Webcam, sound card? and scanner for iMac G5?

Discussion in 'Buying Tips, Advice and Discussion (archive)' started by Willy S, Jul 7, 2005.

  1. Willy S macrumors 6502

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    1. Do I need a usb sound card to be able to connect my Creative 5.1 surround system or can I get a digital optical cable with 5 inputs? :confused:

    2. My Panasonic G-120 camcorder, webcam feature doesn´t seem to work with Macs. So I guesss I need a webcam; what is the best buy?

    3. Scanner. I don´t know anyting about scanners, but my wife needs one mac compatitble that scans texts and graphics FAST. We had a Printer/Scanner and the driver that came with it sucks with the iMac...and it is slooooow. She won´t be scanning any films, so a *normal* resolution is fine.

    Please suggest what is best to buy. I´m a bit on a budget so I´m looking for the best price/quality ratio.

    Thanks!
     
  2. Willy S thread starter macrumors 6502

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    1. I don't know.

    2. iSight - believe me. It fits right nicely on the top of the iMac with a magnet.

    3. I like the Canon lide scanners for average home use. No muss no fuss.
     
  4. Willy S thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Thanks for the iSight tip. When I was searching info about iSight I noticed that I could just hook my camcorder through the firewire and use it as a webcam with excellent quality!

    So now I only need to find a fast scanner and some solution for my surround system. :)
     
  5. mduser63 macrumors 68040

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    I'm not really if the iMac G5 has an optical output. If it does, you only need one cable to hook up your surround sound system. All 5 channels get carried on the same (digital) optical cable.

    EDIT: I just checked Apple's webpage, and yes, the iMac G5 (current generation anyway) has an optical output. It looks like it's got a mini TOSlink connector as the optical output seems to be combined with the headphone jack. You most likely need a cable with a mini TOS connector on one end, and a regular TOS connector on the other. Somebody correct me if I'm wrong.
     
  6. homerjward macrumors 68030

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    iirc the rev. a imac g5 didnt have the surround out of teh rev b models, so you'd probably need a usb sound card.
     
  7. Willy S thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Hmmm ok!

    What external usb sound card do you suggest? Creative Audigy 2 isn´t supported? :confused:
     
  8. RJP31484 macrumors regular

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    The rev B's DEF. DO have an optical out.
     
  9. Macky-Mac macrumors 68030

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    canon 8400F scanner is doing a good job for me if you're still looking....it has slide and some film scanning features if you need that
     

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