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Windows keyboard on OSX?

Discussion in 'Apple Hardware' started by Hades, 19 Feb 2010.

  1. Hades

    Caporegime

    Joined: 19 Oct 2002

    Posts: 25,917

    Location: Surrey

    I'm thinking of getting a keyboard for my MBP. I'm tempted by the wired full size Apple version. But I'm also considering the Logitech Illuminated keyboard. This is a Windows keyboard but has illuminated laptop keys. Does anyone here have experience of mapping keys to OSX? How easy would it be, or is it just a bad idea?
     
  2. K1LLSW1TCH

    Caporegime

    Joined: 12 Mar 2009

    Posts: 26,781

    Try having a look here. :)

    http://www.gyford.com/phil/writing/2005/11/20/using_a_british.php

    I've tried this a while ago just out of curiousity and if it doesn't recognize your keyboard straight away it bring up a wizard that allows OSX to identify what type of keyboard you're using. I'm not sure if the @ and " keys were swapped around but I'm guessing that link above should be handy. :)
     
  3. Hades

    Caporegime

    Joined: 19 Oct 2002

    Posts: 25,917

    Location: Surrey

    Thanks, I'll take a look and give it go with another kb I have laying around.
     
  4. keogh

    Mobster

    Joined: 22 Jun 2004

    Posts: 2,761

    Location: Bangkok, Thailand (formally London)

    I've used a Windows kb on my Mac a few times, always recognises it, but it never swaps the @ and " around, so if your pc kb in the British format (i.e. " above the 2) then you will still get the @ up there.
     
  5. Hades

    Caporegime

    Joined: 19 Oct 2002

    Posts: 25,917

    Location: Surrey

    How about any special keys such as media and volume controls? Can they be mapped?
     
  6. keogh

    Mobster

    Joined: 22 Jun 2004

    Posts: 2,761

    Location: Bangkok, Thailand (formally London)

    tbh I have those keys on the keyboard but never use them in OS X or Windows, so can't really say I'm afraid, sorry. give it a go and see how you get on I suppose.
     
  7. Blackhawk47

    Capodecina

    Joined: 17 Sep 2007

    Posts: 11,047

    Location: West Yorkshire / Market Bosworth

    My Razer keyboard works fine on my Macbook. Recognized it straight away without having to install any drivers. I find the Mac OS X is pretty impressive for finding things like USB devices. :o
     
  8. fishsmell

    Associate

    Joined: 1 Aug 2005

    Posts: 25

    I use a Logitech Wave keyboard with an MX mouse. Logitech provide their own driver software which has always worked well for me; with the extended keys.

    As for the UK keyboard problem. Under SL you need to ensure you use a 64 bit keyboard setup (not available from Apple) as you'll find non-SL (64bit) keyboard configs will drive you potty as you flip from a 32bit app to a 64bit app and find your keys will have shifted again.