Is an iMac right for me?

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by scan, Oct 23, 2006.

  1. scan macrumors 6502

    Oct 24, 2005
    More specifically, I'm thinking of getting an iMac and I was just wondering if it can do all the things that I want.

    1. I have a separate hdd on my PC that I use to store movies, music, etc.. Can I just take that out, put it in a drive enclosure, and plug it into a Mac?

    2. Is there a way I can S-Video out from my iMac to my TV? If so, is there a long S-Video cable that I can connect from my room to the living room or a patch panel of some sort?

    3. Since the iMac comes with built in speakers, can I plug in my own?

    4. I have a Logitech MX5000 wireless keyboard and mouse. It uses bluetooth. Can I connect this to a Mac. If so, can I use the built in bluetooth or do i have to use the dongle that comes with the keyboard.

    5. What tool would I use to burn a DVD movie to a disc? Do I use the whole drag and drop theory?
  2. BenRoethig macrumors 68030


    Jul 17, 2002
    Dubuque, Iowa

    1. In theory, yes, but if it's in the NTFS file formate, you can't write to that hard drive.

    2. Apple has a Mini DVI to Video Adapter for $19

    3. It support Analog up to 2.1 and digital optical systems.

    4. Logitech's bluetooth keyboards are not Mac compatible.

    5. You can import iMovie home movies into iDVD. If you're talking about burning a copyrighted DVD, I can't help you there.
  3. scan thread starter macrumors 6502

    Oct 24, 2005
    um... thats not what I asked. I never said anything about pirated movies. I BUY my dvds and then decrypted them and store them on my hdd. Now how do I burn those movies to a blank DVD... for BACKUP purposes.
  4. savanahrose macrumors 6502a


    Jul 31, 2006
    just this side of heaven, CHARLESTON SC
    I thought about the same thing as you have, but i reconsidered it. It still sounds like you are copying from a copyrighted dvd.

    But they do have programs for you to do that. They come with instructions.
  5. Carguy172 macrumors member

    Oct 8, 2006
    Yep it looks very good for you it does all you want it to and its in a all-in-one form factor
  6. scan thread starter macrumors 6502

    Oct 24, 2005
    ok I'm not asking EXACTLY HOW TO, I just want to know what programs or if OSX comes with any natively.
  7. Zigster macrumors regular

    Sep 14, 2004
    An imac is not for you.

    You are not appreciating all the effort the gent went through to answer your questions.
  8. scan thread starter macrumors 6502

    Oct 24, 2005
    IF I was not appreciating the effort, whats that have to do with an iMac not being right for me?

  9. IEatApples macrumors 6502a


    Jan 26, 2004
    Northern Hemisphere (Norway)
    Don't mind him. ;)
    Go for the iMac.
    My brother ordered one a few days ago, and I'm getting one in January.
    I'm currently on an iMac G5. iMac is GREAT! :)
  10. Whiteapple macrumors regular


    Jan 17, 2006
    Haute Savoie,France
    It is perfectly legal to Rip/Burn/Store on HDD the movies you own.

    To do so:

    -Download MacTheRipper, or BUY it :D
    -Buy Roxio's Popcorn to downsize your VIDEO_TS folder to fit a 4.7GB DVD
    -Burn the DVD in Roxio's Popcorn as well.

    An iMac seems perfect. If you already have a display, go for the baseline MacMini, throw in a new 7200 rpm hard drive and RAM, buy a 16X External FW Burner (It'll be faster than that of the Superdrive in the iMac anyways, or the combo of the Mini for that matter). I have a mini, dead happy with it.

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