Connect a Logitech Elite Keyboard on a generic Bluetooth dongle

I am still using the Logitech Elite Bluetooth Keyboard I bought years ago. It was sold in a bundle with a Bluetooth Optical Mouse MX900 and a Bluetooth Hub. That Hub also served as a cradle to charge the Mouse.

Logitech Elite Keyboard And MX900 Mouse
Logitech Elite Keyboard, MX900 Mouse and Bluetooth Hub

Since I don’t user the Mouse anymore and don’t need therefore the Cradle to recharge it, I thought I could get rid of it if I could connect the Keyboard on a Generic Bluetooth dongle or even better: on my onboard Bluetooth.

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Actually, I don’t use the MX900 mouse anymore since the Cradle does not recharge it anymore. I think the “contacts” are dead. This seems to be a quite common issue.

And since my Asus P9X79 Pro MB comes with an onboard Bluetooth, I thought that I could completely get rid of the Logitech Hub which has its own power supply, a usb connector and a PS/2 connector… i.e.: too many cables :/

This is well supported by Logitech as explained in their Bluetooth FAQ. Here is how to proceed on Windows 8:

  1. The Bluetooth must already be installed. The default “drivers” (Bluetooth stack) from Microsoft will work fine.
  2. Right-click the Bluetooth icon in the system tray and select “Add a Bluetooth device.”
  3. Click “Add a device” on top of the Devices list.
  4. While the Wizard is searching for new devices press the “Connect” button behind the Keyboard (The small white button next to the battery compartment). A generic Keyboard will appear in the list. It will only be displayed as a Logitech Elite Keyboard once installed.
  5. Once the keyboard detected and added, Windows will prompt you to type a passkey on the Keyboard. You must end by pressing ‘Enter’ to validate the passkey.
  6. Now, you have to disallow Windows to turn off the Bluetooth while entering the sleep mode otherwise the Bluetooth keyboard will appear “Offline” when you wake up the computer.
    1. Right-Click the Bluetooth icon in the system stray and select “Open Settings”
    2. Open the “Hardware” tab in the “Bluetooth Settings” pane
    3. Select your Bluetooth dongle (or onboard emitter) and click on the “Properties” button to open the “Bluetooth Properties” pane
    4. Click on “Change settings”. You will see a new tab “Power Management”
    5. Open this “Power Management” tab and deselect “Allow the computer to turn off this device to save power”.
  7. The computer may have to be rebooted if the keyboard is not immediately enabled.

The only drawback is that I won’t be able to use the keyboard at boot time (e.g.: to enter the bios) or in safe mode. To support that, the Logitech Bluetooth Hub came with a PS/2 connector.





One response to “Connect a Logitech Elite Keyboard on a generic Bluetooth dongle”

  1. Valery Letroye Avatar

    Sometimes my keyboard does not work anymore although the batteries are good.
    To fix it quickly, go to the bottom left corner of the desktop to open the “Charm Bar” and select “Change PC Settings”.
    In “PC Settings”, click on “PC and devices”, then “Bluetooth”.

    If you see the “Logitech Elite Keyboard” there, click on the background next to it and try to type.
    If it opens the search pane, it means that the keyboard was just temporarily not responding.

    If it does definitively not respond, select the “Logitech Elite Keyboard” and click “Remove device”.
    Once removed, press the white “Connect” button under the keyboard. It will be soon redetected…
    Once it appears as “Ready to Pair”, select it and press on “Pair”.
    Finally, type the number displayed on screed, followed by “Enter”, on the Num Pad.

    Et voilà.

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