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I Need an On-Screen Keyboard for the Login Screen in Leopard
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seandavid010
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Mar 10, 2010, 10:31 AM
 
Ok, so here's the deal:

I have two machines at my desk - a MacBook and a Power Mac G5 - and both are running 10.5.8. I have a bluetooth keyboard and mouse connected to the MacBook and use Teleport so I can use them with the Power Mac as well so I don't have to keep two keyboards on my desk. Here's the problem though:

At night I have to log out on both machines, and when I do so Teleport stops working. This makes it so I can't type my password to log in with my bluetooth keyboard the next morning. The only solution I've found thus far is to keep a USB keyboard plugged into the Power Mac and keep it stashed under my desk, but it's kind of a pain. Anyways, here's my question:

Is it possible to activate the on-screen keyboard from the login screen of Leopard? I can have a little trackball plugged into the Power Mac and keep it on my desk, that's not too big a deal. But I'm trying to get rid of that extra keyboard. Anyone have any ideas? I'd appreciate them!
     
abbaZaba
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Mar 10, 2010, 04:48 PM
 
can you use Remote Desktop to VNC into the computer and login? I am pretty sure it works at login screen...
     
milhous
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Mar 12, 2010, 02:14 AM
 
Maybe there's something under Universal Access settings in System Preferences?
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Mar 12, 2010, 12:59 PM
 
Haven't tested it at the log-in screen, but if you have an iPhone maybe use something like AirMouse or Logitech Touch Mouse? Those might require the user account to fully load, tho', as they require a 'server' app running on the target machine and for the machine to be connected to the same network...
     
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Mar 12, 2010, 01:29 PM
 
ScreenSharing should work.

You should be able to access the Mac at the login screen if screen sharing is enabled and type in the password.

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Mar 29, 2010, 04:27 AM
 
set it to automagically log you in?
     
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Apr 1, 2010, 09:04 AM
 
Originally Posted by seandavid010 View Post
...Is it possible to activate the on-screen keyboard from the login screen of Leopard? ...
It's possible but the on-screen keyboard should support some pre-login limitations. Mac OS X 10.5 introduced the ability to run a launchd agent while the login screen is showing. Pre-login launchd agents are privileged programs; you must be carefully to maintain system security. For example, Typical On-Screen Keyboard for Mac OS X and Typical Virtual Keyboard for Mac OS X both support the login screen. They are for Intel only. You can download it from TypicSoft.com.
     
   
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