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Keyboards, TrackPads and Mice

This is a compilation of many of the different keyboard, trackpad and mice solutions available. It is not exhaustive. If you don't find what you want, search for it.

Please do not post questions in this thread looking for a solution that is not listed. Use other threads for that.

Please do post other good known keyboard, etc. solutions in this thread. I will try to incorporate any posted solutions into the list. Otherwise, users can read the thread for any other solutions.

Drivers

ALPS Trackpad driver - find it here and another here

Enhanced Apple PS/2 driver - find it here

Hacked Apple PS/2 driver - find it here

Keyboard Bindings and Layouts

Key Bindings - Change a few keys on your keyboard. Read this and this.

Key Bindings - Adjust sound volume up/down with Function keys using a method from Stravaganza.

Keyboard Layout (ABNT2) - Brazilian Portuguese. Go here.

Keyboard Layout (PT PT) - Portuguese. Go here.

Keyboard Layout - Make Your Own - use Ukelele. Go here.

Keyboard Shortcuts

Shortcuts available - Read this and this. You can also go to the Help menu in Finder and search on "shortcut lists".

Modify your shortcuts by going to:

System Preferences -> Keyboard & Mouse.

Change Modifier keys in Keyboard tab and change shortcuts in Keyboard Shortcuts tab. For the adventurous, review the Key Bindings entry.

Hot Keys - Many apps like Quicksilver, Butler and Proxi can set up hot keys to perform all sorts of things.

Volume control - control your volume with hot keys using an app and these Applescripts.

Keyboard & Trackpad don't work

Repair Permissions - Try the following:

Boot from install DVD and enter the installer. Select Terminal in the Utilities menu and type:

cd "/Volumes/(name-of-OSX-partition)"   <--- use quotes if name has spaces
										   - but don't use parentheses
diskutil repairPermissions ./
cd System/Library
rm -rf Extensions.mkext Extensions.kextcache
cd Extensions
find ApplePS2Controller.kext -type d -exec chmod 755 {} \;
find ApplePS2Controller.kext -type f -exec chmod 644 {} \;
chown -R root:wheel ApplePS2Controller.kext
Quit Terminal and the Installer and Reboot without the DVD

Kext Unload/Load - If repairing permissions above doesn't help, then try to modify the boot script by adding commands to unload and then reload the kexts.

Try the following:

Boot from install DVD and enter the installer. Select Terminal in the Utilities menu and type:

( -- use quotation marks in commands as shown below --)
( -- going to use some variables to cut down on typing --)

dp="/Volumes/(name-of-OSX-partition)"   <--- use quotes, no parentheses

nano "$dp/usr/bin/nano $dp/etc/rc.local"
kp="/System/Library/Extensions/ApplePS2Controller.kext/Contents/PlugIns"
kextunload "$kp/ApplePS2Keyboard.kext"
kextload "$kp/ApplePS2Keyboard.kext"
( -- press Command-O to save --)
( -- press Y and <Enter> to accept --)
( -- press Command-X to quit --)
Quit Terminal and the Installer and Reboot without the DVD

ATI Xpress 200M - According to Prasys, the USB Driver creates a confusion that disables the onboard trackpad and keyboard. To fix it, drop his kext onto your Desktop and go to Terminal and type:

cd /System/Library/Extensions
sudo mkdir usb_backup
( -- give password -- )
sudo cp -Rf IOUSBFamily.kext usb_backup/
sudo cp -Rf ~/Desktop/IOUSBFamily.kext ./
sudo chown -R root:wheel IOUSBFamily.kext
sudo chmod -R 755 IOUSBFamily.kext
cd /System/Library
sudo rm -rf Extensions.mkext Extensions.kextcache
Reboot

PS/2 Keyboard and USB Mouse - disable 2 kexts as follows:

Boot your install DVD and go into the installer. Select Terminal in the Utilities menu and type:

cd "/Volumes/(name-of-OSX-partition)"   <--- use quotes if name has spaces
										   - but don't use parentheses
cd System/Library
rm -rf Extensions.mkext Extensions.kextcache
cd Extensions/ApplePS2Controller.kext/Contents/PlugIns
mv ApplePS2Trackpad.kext ApplePS2Trackpad.kext.bak
mv ApplePS2Mouse.kext ApplePS2Mouse.kext.bak
Quit Terminal and the Installer and Reboot without the DVD



Edited by Rammjet, 12 February 2008 - 02:48 AM.


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Here's a link to Logitech's Mac FTP

The LCC set of files are the drivers for a wide variety of Logitech mice, and keyboards. This FTP has a set of older LCC versions not available on their normal download site. Which some hackintoshes seem to work better with.

