mac mini accessories: webcam, external burners and KVM switches

Discussion in 'Mac mini' started by evillageprowler, Jan 1, 2008.

  1. evillageprowler macrumors regular

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    Apologies if this has been asked too often before, or if this question is too basic as to seem silly...

    I'm contemplating buying a Mac in the near future. Since I already have tons of PC stuff lying around the house, it makes sense for me to consider a Mini. I was wondering if most PC-compatible USB 2.0 webcams will simply work on the Mini, and if most PC-compatible external DVD burners will also simply work.

    Also, does anyone know if the Mini will behave properly if I share a common KVM with a PC via a KVM switch?

    TIA,

    EVP
     
  2. evillageprowler thread starter macrumors regular

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    I guess my question was too basic for this forum... ;)

    Anyway, I checked at some of the major online sellers of accessories for Macs and I found some usb webcams and dvd burners that should work just fine.

    As for KVM switches, well, I guess I'll be a bit avant-garde on this issue.

    EVP
     
  3. dazed macrumors 6502a

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    i dont know about cams or burners but i've been using the Belkin Flip (usb with audio) for my xp box and mac mini for about 3 months now with very few issues.

    http://www.belkin.com/flip/
     
  4. Cybix macrumors 6502a

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    You can use pretty much any external hard disk / dvd/cd burner, and any KVM switch (if you have the required adapters to convert the DVI to VGA)

    webcams are a different story, although I could be wrong. There's maybe a handful of cams that will work without too much effort. Have a look around!
     
  5. Decrepit macrumors 65816

    Decrepit

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    My experience

    Hi there,

    I have a Mac Mini 1.42 PPC.

    It's attached to a KVM that I use with a PC workstation.

    The KVM is the 4 port DVI model from IOGear, and I'm using it to display to a 24" Samsung LCD.

    I use a Logitech webcam, the QuickCam Ultravision SE with Skype on the Mini.

    I'm using a Logitech Elite USB keyboard and an MX Revolution Cordless mouse through the KVM as well.

    I built an external DVD burner out of a generic USB shell and a Plextor DVD writer, and use it with my Mac with no issues.


    So far, I've done a lot of what you did, and it's all worked great. I had more problems with the KVM and my PC than I did with the Mac.
     

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