Making a Mac Computer Work with a Microsoft Keyboard & Mouse

I hate blogging about this, but I don’t know where else to turn. Maybe you can help.

I’m trying to get my Mac to work with a Microsoft keyboard and mouse, and it feels a bit like trying to broker peace in the Middle East. OK, it’s not that bad. In fact, it’s worked out great. A while back I bought this new Microsoft Wireless Desktop for Mac keyboard and mouse combo to replace the keyboard that must not be named (actually, it was an Adesso, and yes that’s my 1-star review of it). The new Microsoft keyboard and mouse worked great, despite my mixing genres.

Except when I shutdown or restart the computer. Then both the mouse and keyboard go dead until I unplug and re-plug the USB wireless receiver. Then everything works fine. I can’t figure out how to fix it so I don’t have to do the unplug and re-plug dance at every shutdown/restart. Microsoft’s site is no help and I haven’t found much Googling. Any brilliant ideas out there? Or is this just Bill Gates’ revenge?

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