Also here is a link to a post I made about it.

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I'm installing 10.4.8 on a desktop with both PS/2 mouse and PS/2 keyboard. I can't get either of my mouse or keyboard working.

Any clue?

Penny

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is there any info to get the scroll to work on my hp track pad? in win its just on the left side, i know mac uses the 2 finger, anyway to enable that?

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My page buttons on mouse are not working...

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I'm installing 10.4.8 on a desktop with both PS/2 mouse and PS/2 keyboard. I can't get either of my mouse or keyboard working.

Any clue?

Penny


Dude!!!... I have the same problem... I have a PS/2 Keyboard and I can't get it to work... It's really annoying... I've had it working with previous versions of MacOS but in 10.4.8 it won't work. If you figure something out, please let me know... it would be greatly appreciated!!!
Luke D.

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I did everything, but still the USB Mouse doesn't work for me. I even used a USB to PS@ convertor but it wont work.

Any fix for get mouse to work?

Many Thanks

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For those who still have the Keyboard/Mouse Issue, and the above (Ramjet) method (or any other) doesn't work for them, follow this, it worked for me.

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goodie

Edited by Download17, 14 February 2007 - 08:58 PM.


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Got my Cherry G84-4100 83key PS2 keyboard working with OSX 10.4.8, tried many different fixes and kexts, but in the end the method that worked for me was by renaming ApplePS2Mouse.kext & ApplePS2Trackpad.kext to whatever, In "/System/Library/Extensions/ApplePS2Controller.kext\Contents\Plugins" folder. I left ApplePS2Keyboard.kext untouched. Its nice to have my Cherry working, instead of having to use my Saitek USB keyboard,.. Method works well if you have a non-standard PS2 Keyboard & a USB Mouse.

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new application for BRIGHTNESS CONTROL !!! :) available on macupdate.com named Shades.

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PS/2 Keyboard and USB Mouse - disable 2 kexts as follows:

Boot your install DVD and go into the installer. Select Terminal in the Utilities menu and type:

cd "/Volumes/(name-of-OSX-partition)"   <--- use quotes if name has spaces
										   - but don't use parentheses
cd System/Library
rm -rf Extensions.mkext Extensions.kextcache
cd Extensions/ApplePS2Controller.kext/Contents/PlugIns
mv ApplePS2Trackpad.kext ApplePS2Trackpad.kext.bak
mv ApplePS2Mouse.kext ApplePS2Mouse.kext.bak
Quit Terminal and the Installer and Reboot without the DVD


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it work for, USB Keyboard + PS2 Mouse?

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it work for, USB Keyboard + PS2 Mouse?

No, it's title say the other way PS2 KB and USB mouse.

But you can leave the ApplePS2Mouse.kext intact and move the keyboard kext instead.

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tried the second fix cause the first made no difference for me. and it said invalid command when i typed the nano line

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I have a USB Cordless Multimedia Kit (Bundled with my HP Pavilion a367c), and a HP Wireless Optical 5 Button Mouse with USB Cradle, i'm trying to use the second one because the original mouse has a failure in the buttons. The second mouse responds to button clicks & the scroll
wheel, and when i try to move the mouse only appears some ghosts of the pointer, but the
pointer still in the same place. Any idea?

Thanks for all!!!

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UK keyboard layout - http://forum.insanel...showtopic=37287

With the download at http://download.micr.....d Layouts.dmg

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Small Hint.

If you have a Laptop or a no-name keyboard you should depend your decision on your mouse.
There are the Microsoft keyboard / Mouse driver and the Logitech driver in this thread.

If you have a Logitech mouse take the Logitech package
If you have a microsoft mouse take the microsoft pack.

Both provide a nice keyboard layout you can use that corrects nearly all keys AND you get some nice extra features for your mouse.

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hey im a real noob at this and need a bit of help. when i go to install, neither my usb mouse or ps2 keyboard work. i want to try the fix that rammjet explains, but the problem is that i dont know how to go into "installer." can someone please help me? thanks and sorry for the noob question.

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hey im a real noob at this and need a bit of help. when i go to install, neither my usb mouse or ps2 keyboard work. i want to try the fix that rammjet explains, but the problem is that i dont know how to go into "installer." can someone please help me? thanks and sorry for the noob question.



the same here...! sorry from me too... :) any help

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I have a DELL Inspiron E1405, OS X 10.4.9, the laptop keyboard works fine, but no 'option' or 'command' key. I have a bluetooth mouse so that was one of the first things that worked. Could someone point me in the right direction in regards to getting an 'option' or 'command' key working/substituted with another key





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