Using Bootcamp without Apple Keyboard

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by RollTide, Dec 22, 2010.

  1. RollTide macrumors 6502


    Mar 9, 2006
    I am now using a wireless Logitech keyboard. Once I reboot and push ALT to try and bring up boot selection, it doesn't work. I've tried other keys as well. Any advice?

  2. Makosuke macrumors 603

    Aug 15, 2001
    The Cool Part of CA, USA
    Is it a Bluetooth keyboard or does it have a dedicated USB dongle? Normally you can use any USB keyboard with Bootcamp, but I don't know if non-Apple bluetooth keyboards do the pre-boot firmware connect thing so they can register keypresses like that. One with a dongle theoretically should, but I suppose if there's a delay before the connection is recognized after the dongle is powered up the Mac might miss you holding down the key initially (it's also possible that you're pressing it too soon--if it doesn't register a keypress that starts prior to getting a connection, it might not be recognizing you holding down the key).

    Regardless, though, can't you just switch manually via the Startup Disk Preference Pane in Mac and analogous Control Panel in Windows? You can't pick which one to use when you first turn on the computer, but that method is pretty foolproof otherwise.

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