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40. Can I use a PC USB keyboard (wireless or not) with my Mac?

Can I use a PC USB keyboard (wireless or not) with my Mac?

Most, if not all, USB keyboards manufactured for PC's can be used with the Mac, even if Mac specific drivers don't exist for them.

Problems:
- Any custom buttons/keys (like "search," "mail," "www," etc.) will not work
- The position of the keys that correspond with "Command" and "Option" are reversed

A solution to the latter problem in OSX is "Double Command," which is available from http://doublecommand.sourceforge.net/.

A solution to the latter problem in OS9 is a ResEdit hack, found at http://www.resexcellence.com/ and quoted below. It works for 9.2 and may, or may not, work for 9.1.

Note:
Use ResEdit at your own risk; it can be dangerous. The hack should be performed on a copy of the System file, not the original. Make sure you can boot from another source in case your System file becomes corrupt, in which case it must be replaced with the original.

"Using a Windows USB keyboard on a Mac and remapping the modifier keys.

by Robert Hiller

Open a copy of the System with ResEdit, and find the KMAP resources.
Open them with a double-click.
Find ID of 2 and double-click to open it in the hex editor.
Find the value 3A in the file and change it to 37.
Find the value 37 in the table and change it to 3A.
In other words, to swap the keys, swap the two values 37 and 3A in Hex.
Next, open the ROv# resource.
In my System file there is only one ID, number 1917.
Open it with a double-click.
Go to the end of the list and select the last ****.
From the Resource menu select "Insert New Field" (Command-K).
In the empty box for TYPE insert KMAP, and for RES ID insert 2...
Once you have finished, save your work and quit ResEdit. Replace the old System suitcase with the new one and restart the computer.

Now when you plug in your Windows USB keyboard, the Command and Option keys will be where you want them!"



Related Links:
http://doublecommand.sourceforge.net/
http://www.resexcellence.com/
http://download.info.apple.com/Apple_Support_Area/Apple_Software_Updates/English-North_American/Macintosh/Utilities/ResEdit_2.1.3.sea.bin



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