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TimothyBuchanan
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PostPosted: Sun Mar 09, 2008 7:54 pm    Post subject: Mouse sleep/wake Reply with quote

I recently bought a Mini with bluetooth Apple mouse and keyboard. I gather that there is no way to turn off the keyboard and it goes to sleep after a certain amount of time. If I turn the mouse off, it won't re-establish a connection with the mini when I turn it back on. Is this normal, and do I have to leave the mouse on whenever the computer is on?
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PostPosted: Mon Mar 10, 2008 8:09 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

In order to save battery life, I turn off the mouse after I shut down the Mini. You are correct that it is difficult to re-establish the connection between the mouse and the Mini if you turn the mouse off while the Mini is still running, but it can be done by keeping a cheap wired mouse handy. This is especially useful when you get the alert that your mouse batteries are getting weak and need to be replaced.

The mouse, for some unknown reason, will go through batteries much more quickly than the keyboard. You can check the status of the batteries in your KB & mouse by going to system preferences> Keyboard & Mouse > Bluetooth.

I used to keep a log that showed me how often I changed batteries. The mouse needs a battery change every 2 - 3 months; the KB about 6 - 8 months.
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PostPosted: Mon Mar 10, 2008 12:44 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi Timothy - welcome to the group.

I switch off my apple bluetooth supermouse (or amazingmouse, or whatever it is!) and leave my mini on.

When I switch the mouse back on, it does take 5-10 seconds to be located by the mini, but after that it works fine. I think you're right about the keyboard power, although I could swear that the manual said you can turn it off by hitting the power button, I think that's wrong and everytime you hit that button it just resets the "on" clock.
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PostPosted: Mon Mar 10, 2008 5:02 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

This is good to know, I was under the (obviously wrong) impression that the mouse was going to sleep on its own after inactivity, its been on for a good 5 days solid now...
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PostPosted: Mon Mar 10, 2008 5:14 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

barnz wrote:
Hi Timothy - welcome to the group. When I switch the mouse back on, it does take 5-10 seconds to be located by the mini, but after that it works fine. I think you're right about the keyboard power, although I could swear that the manual said you can turn it off by hitting the power button, I think that's wrong and everytime you hit that button it just resets the "on" clock.


Thanks, I've been 'lurking' here for awhile. I use the keyboard to wake the Mini, but it won't respond to the mouse after I've turned it back on, no matter how long I wait. What response do others here get?

I think you're right about the keyboard. Hitting power just makes the LED flash green.
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 11, 2008 12:33 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

^ was trying to put the mini to sleep last night with the remote, then turn off the mouse. This proved difficult as it seems impossible to put the mouse to sleep (or turn off, whatever it is it does) without clicking, which woke up the mini. So I put the mouse to sleep, then put the mini to sleep with the remote. This morning, I turned the mouse on first, then woke the mini up, and had no issues...
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 11, 2008 2:31 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I tried the procedure of mouse off first, then sleep, then mouse on, then wake. It didn't work at first; now it does. The only thing I did between not working and working was look at mouse/keyboard prefs. Not change anything, just look. Anyway, it works now.

I also noticed that the keyboard battery was down, though I haven't had it long. I found out that to really turn it off, you have to press and hold the power button until the green LED goes out again. Otherwise, it's just sleeping. I didn't know that.

Thanks to all those who helped with this problem.
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 11, 2008 6:52 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

imola.zhp wrote:
... So I put the mouse to sleep, then put the mini to sleep with the remote...


Thanks for the tip! I was about to ask how you use the remote to put your mini to sleep when I realized I could just walk in the other room and try it. (There's only 6 buttons, how hard could it be? ) Razz

Sho'nuff, works great and lets me shut down the mouse! Perfect!

PS Timothy -
when I turn on the mouse, I wait a couple of seconds and then click on the desktop - it's found everytime. I am about 5 feet between mini and mouse.
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PostPosted: Wed Mar 12, 2008 10:28 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

^ no problem, I havent had it a week yet, but I'm glad I could help...

I think that process puts the remote to sleep too because I usually have to push the button on the bottom before the remote will wake it up...

I'll start shutting down the keyboard too, thanks for the info on that Timothy...
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