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t minus 1405 minutes and counting – again(2) – Apple Wireless Keyboard

by foxynet on October 16, 2007, no comments

So … the Apple store I ordered the Mac Mini from couriered … the wrong computer … back from their other store.


At least I talked them into giving me a discount on a new Apple Wireless Keyboard. It doesn’t want to work with my Windows laptop, worked first time with a friend’s TiBook (10.3 even!) and first time with the iMac G5 at home.

With a bit of work it also works with Ubuntu Fiesty on my laptop:

Not 100% sure that this was required:

sudo apt-get install gnome-bluetooth

To get the MAC address of the keyboard:

sudo hidd --search

Substitute the MAC address returned from the search above for aa:bb:cc:dd:ee:ff in the following commands.

Edit /etc/bluetooth/hcid.conf and add the following section:

device aa:bb:cc:dd:ee:ff {
name "Apple Wireless Keyboard";
auth enable;
encrypt enable;

Enable Human Interface Devices:

sudo vim /etc/default/bluetooth

Look for the following line:


Change it to:


Restart the bluetooth daemon:

sudo /etc/init.d/bluetooth restart

Then connect to the keyboard!:

sudo hidd --connect aa:bb:cc:dd:ee:ff

It should prompt you to type in a pairing pin number on your bluetooth keyboard and on your existing keyboard.

I had all sorts of trouble actually getting the pairing to work … in the end a reboot sorted things out, I suspect because the reboot autodetected and loaded the correct modules.


Happy days!