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I tested Apple’s Magic Mouse with Windows 7 not long after I bought the device a few weeks ago. It paired through Bluetooth with no issues as expected, and works well, but lost was the scrolling I enjoy with a finger flick on my MacBook. Obviously, […]

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I tested Apple’s Magic Mouse with Windows 7 not long after I bought the device a few weeks ago. It paired through Bluetooth with no issues as expected, and works well, but lost was the scrolling I enjoy with a finger flick on my MacBook. Obviously, it’s a driver issue and I never thought twice about it — why expect a Mac-specific function to work in Windows, right?  Luckily, someone else looked into it and hacked a method to get the magic on Windows.

UNEASYsilence peeped a pair of modified bits from Apple’s latest Bluetooth Update and word is that they add touch scrolling to 32- and 64-bit versions of Windows. Although geared for using Windows in Bootcamp, folks are reporting success on non-Apple hardware as well. So far, it’s reported that vertical scrolling is working in a few apps like Firefox and Internet Explorer 8, but no multitouch mousing is here yet. If you’d rather not go the hacked route, Microsoft’s own Sidewinder X8 mouse driver could do the trick as well. I haven’t had time to try either method yet, since I don’t run Bootcamp. I have paired the Magic Mouse with the Windows 7 partition on my netbook though, so I expect a little hackery later today. ;)

  1. I am a bit curious about using the magic mouse with a plain vanilla Windows PC as well, so I am eager to see how you get it working!

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  2. I guess we ‘might’ see a bootcamp update to support it though? Happy with my Logitech Lasers though, on Windows or Mac!

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  3. Anyone gotten it to work with ubuntu?

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  4. And a Apple wireless keyboard working with a PC? anybody tried?

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    1. Martijn van Gompel Saturday, November 21, 2009

      Apple Wireless keyboard and a Windows PC is easy. I’ve been running this set up since januari of this year. You don’t really have to do any hacking as long as your bluetooth adapter is compatible. Oh and you do need to switch around some keys, as for example, the keyboard doesn’t have a delete button on it.

      I believe Kevin even has a video up somewhere demonstrating this…

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      1. Thanks a lot for your help. I will try it in my Vaio.

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      2. Willem van Riesen Friday, December 18, 2009

        Kom het bij mij eens voordoen dan!

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  5. My story… windows xp sp3.
    No problem installing Bluetooth. Other windows product are harder to install.
    Then the UnEasySilence drive. But windows do not allow me to use the modified aple drive…
    Now I have installed the sidwinder drives… but still not able to scroll….

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