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Mac-Compatible Numeric Keypad
Posted by: mrlynn
Date: July 25, 2010 08:57PM
I need one in a couple of days, so don't have time to shop online (hate paying express charges). Does the Apple Store have a third-party USB keypad?

/Mr Lynn



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Re: Mac-Compatible Numeric Keypad
Posted by: BernDog
Date: July 25, 2010 09:17PM
Most stores that carry more than the most basic computer peripherals should have them in stock...and they're not expensive. They should all be compatible, just as pretty much any 3rd party USB keyboard.
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Re: Mac-Compatible Numeric Keypad
Posted by: JoeH
Date: July 25, 2010 09:39PM
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BernDog
Most stores that carry more than the most basic computer peripherals should have them in stock...and they're not expensive. They should all be compatible, just as pretty much any 3rd party USB keyboard.

Should, but not all are completely compatible, and that also depends on which OS version you have. My son has a Targus(?) keypad that worked fine for him with his MacBook Pro until he upgraded from 10.4 to 10.5.
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Re: Mac-Compatible Numeric Keypad
Posted by: mrlynn
Date: July 25, 2010 10:37PM
I bought one from Yugster recently, but it wasn't compatible with my MBP/Snow Leopard. They didn't advertise that it was Windows-only. I had to return it.

/Mr Lynn
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Re: Mac-Compatible Numeric Keypad
Posted by: WHiiP
Date: July 26, 2010 05:13AM
I have one that I am using on my iMac 27, i7, Snow Leopard. I originally used it on my Pismo, It's made by MacSense.

To get one locally, not necessarily MacSense, Best Buy or Wally Mart is probably your best chance. Unless you have a Fry's in town.



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Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 07/26/2010 05:14AM by WHiiP.
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Re: Mac-Compatible Numeric Keypad
Posted by: testcase
Date: July 26, 2010 07:54AM
Is there a Radio Shack near you? They should have one.
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Re: Mac-Compatible Numeric Keypad
Posted by: AllGold
Date: July 26, 2010 12:10PM
How can a USB keypad not work? Press 1 and the keypad sends a '1' through the USB port. Press 2, etc.

I could see software being a problem. But there should be no need to install software.



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Re: Mac-Compatible Numeric Keypad
Posted by: JoeH
Date: July 26, 2010 02:19PM
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AllGold
How can a USB keypad not work? Press 1 and the keypad sends a '1' through the USB port. Press 2, etc.

I could see software being a problem. But there should be no need to install software.

There are more keys than just 1, 2, etc. involved. The keypad my son has that I mentioned reads one of them as being continuously pressed under 10.5. It works just fine under 10.4. This is an issue others have reported at places my son researched the problem after going to 10.5. At some point one of us will upgrade to 10.6, and then check again on whether it works right then.
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Re: Mac-Compatible Numeric Keypad
Posted by: mrlynn
Date: July 26, 2010 04:28PM
Forgetting what JoeH said, I went over the BestBuy and picked up a Targus wireless keypad model AKP11US.

It doesn't seem to work at all.

The USB receiver blinks when plugged in, which is supposed to mean that it's receiving a signal. The switch is On. But open an Excel spreadsheet, press the keys, and nothing happens. And yes, I put the battery in.

Nothing. Says it's compatible with Mac OS X 10.4 or higher.

Guess I'll have to take it back. What a bother!


/Mr Lynn
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Re: Mac-Compatible Numeric Keypad
Posted by: AllGold
Date: July 26, 2010 04:55PM
Could it be a NumLock / not NumLock issue?



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Re: Mac-Compatible Numeric Keypad
Posted by: mrlynn
Date: July 26, 2010 07:02PM
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AllGold
Could it be a NumLock / not NumLock issue?

Hadn't thought of that, as on my external keyboard the number lock is always on. But hitting the key there, or the 'Num lock' key on the MBP doesn't seem to help. Nothing appears on the screen when I use the keypad.

/Mr Lynn

UPDATE:

I really should have listened to JoeH!

Just tried the keypad on our iMac G4, running Tiger. It works.

But not on my MBP running Snow Leopard.

Back it goes!



Edited 2 time(s). Last edit at 07/26/2010 07:23PM by mrlynn.
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