Can you use a Mac Mini with a notebook computer?

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  1. macrumors newbie

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    I am looking into using an Apple computer, specifically the Mac Mini. I have had PC exclusively since 1996. My question is: I have a Dell Latitude laptop computer and want to know if it is possible to attach it to a Mac Mini and thereby have the Leopard OP to use on the notebook's monitor.

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    mozart
     
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    No. That won't work.
     
  4. thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Can you use a Mac Mini with a notebook computer?

    Yes, the laptop does have a video input. Why would it not work....I've been trying to think and follow it throught, but don't trust myself!

    Debbie
     
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    You really need a monitor and keyboard to use the Mini. A Laptop doesn't have a VGA or DVI video INPUT, or USB INPUT. THe closest you would come is to use a program like VNC to "remotely control" your Mini over the network.

    That would work, but you still need a keyboard and monitor to boot up the Mini and set it up.
     
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    Killyp

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    ...plus the performance would be dreadful.

    You're gonna have to get a display to go with that. I bought a pretty good ViewSonic 17" widescreen display for £100 not that long ago, I bet you can get them for less now. The picture is relatively good (although don't expect Apple Cinema Display level quality).
     
  7. thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Can you use a Mac Mini with a notebook computer?

    Thank you all for your help:) I sort of thought it wouldn't work well ,but just didn't know why. You have been a great help and I probably will just purchase an Apple laptop instead. I now know where to go for advise;)
     
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    Yes it will. Run VNC on the Mini and network it with the laptop.
     
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    Ok, yes that will work but that wasn't really the initial point of the thread (from my point of view). Anyway, I really recommend the OP just buy a new monitor with the Mini, I mean you can get a decent 19" LCD for around $200.
     

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