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Old Nov 22, 2012, 09:06 PM   #1
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New Mac Mini, no keyboard

HI,

I bought a mac mini and I didn't buy a keyboard because theres one I want to order online. Anyway, I turned it on and its asking me to pair a bluetooth keyboard before proceeding. Is there anyway for me to use this computer befopre getting my keyboard? I dont have any external keyboard but I do have a macbook and iphone.

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Old Nov 22, 2012, 09:14 PM   #2
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There is an application for the Mac called "Type2Phone" that allows it to mimic a Bluetooth keyboard. With this you should be able to sey up your Mac Mini.
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Old Nov 22, 2012, 09:22 PM   #3
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Interesting. The App description says its only for phones. Not sure why they wouldn't advertise that it could works for computers too if it indeed does. How confident are you that it'll work. (Just cause its 5 bucks)
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Old Nov 22, 2012, 09:44 PM   #4
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I couldn't say. In theory there shouldn't be a problem. Though perhaps you should wait for someone else to chime in.
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Ther isnt a way, you have to plug in an external keyboard to use your macmini, may be a cord one or a bluetooth one.
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Old Nov 22, 2012, 10:13 PM   #6
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Maybe you could borrow a friend's keyboard? Or go buy a cheap one and return it when your "online" keyboard comes. But, I'm curious: if you don't have a keyboard, why bother setting the computer up?
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Old Nov 22, 2012, 10:31 PM   #7
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Did you try using Screen Sharing?
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Old Nov 22, 2012, 10:48 PM   #8
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HI,

I bought a mac mini and I didn't buy a keyboard because theres one I want to order online. Anyway, I turned it on and its asking me to pair a bluetooth keyboard before proceeding. Is there anyway for me to use this computer befopre getting my keyboard? I dont have any external keyboard but I do have a macbook and iphone.

thanks
If you have a thunderbolt cable or a firewire cable (dependent on which macbook you have) you might be able to start the mini in target disk mode and thus configure it that way. I have not ever tried that however
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Old Nov 23, 2012, 04:20 AM   #9
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As others have suggested, just plug in any old wired keyboard; a mate's, a cheapie.

The Mac Mini's not fussy. It doesn't have to be a flash bluetooth job, though if there isn't a keyboard plugged in, that's what it will be expecting.
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