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    Mac Keyboard USB ports
    i have a full sized wired Mac keyboard connected to my Windows Vista PC
    and there are 2 USB ports on the keyboard
    any time that i try to use the ports it doesnt work
    is there something that im missing?
    why put USB ports on a keyboard and not supply enough power to get them to work?

    thanks for any help

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    The Apple aluminum wired keyboard is designed to work with OS X. The latest model from Apple will only work properly with Snow Leopard 10.6.8 and later. Regarding the USB hub (2 ports), they're specifically designed for low power USB devices: mouse, trackpad, powered printer, and so forth. They will not properly supply power to most external hard drives or provide enough current to charge an iPod or iPhone.

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    it wont power the thumb drives that ive tried either

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    Quote Originally Posted by disturbed13 View Post
    it wont power the thumb drives that ive tried either
    It will power a mouse or trackpad...which is what those ports are designed for.

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    Like I said above... the wired aluminum keyboard is designed to work with Mac OS X. It appears it's not compatible (USB) with Windows Vista or perhaps your PC's USB hub.

    Open Control Panel, go to your hardware tree and expand the USB hub portion under USB devices and see if it's even "seeing" the USB hub on the keyboard. It's probably not showing up at all.

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    it wont power the thumb drives that ive tried either
    Seems like it depends on the thumbdrive. On our keyboard, most seem to work, but one that I tried, didn't.

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    okay i hear you
    so it will work with the magic mouse wireless charger?
    last question i promise

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    Probably not designed for OS X exclusively but try it and see.
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    Quote Originally Posted by disturbed13 View Post
    okay i hear you
    so it will work with the magic mouse wireless charger?
    last question i promise
    Charger is often more power hungry than a simple mouse is, but try it. It'll either work, or it won't.
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    No problems here using memory sticks in the keyboard USB, nor charging my iPhone (or syncing with iTunes/iPhoto).
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    Quote Originally Posted by chscag View Post
    The Apple aluminum wired keyboard is designed to work with OS X. The latest model from Apple will only work properly with Snow Leopard 10.6.8 and later. Regarding the USB hub (2 ports), they're specifically designed for low power USB devices: mouse, trackpad, powered printer, and so forth. They will not properly supply power to most external hard drives or provide enough current to charge an iPod or iPhone.
    I don't think it's a software issue, I think it's a hardware one.

    The USB buses (forgive the tautology) on Macs are far more advanced than those on almost all PCs, capable of delivering variable (& potentially quite high) amounts of power to each individual USB port, meaning that a Mac will increase the amount of power supplied if one plugs a memory stick or even a rechargeable device into their keyboard & mouse combo; while the USB buses (sorry again) on most PCs only deliver one set amount of power to all the ports (usually quite a low amount, in order to avoid the risk of damaging anything connected; for instance I know that, despite running from a 450W PSU - of which a maximum of ~374W I believe is used when my PC is working intensively - the USB ports on my PC provide significantly less than 2W of power, as that is the rating of my tablet's mains charger, and my tablet cannot charge while syncing to my PC).
    For my purposes as an engineering graduate; Windows is respectable (& generally necessary), Linux is admirable (& often useful), OS X is enjoyable (& requires no further justification, although plenty could be given)!

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