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apple keyboard on pc

Discussion in 'Computer Peripherals & Consumables' started by awyatt, Apr 5, 2005.

  1. awyatt

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    the mac keybaord is so much better looking that any pc keyboard. Will it work with a PC, and if so can I run it straight into usb, or do I need an adapter to PS2 in the back of the pc???
     
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    The keyboard should work - but you will probably need a free USB port. Worth trying first - apple keyboards are not cheap....!
     
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    They're only £30 these days (the price dropped when the Mini was launched, or shortly before).

    It'll work fine on a PC. The Windows key maps to the Macs Alt key though (and windows alt maps to the Macs Apple key), but that's hardly a big deal.
     
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    Hmm... I'm interested. I wonder if the 2 built in usb ports will still work though?

    (EDIT: I think that's only available on the Apple Pro Keyboard which I'm not interested in. I'll find out soon as I've ordered a bog standard Apple keyboard for my PC)
     
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    Just tried it - no problems at all. USB ports work, and suprisingly the Apple key maps to the Windows key (not the other way round, as I'd thought).

    Special function buttons didn't work (eject, volume etc), but I'd guess you could tweak that.

    The regular keyboard (I don't think there is a pro version anymore) has the two USB ports ... mine was £19 from Apple, part number M9034B/A, and has two ports.

    Cheers, Carl.
     
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    Carl

    did you usb it into your pc or did you use an adapter?

    Thanks
     
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    the mac kit is definately more visually appealing, i was looking into a bluetooth set for my htpc, but a quick google search lead me to a lot of people having problems getting it to work fully on a pc. it can be done, but the words plug and play definately dont come into it. im sticking with my infra red microsoft pack which is actually more responsive than i had thought, just need a usb extension for the transmittor to reach my plasma setup!
     
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    Got my Apple Keyboard - tres chic and minimilist :smashin:

    Found a useful program that maps the apple keys to pc equivalents so the media and power keys work. The only problem is that it's shareware and runs out in 30 days :( :

    http://www.trinityworks.co.jp/US/software/AppleKPro/index.php

    I wonder if anyone knows of a program that's free and does the same thing - I've searched but uncovered nothing yet...
     
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    There's this .. looks like you'll have to do the mapping yourself, but it looks like it's free.
     
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    Would someone be kind enough to post the dimensions of this apple keyboard?

    Thanks
     
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    A picture would be nice too...
     
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    It's dimensions (as near as I can measure) are 44 x 12 x 3.5 cm (w x h x d to the nearest 0.5 cm). A picture of my keyboard is below:

    [​IMG]

    The thin film on top of it is the Iskin Protouch XT.
     

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