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eMac - Using Win keyboard with an eMac. How???


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I saw a mention recently that it's possible to use a Windows keyboard with my eMac. Well, I just bought a PC to USB adapter which does NOT fit on the end of my Mac (non-USB) keyboard. The pins are different from a PC board. The adapter fits the PC plug but when I plug it into the Mac, nothing happens. No lights come on and no letters show up on the screen. Is there some way I can tell the Mac that I'm using a Win keyboard? Yes, again, the plug I just got does fit the plug on the Win, but not on the older Mac keyboard. The pin structure is different. Any ideas out there??? - Thanks
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I saw a mention recently that it's possible to use a Windows keyboard with my eMac. Any ideas out there?
And that mention is absolutely right. I have an Excel Win USB keyboard hooked to my eMac and am using it right now. No adaptors required. OS Tiger just accepted it right away. A few keystrokes are different so post again if you need help with those.

However I think you may be referring to a Win PS2 keyboard, which requires a PS2-USB adaptor. I bought a Belkin brand adaptor and have used it with my other Mac, a G3 with OS Panther, and a Genius PS2 k/b. Keyboard plugs via PS2 to adaptor, which plugs to Mac with USB. There's a spare PS2 socket for a Win mouse if required.

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USB is USB.

Most USB keyboards are just plug and play on a Mac, but not with PS2 fittings without a green colored adaptor as hugh points out.
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Thanks, Hugh for your quick answer. Read my post again to get the picture of my trouble. To add to it: The Mac k/b I have came with an old 6100 Mac years ago. That's the board I like to use. Of course it is pre-USB vintage. Ordered a converter plug which does not fit this k/b, but will a PC (HP/DELL etc.) k/b. So, with the new plug I can get the USB portion to the PC one but when I plug it into my eMac, nothing happens. As I said, no lights on the k/b and no keystrokes show up on screen. In other words, the thing looks stone dead. So, what are the keystrokes you mention? Must be something like my CD EJECT problem I had the other day. Alycin fixed that one for me. There must be a way where I can tel the Mac that I have a PC k/b for it.
BTW, been to Auckland a couple of times. Used to live in Oz. - Thanks
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Harry, I do have the green colored adapter and that way can plug the PC k/b into the eMac. However, as you can see by my post, nothing happens. The thing acts dead.
BTW, been to Nambucca many times when I was driving coaches for Pioneer and Greyhound years ago. (Played the pokies at the RSL club) Lived in Brisbane and drove the Sydney express.
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Well Hans first the bad news. The RSL Club has just opened $5m extension so the pokies do not pay. Do not see as many coaches these days. Guess air fares being cheap with price cutting between Qantaslink, Jetstar and Virgin Blue.
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The Mac k/b I have came with an old 6100 Mac years ago. That's the board I like to use. Of course it is pre-USB vintage.
Ah, it's an ADB connection then, which means pre-OS X, and I think that means drivers. ADB goes back as far as OS 7 (maybe 6), and even with OS 9 there were always driver issues. Have you got the iMate (Griffin Technologies http://www.griffintechnology.com/products/imate ) adaptor? Note that it will work only as far as 10.3.9 (Panther).

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So, what are the keystrokes you mention?
Things like F12 (held) for disk eject, and the wavy windows symbol instead of Command. Otherwise, things are fairly much the same.

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There must be a way where I can tel the Mac that I have a PC k/b for it.
There is, but it may mean sacrificing that old ADB keyboard. I know what you're saying about keeping it going, I use a Macally ADB to my b/w G3, I also have a spare Apple ADB k/b on standby.

I recommend you buy a cheap Win USB keyboard, assuming you have Tiger (or later) installed on that eMac.

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BTW, been to Auckland a couple of times.
JAFA Land we call it, down here in the true heartland of NZ I'm much further south. Do you and/or Harry follow rugby? We've just sent our No 1 provincial rugby coach over to Oz to take over the Oz national team! A tragedy - for us
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