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    cats could figure out how to press the keyboard but not hte button on the back?

    I assumed it had to do with the moved from ADB to USB.
     
  7. MacsRgr8 macrumors 604

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    LOL!
    Nah had something to do with passing the electrics through the keyboard.
    The first USB keyboards (the one that came with the original iMac, and Power Mac G3 and early models of G4) still had the Power Switch on the keyboard.

    I think the USB Pro-keyboards were the first without the Power Switch.
     
  8. hexonxonx macrumors 601

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    About the only thing you can do is put the computer to sleep. When sleeping, a keyboard key or touching the mouse will wake it. This is what I do on my Mac Pro and iMac.
     
  9. Mac Maven macrumors member

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    Yeah, the USB power key was dropped with the first Pro keyboard. But I was under the impression the circuitry was taken out due to some convoluted reasoning that people were hooking their keyboards up to USB hubs (rather than directly) and then having difficulties powering-on.
     
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    No, wouldn't be that. ADB or USB both have low voltage power going through them, neither have 115 / 240 AC anywhere. ADB Power on is a "soft power switch" done through a relay, same as the power switch on the machine.
     
  11. mulo, Sep 8, 2010
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    anything changed since then?
     
  12. belvdr macrumors 603

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    This thread is over 2 years old and you're asking for status updates? :confused:
     
  13. mulo macrumors 68020

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    yes?

    you would be surprised the revives people pull off.
     
  14. Consultant macrumors G5

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    1. Sleep your Mac
    2. Turn on your Mac with keyboard or your mouse
     
  15. mulo macrumors 68020

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    1) kinda defies the point
    2) ...
     
  16. DewGuy1999 macrumors 68040

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    I know this thread is old, but I have a bit to add to it. My understanding for the reason Apple dropped the power switch from USB keyboards was because it was a non-standard, unsupported use of the USB standards specification. Apparently when they did it with original iMac's USB keyboards they were violating the USB standards.
     
  17. Meyvn macrumors 6502

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    Easy. Just buy an older keyboard that still has that function. voila, fixed.
     
  18. maflynn Moderator

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    Its not the keyboard that has the function but the computer. When apple used proprietary interfaces, it was easy to have a power button on the keyboard. Going to USB, you lost that ability.

    Its like when apple finally went to DVI with their displays. We lost the ability to turn on the computer from the monitor.
     
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  20. chown33 macrumors 604

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    Post #18, immediately before yours, is still true.

    I think it's highly unlikely that USB, or even some future interface for keyboards, will add the ability to start the computer using a keyboard key. So for the foreseeable future, there will still be no way. If that changes, and I'm still alive (or have successfully transferred my intellectual essence to silicon), I promise to update this thread.
     
  21. spyrmac macrumors member

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    they could make a non-usb keyboard or just an external button with a proprietary connection
     
  22. chown33 macrumors 604

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    A non-USB keyboard won't be compatible with USB. Why would they do that?

    An external button with a proprietary connection would need a separate proprietary connector. Again, why would they do that?
     
  23. spyrmac macrumors member

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    because of repairability . a power button is difficult to repair. a keyboard ... you buy a new one (even if it has to be an apple one )
     
  24. chown33 macrumors 604

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    http://www.apple.com/feedback/
     

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