Can I get the UM-160 AeroMouse to work with OS X?

Although the UM-160 is listed to work with Windows 98se, Windows 2000 and Mac OS 8.5.1 or later, it can work with OS X through the built-in Mouse control panel. A device driver will not need to be loaded.

  1. Connect the transceiver to an available USB port on your computer. The LED light on the side should blink and then go off.
  2. Double-check that the mouse has working batteries.
  3. Verify that both the transceiver and the mouse are on the same channel. If not, the mouse will not work. To check this, use a pen and hit the button on the transceiver. It will blink as many times as the number of the channel it is on. So if you're on channel 5 the LED will blink five times. Each time you hit the button it will move to the next channel with a total of eight channels available. To reset the LED back to channel 1 you must press the button for more than one second.
  4. Open your OS X System Preferences and double-click the Mouse control panel. Configure the Mouse for your needs. Unlike the OS 9 driver specifically written for the UM-160, which allows for configuration of the mouse buttons, the OS X built-in support does not allow for this.

Note: The UM-160 AeroMouse is programmed to go to sleep after a period of time. If this happens, simply click the scroll button and it will wake up.


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