a couple of questions before i buy a mac mini

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  1. miltontong macrumors newbie

    Feb 29, 2004
    toronto, canada
    i'm thinking about getting a mac mini but i need to know a couple of things before ordering one

    1. i have a usb wireless adapter from my old pc and i don't feel like spending $99 cdn on an airport extreme card. will the usb adapter work?

    2. i also have an 8x lg dvd writer from my old pc. i'm thinking it would be cheaper if i just bought an enclosure for it to use on the mac mini than getting a superdrive upgrade, is this possible?

    thanks in advance
  2. jackieonasses macrumors 6502a


    Mar 3, 2004
    the great OKLAHOMA....
    I know the second is possiable. Just make sure it is Firewire..

  3. andrewfee macrumors 6502

    Aug 29, 2004
    I've read that all of Apple's programs will only burn to a Superdrive, and not an external 3rd party burner, so I would recommend you get one.

    Toast, and other 3rd-party applications will be able to use it without a problem though.
  4. john1123 macrumors regular


    Jan 26, 2005
    Down Under
    ilife 05 supposedly supports external firewire

    aparently it is possible to burn directly to an external firewire drive with the new ilife 05 suite.

    but other people say it only works with Combo drives for them

    there is a hack called Easter Egg
    which allows people to select the drive to use to burn from the 'i' apps.

    Edit: Aparently Easter Egg is no longer necessary. this is what it says on their website:

  5. johnbro23 macrumors 6502a

    Apr 12, 2004
    Pittsburgh, PA
    1. I would just go for the $99 bluetooth/AE combo, if you were going to get BT anyways since the combo is only $50 more. But if you decide to stick with your USB wireless adapter, I'm pretty sure (at least on my eMac I was able to) install an Airport card after I bought it.

    2. Since they just lowered the prices on BTO options on the Mac mini, that $99 superdrive is hard to pass up. If it was up to me, I'd go with the superdrive.
  6. BillHarrison macrumors 6502

    Jul 25, 2003
    Most likely you will have no problems with your usb wireless adapter. What brand is it? I know belkin is well supported on macs, and Dlink works as well.

    As fro the dvd writer, there are some hacks necessary as mentioned above. However I read on www.xlr8yourmac.com that iLife 05 supports some external drives NATIVELY, so you may not need those!

  7. stevep macrumors 6502a


    Oct 13, 2004
    Be careful when you buy an external drive enclosure - there are 'issues' (which means that lots of them don't work reliably). There are 3 chipsets - the Oxford 911 and 922, and the PL3507. They have different capabilities, the PL3507 is a combo usb/firewire chipset for example. BUT (and its a big but!) many people are having problems with drives not mounting and data being lost, possibly because of a problem with OS 10.3.6 and 7. I think many of the problems are due to the boot sector being corrupted or not recognised. Try a Google search on the chipset codes above.
    My own external drive (branded 'Metal Gear Box') has these problems - annoyingly it works every time on XP but rarely mounts on my iBook G4 10.3.7.
  8. MacNeXT macrumors 6502

    Jun 21, 2004
    I second that. Make sure your enclosure has an Oxford chip!

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