Unable to detect keyboard after boot

derickwjtan

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Jan 21, 2012
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Hey everyone. First time mac-user here, got myself a mini to try out OS X and I find myself loving it so far. I do have a problem with my keyboard though and I can't seem to find any solution for it so far.

I am using a Filco Majestouch2 connected via USB to my Mac Mini (2011, latest). When I restart my computer, there's no problem.

However when I switch my computer off and power it back on, my Mini isn't able to detect my keyboard and I'll have to physically unplug the USB and plug it in again.

Has anyone encountered this before or know of any ways I can rectify this? I could just leave my Mini on 24/7 but I'd prefer to address an existing problem than just work around it without even trying to fix it.

My Mini has been updated via the Software Update and I've re-installed the Lion Combo Update as well. All different ports have been tried and test, same issue. My USB mouse (Razer Deathadder) does not have this problem.
 

Fishrrman

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"I am using a Filco Majestouch2 connected via USB to my Mac Mini (2011, latest). When I restart my computer, there's no problem.
However when I switch my computer off and power it back on, my Mini isn't able to detect my keyboard and I'll have to physically unplug the USB and plug it in again."

1st suggestion - try a different keyboard and see if the problem persists.

If a different keyboard works ok, then the problem _may_ be specific to the Filco keyboard. If that's the case, you have two possible solutions:

1. Disconnect/reconnect the USB cable each time you power up (and learn to live with that), or...

2. Replace the keyboard with another that you know to work properly.

That's how I see it...
 

bergwitza

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Dec 16, 2013
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FWIW, I'm using the same keyboard on a MacBook and had the same problem until I switched ports from:

  1. Evoluent Vertical Mouse
  2. Filco Majestouch

to:

  • Filco Majestouch
  • Evoluent Vertical Mouse

The Keyboard now works in single user mode (CMD+S) too.

P.S. My MacBook 6,1 has only two USB-Ports.
 

Galvao

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Nov 14, 2013
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apple kb not detected

I have a mac mini late 2012 + apple bt aluminum small kb + magic mouse + trackpad. Sometimes after boot it cannot detect the kb although it rapidly finds the mouse and trackpad. Right now I'm on a usb cheap kb that I have bought expressly for this "emergencies". It is driving me crazy.

It tried moving the kb around, change mac mini position, change batteries, etc
On the kb when I press the "on" button the green light stays on for about 3 secs and dies, does not even blink.

Any ideas?
 

jbarley

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I have a mac mini late 2012 + apple bt aluminum small kb + magic mouse + trackpad. Sometimes after boot it cannot detect the kb although it rapidly finds the mouse and trackpad. Right now I'm on a usb cheap kb that I have bought expressly for this "emergencies". It is driving me crazy.

It tried moving the kb around, change mac mini position, change batteries, etc
On the kb when I press the "on" button the green light stays on for about 3 secs and dies, does not even blink.

Any ideas?
Under "System Preferences->Bluetooth", select your keyboard and then click the little 'gear wheel' at the bottom, make sure the keyboard is a chosen 'Favorite', plus move it to the top of the list if it is not already there.
 

Galvao

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Nov 14, 2013
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I' afraid that doesn't help. That windows shows only Magic Mouse and Wireless Trackpad - both connected. Also no gear wheel or + or - signs at the bottom, as I have seen elsewhere, perhaps this OSX v. 10.9.1 has that modified.
Thank you, anyway.

I may add that the keyboard works fine with my Apple TV, so nothing is wrong with it. The Mac mini BT unit must be fine too, otherwise the mouse and trackpad wouldn't work. I think this has to do with some sw file that is not OK.
 

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Galvao

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Nov 14, 2013
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I think the problem is solved. I took the Mac mini and the kb to a local store, and after a few minutes the kb has been recognized.
Minutes later at home, the kb was no longer available to the Mac mini again... :confused:
Then, with a glimpse of inspiration, I unplugged the Apple TV that stays in another room. Immediately the Mac mini connected itself to the kb! And then I started the Apple TV again, with no further interference with the kb.
It seems that for some reason the kb locked itself to the other device and then becomes undetectable by the Mac mini. The strange thing is that the kb was not paired with the ATV as shown on the image above.
 

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