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Archived content 2005-2007

Getting my new mac keyboard to work with a PC

Posted by Tim Riley Sun, 19 Aug 2007 23:37:00 GMT

Dear Internet,

I’ve been having some troubles getting my PC to boot while connected to one of the new Apple USB keyboards.

I have it connected with a USB extension cable in order for the keyboard to reach my desk. However, in this state, the BIOS will print a “No keyboard present” error and fail to boot.

When I remove the extension cable and connect the keyboard directly, this error oes not appear and the system boots fine! When I plug it back in through the extension cable after this point, everything is fine also. The problem seems to occur only when the BIOS is loading.

Now ideally I need the extension cable because typing under my desk is just not comfortable. Does anyone have any ideas about how to fix or work around this issue? The USB keyboard support in my BIOS is turned on, for what it’s worth.

You are my only hope!




  1. jay said about 2 hours later:
    You might try using different USB ports on the PC. It sounds like your USB port isn't pushing enough power.
  2. Tim Riley said about 4 hours later:
    Hi Jay, thank for the tip. I'll give it a shot, though I did try it in a few different ports originally, to no avail. It only seemed to work consistently when I took away the extension cable. It is one of the new mac keyboards, so it has 2 USB 2.0 ports attached. Do you think the fact that it might be acting as a hub (though I do not have anything plugged into it) will affect anything?
  3. Stalwart said 2 days later:
    BIOS setup should have option like "Halt on:" and you should set it to "No errors" or "All, but keyboard". Or get a NORMAL desk. I chosen second, btw.

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