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10.4: Login via Bluetooth keyboard when Bluetooth is off Desktop
Tiger only hintI have an Apple Wireless Keyboard, and I was logged in to OS X 10.4 when I accidentally switched Bluetooth off -- losing the connection to the keyboard. My screen saver kicked in a few minutes later, and I couldn't type my password on the keyboard. Nightmare!

However, I clicked the "Switch User..." button in the dialog box, and was taken to the login screen, where I was able to type in my password. It seems that Bluetooth is automatically switched on for the login window. Excellent!

[robg adds: I've marked this one 10.4 only, but only because I can't test it at all, as I don't have a Bluetooth keyboard at home. If you can test this in 10.3 and/or 10.4, please post your results in the comments...]
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10.4: Login via Bluetooth keyboard when Bluetooth is off
Authored by: inemo on May 17, '05 11:32:55AM

You're really screwed if you have a bluetooth mouse as well though ;)

I guess Bluetooth should be enabled at every password screen, rather than just the login screen.



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10.4: Login via Bluetooth keyboard when Bluetooth is off
Authored by: stcanard on May 17, '05 12:43:15PM

Hmm, good point! I hadn't thought about that possibility.

Well, it's a good thing my son's computer has a USB mouse, I guess I could steal that for long enough to get to the login window...



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10.4: Login via Bluetooth keyboard when Bluetooth is off
Authored by: ssamani on May 17, '05 03:13:05PM

Hint works fine on 10.3.9. I rather rashly tested it there and then without thinking about heading upstairs first to get my wife's USB keyboard! Lucky escape at any rate. BlueTooth is still switched off after you've logged in, so you need to go back and switch it on again, which flumoxed me for a second.



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10.4: Login via Bluetooth keyboard when Bluetooth is off
Authored by: Robert Hancock on May 17, '05 07:24:14PM

Couldn't you just use the mouse with the screen keyboard accessed from Keyboard Viewer in the keyboard pulldown to just re-enter the necessary?



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10.4: Login via Bluetooth keyboard when Bluetooth is off
Authored by: belgarion26 on May 19, '05 07:23:42AM

I noticed this feature of the login window recently, as if you turn on your new mac and there is no keyboard connected, it assumes you have bought the bluetooth keyboard and mouse instead, and so automatically starts trying to pair with it. Very apple idea! I like it.

Still without a wired keyboard or mouse, turning bluetooth off is a problem!



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Keyboard Boot Options With Wireless KB
Authored by: bprior on Jan 01, '10 02:42:31PM

I have discovered that when using a wireless keyboard I cannot boot with Command-V or Command-S because OSX Aqua kicks in before the keyboard connects. I can't boot from a CD by holding down C, either. Has anyone got a suggestion for getting around this?



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Keyboard Boot Options With Wireless KB
Authored by: everkleer80 on Jan 04, '10 08:11:53AM

This probably isn't exactly what you want, and you may be doing this already as a workaround, but you could use the startup disk system preference pane to boot off a cd and I'm sure there are terminal commands/third party utils to let you reboot using whatever options you want (ie. Single-user or Verbose).



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Keyboard Boot Options With Wireless KB
Authored by: bprior on Jan 04, '10 09:49:29AM

Many thanks, everkleer80. Your idea for booting from a CD is a good one. I will try it. As for booting in Single User Mode or in Verbose mode, I haven't found any thrid party software yet that will do the trick.

Edited on Jan 04, '10 09:52:01AM by bprior



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