Ubuntu is a free, Linux-based operating system for desktop computers and laptops. Some Apple mice connect to computers using Bluetooth. Bluetooth is a wireless communication standard, like Wi-Fi but for local devices. Computers with built-in Bluetooth radios communicate with Apple mice, cell phones and other Bluetooth-supporting devices wirelessly. Devices must be "paired" before they communicate with each other. Devices with sensitive information such as cell phones often use customisable PIN codes for Bluetooth pairing for security purposes, but mice like Apple's don't have customisable PIN codes and use a default PIN code.
- Skill level:
Insert batteries in your Apple mouse.
Open the Bluetooth preferences window by clicking "System"-->"Preferences"-->"Bluetooth."
Click "Setup New Device" in the Bluetooth window.
Click "Apple Wireless Mouse" in the "Device Search" list, which shows locally available Bluetooth devices.
Click the "PIN Options" button.
Click "0000 (Most Headsets, Mice and GPS Devices)" under "Fixed PIN" and click "Close."
Pair the mouse with Ubuntu by clicking "Forward."
Tips and warnings
- Re-pair the Apple mouse with Ubuntu by clicking the "Bluetooth" icon that looks like a "B" on the panel at the top-right corner of the Ubuntu desktop, clicking "Apple Wireless Mouse" and clicking "Connect." If you're asked for a PIN, type "0000" and press "Enter."
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