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Old Jan 16, 2008, 11:59 AM   #1
cvzyl
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Run Mac mini without keyboard & mouse

I have set up my Intel Mac Mini in the living room to act as an "Apple TV" but every time I start it up it complains that there is no keyboard and mouse connected. I then have to attach a keyboard and mouse before it will continue booting.

Is there a way to disable keyboard and mouse completely? I will either control it remotely or use the remote control for Front Row.

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Old Jan 16, 2008, 02:11 PM   #2
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For anybody interested, found the answer to this problem on a site.

When OS X starts up and finds no USB keyboard and mouse it goes into a search for a Bluetooth device. This is actually the bugging screen where I got stuck. Disabling this "search if normal keyboard/mouse not found" under the advanced options of Bluetooth settings (system prefs) stops this annoying behavior and you can happily boot your mac without any keyboard or mouse attached.

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Old Jan 16, 2008, 06:23 PM   #3
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Thanks for posting that find. I've been looking to get a mac mini soon for exactly the same use, so you've saved me the hassle of trying to find the solution myself.
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Old Jan 16, 2008, 10:27 PM   #4
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I couldn't find this option. are you using leopard?
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Old Feb 13, 2010, 12:44 PM   #5
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Thanks for posting this tip! I'm using my Mac Mini for the same reason, I think it is a much better solution than the Apple TV and it solves the Hulu problem.
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Old Feb 13, 2010, 01:08 PM   #6
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I couldn't find this option. are you using leopard?
same here. I have one that says 'open bluetooth setup assistant at startup when no input device is present' is that it?

I do use a bluetooth keyboard/mouse occasionally so I wouldn't want that to stop them working.


I found that using a 'remote' mouse via ipod touch works too (I use my mini as a HTPC usually, and it often pops this reminder up). Eg jaadu VNC, airmouse or other apps.
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