I want a Mac mini, I think..but I still suck because....

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by motc777, Mar 25, 2009.

  1. motc777 macrumors member


    Jan 18, 2006
    I have to still have a PC to do my work. Now I know about boot camp and parallel and whatnot, but the truth is, I have a perfectly good Dimension 8400 desktop that I can still do my business on.

    I was thinking that if I wanted to dip my foot into the Mac market, getting a mini would be very cost effective, but the one question remains. Can I with a standard KVM switch hook it up to a single monitor and keyboard, or possible dual monitors. If so how? Thanks in advance and it's great to be back. :D:apple:
  2. BayouBengal macrumors regular

    Oct 29, 2008
    KVM's are hardware agnostic. Shouldn't be an issue.
  3. motc777 thread starter macrumors member


    Jan 18, 2006
    Hardware agnostic? That's the funniest thing I've read all day. LOL :D:apple:
  4. Darth.Titan macrumors 68030


    Oct 31, 2007
    Austin, TX
    He didn't make it up himself... hardware agnostic is a commonly used term FYI.

    Also - and this may be a "DUH" reminder - make sure the KVM you choose uses USB for the keyboard/mouse. There are still quite a few using PS2. No sense having to buy an additional PS2 to USB adapter.
  5. Demosthenes X macrumors 68000

    Demosthenes X

    Oct 21, 2008
    Or, instead of spending more money to get a KVM switch and having two boxes sitting around, you could sell the Dell and use the money from that (and the money you would have spent on the KVM) and upgrade the mini, or just put it in the bank.
  6. techound1 macrumors 68000


    Mar 3, 2006
    Yeah, me too - that was great.
  7. SnowLeopard2008 macrumors 604


    Jul 4, 2008
    Silicon Valley
    I hate having two computers. I had a custom whitebox I built myself and an iBook G4 for a brief period of time. It was a huge PIA.

    To OP, I would highly recommend selling your Dell and the it's accesories and go with an iMac.
  8. SecondDealer macrumors regular

    Feb 1, 2009
    Personally I think having two computers would be difficult and annoying but you may very well need the Dell for your "work" I know not many companies use OS X or Apples at all for that matter. My vote is buying a nice Mac mini, selling the dell, buying parallels and installing windows XP.
  9. weckart macrumors 601

    Nov 7, 2004
    Yes, that makes sense. So when one goes in for repair, you'll have nothing to work with. Great idea.

    If you don't need two, you probably didn't need one in the first place.
  10. Earendil macrumors 68000


    Oct 27, 2003
    He has a point here. However, only you can decide if the kind of work you do would be significantly hindered by having a computer go down. But you've made it this far on one, so perhaps you are okay? If you go for the Mini, I'd suggest selling the Dell as well (if its resale is worth anything) and putting that into the Mac Mini, or, the bank.

    :confused: This makes no sense to me? :confused:
    I don't need two computers, but I do need one...
    (unless you want to get technical on the term "need", and in that case I need very very little, including this train of thought ;) )
  11. clyde2801 macrumors 601


    Mar 6, 2008
    In the land of no hills and red dirt.
    I think it depends on if you could get anything out of the dell. Heck, I'm even seeing the new alu macbooks selling on craigslist lately for $900-$1000, and they're new machines with initial applecare warranty.

    If money's an issue and if you can't get a decent price out of the dell, use it until it no longer meets your needs or breaks, and then buy a mini.

    The rule you'll hear on the forums is 'if you need it now, buy it now, otherwise wait'. The only trick is determining whether you really need it now.
  12. Cave Man macrumors 604

    Cave Man

    Feb 12, 2007
    Neander Valley, Germany; just outside Duesseldorf
    This is why I have two cars, two showers, two houses, two...
  13. barkmonster macrumors 68020


    Dec 3, 2001
    Use SynergyKM and a cross over ethernet cable.

    I'm getting a used mac mini myself in the next few weeks and doing exactly the same thing with my G4 as the secondary machine.

    I can't find exact instructions for configuring it but I'm assuming it's just a simple case of having 1 monitor for each computer, hooking up the ethernet cable then setting one system as a server and one a client. The control panel has so few controls I imagine it's a very simple process.

    A cross over cable is going to much cheaper than KVM and I've read some BAD things about the cheaper Belkin KVM systems available on amazon from all the comments slating them on there.

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