Another Mac for Mini’s Monitor?

Discussion in 'Mac mini' started by SCStevens04, Sep 24, 2008.

  1. SCStevens04 macrumors member

    Jun 7, 2006
    I’m about to pick up a used Mac Mini and was wondering if there’s a way to (temporarily!) use a G4 Powerbook as the display for the mini? Or, could I use an iMac’s monitor for the mini?
  2. mkrishnan Moderator emeritus


    Jan 9, 2004
    Grand Rapids, MI, USA
    Generally, no, not in ways that don't involve spending as much on other hardware as you would have on the display to begin with. However, there are various options to do things like remote desktop onto the Mini so that it could be used without a monitor. That's essentially the same thing, but you wouldn't expect fast screen changes like full real time HD video to work flawlessly. This is one example of software that helps you set it up...

    I don't know if/which pieces of software are explicitly designed to help you set up a computer that has never been configured on its own monitor, though.
  3. ADent macrumors 6502a

    Sep 9, 2007
    You can share screens using Leopard's built in Screen Sharing or VNC.

    You would probably need a monitor to setup the mini and turn screen sharing on - then you could use the G4 to log into the mini.

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