mac mini with laptop?

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  1. sammyman macrumors 6502a

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    I have a dell 9200, and was wondering if I could get a mac mini and plug into my laptop for a screen? possibly keyboard and mouse too? thanks. oh yeah... can I sync it to a pocket pc?
     
  2. CanadaRAM macrumors G5

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    Plug them together, no.
    You can install Timbuktu or another "remote desktop" product to control the Mini over a network connection from the Dell, but performance will not be great.
    Thanks
    Trevor
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  3. gallivant macrumors member

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    The Missing Sync will, I believe, do basic contacts/calendar syncing to a Pocket PC, and while theoretically you can install any software that provides a CAB file, most Pocket PC programs come as a windows installer that adds the program to activesync, so it isn't a very good solution if you're a heavy Pocket PC user.
     
  4. sammyman thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    BASIC CALENDER AND CONTACTS WOULD BE FINE. I AM SUPRISED THAT THERE IS NO WAY TO USE A MONITOR FROM A LAPTOP WITH THE MAC MINI THOUGH. THANKS GUYS
     
  5. Toreador93 macrumors regular

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    This might work:

    -Get a tv tuner, for your Dell.

    -Get a VGA/DVI-to-RCA adapter

    -Hook tv tuner to dell. Connect VGA/DVI to mini, and RCA into tv tuner.

    That might give you a monitor, albeit a low-resolution one. Don't think you can do the keyboard, mouse though.
    You'd probably be better off getting a cheap 15" LCD for a similar price.
     
  6. Chrispy macrumors 68020

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    The only real way to make this work well would be to get an external monitor. You can find some great deals anymore and I am sure you could get the monitor, keyboard and mouse for less than $200 if you shop well. Once you get the mini, you will find yourself using your laptop much less ;)
     
  7. mkrishnan Moderator emeritus

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    Buy a monitor and a KVM, and you'll get a new toy for BOTH of your machines! (the Dell supports dual screens, I think, right?)
     
  8. sammyman thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    I would like to get a monitor, but after doing the math of a mac mini with wireless, and superdrive, it makes more sense to wait a few weeks for the revised imac. That is still little expensive for me, but I think I will got that route. I wanted to save money so I could get some programs, but I will just get the programs later. Thanks for all of the input.
     
  9. mkrishnan Moderator emeritus

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    iMac G5s are also frequently available refurbished from the Apple site, if $$$ is a critical issue, too. I think a lot of people here have had good experiences with Apple store refurbs. I haven't gotten one, although I got an amazing deal on my Powershot S50 as an Apple store demo unit. :D
     
  10. Mechcozmo macrumors 603

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    1. The Dell's monitor connects directly to the motherboard. It isn't a standard plug that can go into a computer. Why are you surprised by this? It is hardwired in, not standalone...

    2. The Missing Sync will do everything you need. And maybe more. But it does work great. Linkety
     
  11. redeye be macrumors 65816

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    lol, nice solution.
    For the keyboard and mouse you could use synergy. If i where you, sammyman, i would just opt for buying a screen and keyboard/mouse as most people suggest.
     
  12. sammyman thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    It appears that the mac mini is not for me. That is ok though. The imac G5 is a sweet computer. Now I got to sell some stuff on ebay :)
     
  13. AmnesiacOpera macrumors member

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    You could always get an eMac. Nearly the same specs as the mac mini but it includes the screen, keyboard, and mouse. :)
     

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