Apple Keyboard & Windows

At work, I recently moved to one of the slim aluminium Apple keyboards, and I love it. Linux and the keyboard play nicely together without any hassles whatsoever. So, emboldened by this success, I bought another one for use at home — with my Windows machine. The results were, well, less than dazzling.

Whilst the keyboard’s basic functions pose no problem to Windows — it is, after all, just a USB keyboard — there were some problems, especially with the Function keys. Basically, the [fn] key doesn’t seem to generate a recognisable keycode for Windows, which meant that I didn’t have access to all the spiffy multimedia controls and so on.

After much googling and installation of keyboard drivers originally distributed with Apple’s Boot Camp, I eventually stumbled across a great little utility by Petr Laštovička, which allows a fairly clean and simple remapping of keys to functions. [For the Googlers who’ve arrived here looking for a solution to the Mac Keyboard + Windows problem, it beats out Sharpkeys for me because it can handle key combos.]

So, ultimately, I have ended with a very good-looking, nice-feeling keyboard that works 99% of the way I want it to. My biggest gripe is that changing the volume now requires me to press [Command]+[Fn]+[F10/F11/F12], rather than just [Fn]+[F10/F11/F12], as I can in Linux. I’m quite happy with this keyboard — although it’s not 100%, it’s definitely much better than most similarly-priced keyboards (at $69AUD).

One thought on “Apple Keyboard & Windows”

  1. Hmmmm – wish these things would just work. (Although, to be fair, I have had to play a similar trick with my Logitech keyboard in KDE!)

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