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Synergy keyboard doesn’t work on macbook pro

I’ve written about Synergy in the past. Basically Synergy is neat software that allows you to extend the use of one computers mouse/keyboard to another computer. This can be useful if you want to add a notebook or an extra computer to your multi-monitor workstation setup and control it using your main computer’s keyboard and mouse.

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The new version of Synergy has an issue where after being setup properly the mouse will work on the remote client system, but the keyboard will not. My setup is a a standard Windows 7 PC as the Synergy server and a MacBook Pro (2009) running bootcamp and Windows 7 as the client. Here’s what I did to fix the issue where the keyboard doesn’t work with Synergy:

[step 1] On the client computer, click Start->Control Panel and open Region and Language.

[step 2] Click the Keyboard and Languages tab and then click Change keyboards…

[step 3] Click Add… and expand English->Keyboard and check the US box. Then click OK.

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[step 4] Click OK one more time. This should resolve the issue. You should now be able to use the keyboard with Synergy.

That’s it.

March 13, 2014

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