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Old Mar 31st, 2009, 01:37 PM   #1
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Windows XP on a Mac Pro - problems with wireless kb & mouse

Hello everyone,

I've just got a new Mac Pro in my lab, and, of course, it works perfectly running OS X.

I chose to get this system with the small wireless Apple keyboard and wireless Mighty Mouse because the system is part of a fairly complex microscope installation, and desk space is limited. Having a small keyboard and mouse that don't clutter everything up with cables is definitely a plus.

Unfortunately, as is the case for all microscope manufactures, the software that I need to use to run the microscope is Windows-only, and worse, because the instrument control is via firewire, it can't be virtualized (so no Parallels or VMWare). So whenever I need the computer to drive the 'scope, I've got to re-boot into Windows XP. This is where the problems begin.

Windows does not recognize either the wireless keyboard or mouse by default. I've been able to detect them by plugging in USB keyboards and mice, going to the Bluetooth preferences and scanning for them. But I haven't been able to get them to work because I don't know what the recognition codes are for either device (the bluetooth setup 'wizard' says I need to enter a code on the device and in the dialogue to pair the new device... how do you enter a code on a mouse?!?). There are no ID codes on either the mouse or the keyboard.

Even worse, after scanning and finding the mouse and keyboard in windows, failing to pair them due to lack of recognition codes, and deciding to go back to OS X where things work properly, I found that the mouse was no longer recognized. Eventualy, OS X popped up a dialogue saying that it didn't see the mouse, and that I could activate one by tapping buttons, which worked. But it appears that even if I can get the mouse to work in Windows, it won't work in OS X, or visa versa.

Does anyone have any suggestions?

Thanks
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Old Mar 31st, 2009, 03:02 PM   #2
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Personally, I would recommend that a wired keyboard, at a minimum, is at the machine. Convenience is one thing, but work is another. So, you need to be able to do work regardless.

You don't necessarily have to have it plugged in to the USB port, but it should be handy in case you do need to. A USB extension cable might be helpful in some cases.

I don't remember having to enter a key to pair my bluetooth mighty mouse for XP SP2 (now SP3).

Is your XP box set to be discoverable? You can turn that off once it's paired.

If all else fails, try 0000 [four zeros] as the bluetooth key.

I also highly recommend NiMH AA batteries and a charger for the mighty mouse; you need 4 batteries (2 installed + 2 spare and charging/charged). I'm sure you would know what you need for the KB as well.
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Personally, I would recommend that a wired keyboard, at a minimum, is at the machine.
Yes, I've now got a USB keyboard and mouse attached while I get this sorted out (assuming I can eventually solve the problem), and I'll keep them in the desk drawer in case of emergency.

I'll also make sure to have some charged batteries ready for the inevitable.

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Is your XP box set to be discoverable? You can turn that off once it's paired.

If all else fails, try 0000 [four zeros] as the bluetooth key.
I'll give this a try and get back to you. Thanks for the suggestions.

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