21May/134

Pairing an Apple Wireless Keyboard in Ubuntu 12.04

I was recently given a 3-battery (second-generation) Apple Wireless keyboard, model A1255. I run Ubuntu 12.04 as my primary OS on my laptop, so I didn't anticipate any compatibility issues.  It didn't take me long to run into trouble. During the pairing process, Ubuntu gives a random PIN that must be typed into the keyboard, but it consistently rejected the number. The solution? Hold down the "command" button while typing the PIN number, release the command button, and then press enter. As a side note, put the keyboard in discoverable mode by powering it off, and then holding the power button until the light blinks steadily. I hope that saves someone some grief!

FuelCell250

  • Rajiv

    WUT, saved me!

  • http://gavu.me/ gavu

    In my case, your tutorial did not help. During the installation of the
    OS (Ubuntu 13.04) and the short configs using a normal USB keyboard, my
    batteries died… 30 minutes later I paired my keyboard

    ’nuff said

    • Joel Crane

      So the pairing worked, it just drained your battery?

  • df

    yes but the shit isn’t working on a lower level (e.g. GRUB)