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Install just the keyboard layouts from Logitech's drivers System
Logitech's drivers have been implicated in failures to install Leopard, and certainly as a result of reading about those issues, I have no intention of installing them again on my Leopard systems. (I did a clean install, so the blue screen problem didn't actually hit me.)

However, I can't type on the standard (latest) Apple desktop keyboards, and much prefer my Unicomp buckling-springs one. But Apple's keyboard layouts don't actually match PC keyboards very well. So although I do *have* a Logitech mouse, I was only installing the drivers in order to get at the Logitech keyboard layouts.

You see, the Logitech keyboard and mouse drivers are only necessary to drive the special function keys that festoon Logitech equipment; but just to get the normal typing keys mapped correctly, you only need the basic layouts. It turns out you can just install those keyboard layouts, and quite easily.

If you're comfortable in Terminal, this single command will do everything you need to do in one shot (assuming you've downloaded the drivers):
unzip -j ~/Downloads/ '*LCCKCHR.rsrc' -d '~/Library/Keyboard Layouts'
For the command-line averse, keep reading for a much longer way of doing it through the Finder -- but one that doesn't require Terminal at all. By the way, this hint will work just fine on earlier versions of Mac OS X; it's just that on Leopard it's necessary to avoid installing the Logitech software; at least until Logitech updates their driver software for 10.5.

For an alternative that only caters for UK English users (like myself), you can go here and install the UK keyboard layouts supplied there. That's the posting that gave me enough clues to do the above with the Logitech layouts. As a result, I've not actually tried the UK English layouts on that posting, but if they work for you, that would be even simpler.

Here's the non-Terminal solution:
  1. Go to the Logitech site and download the Logitech Control Center package as normal (currently
  2. Unpack it to get the Logitech Control Center Installer
  3. Don't run it. Instead, control-click on it and pick Show Package Contents from the pop-up menu.
  4. Open Contents, then Resources.
  5. Control-click on Logitech Control Center.pkg and choose Show Package Contents from the pop-up menu.
  6. Open Contents then Resources.
  7. Control-click on the Logitech.bundle and choose Show Package Contents from the pop-up menu. (We're nearly there. Remember, there's a single-line command posted above that you can enter into Terminal to do the whole thing.)
  8. Open Contents then Resources
  9. Drag the file LCCKCHR.rsrc into your home folder's Library/Keyboard Layouts folder (create this folder if necessary).
That's it. Now you can open the International system preferences pane and go to the Input menu and see the fifteen-or-so Logitech keyboard layouts.
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Install just the keyboard layouts from Logitech's drivers
Authored by: StrangeNoise on Nov 16, '07 08:28:42AM

Hm, it's been edited - in some ways for the better, in re-ordering the presentation of the hint itself, although actually the most recent (aluminium, ridiculously-thin) apple keyboards are OK, based on my short play with them in a shop, and use of my Macbook; it's the previous white-and-transparent ones, of which I have the bluetooth variety, which are unusable for my fingers.

I guess the incoming-hints queue really is long - I actually posted this a couple of weeks ago, a day or so after installing Leopard. I wanted to post a correction, but I couldn't edit it while it was in the queue. Correction is just to note that the new keyboard layouts won't actually work properly until after logging out and logging in again. I don't think that was the case in Tiger (but I'm not sure).

As it happens, I ended up settling on the "British - Windows" keymap from the other link in the article; it's a better match than the "British - Windows 2" and the "Logitech U.K. Intl" keymaps; but the hint still stands as useful to anyone wanting any of the other national keymaps, I hope.

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Take a look at ControllerMate
Authored by: wheeles on Nov 16, '07 09:36:33AM
I used to have a lot of trouble with Logitech Control Center. Now I use ControllerMate from OrderedBytes.

It took a while to configure, but once done I was able to wave goodbye to the horrendous LCC.

I am in no way linked to OrderBytes, I'm just happy a happy customer.

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Install just the keyboard layouts from Logitech's drivers
Authored by: jms1 on Nov 18, '07 11:01:32PM

Strange... I did a clean install of Leopard, then installed "" and am using my Logitech wireless keyboard and mouse without any problems at all. This was actually the second thing I installed after Leopard was running (the first was "Little Snitch", of course.)

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Install just the keyboard layouts from Logitech's drivers
Authored by: chris_on_hints on Sep 02, '12 02:04:55AM

I know this is a really old post, but I wanted to give an update. I use a S 510 Logitech keyboard, not supported on OSX by them at all. I downloaded the latest LCC software and the keyboard layout resource file is still in the same place and the layouts show up on OSX 10.8.1 in the "Language and Text" preference pane.

But, for some reason, I cannot select any of the logitech layouts in the input source menu.

Thankfully, it appears that OSX now has the "PC" keyboard layouts built-in. Right below "British" is "British - PC". Choosing this layout has fixed all the \ @ and " into the correct place.

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