Mac mini? Can I use it?

Discussion in 'Mac mini' started by Zytrus, Aug 12, 2009.

  1. Zytrus macrumors newbie

    Aug 12, 2009
    My father won't buy me a macbook or imac in a cuople of years. I have a Compaq Pressario V4000 and want to buy a mac mini. Can i use the laptop as a monitor and keyboard, the mac mini, and still use XP and Leopard? (When using it without the mac mini, I want XP, and when using it with the mac mini i want a normal mac mini with my 120GB, the NVIDIA graphics like if i use other monitor)
  2. GoCubsGo macrumors Nehalem


    Feb 19, 2005
    You can install XP on a mini but you cannot use (to the best of my knowledge) the CPU of your mini and the monitor and keyboard of your Compaq laptop. It is a laptop right? Basically you're talking about the functions of a KVM switch without the KVM.
  3. txnoob macrumors 6502

    Mar 12, 2009
    What you are suggesting is not possible. If money is a factor, then look for a
    used or refurb Mini, then you can get a 19" LCD for about $120 or less, and a keyboard for $10.
  4. rtrt macrumors 6502a

    Jan 19, 2008
    what about running vnc on the laptop and screen sharing on the mini?

    i don't speak from experience - just thought that vnc and screen sharing did what the OP was looking for.

    of course you'd need to have a screen and keyboard to configure the mini in the first place and how you'd go about installing updates etc later i have no idea.
  5. ymmv macrumors newbie

    Oct 23, 2007
    You *can* use vnc on the laptop to connect to the mini... but it'd be a spectacularly bad idea to use this as your primary means of using the mini.

    If it's about money, look on Craigslist or at yard sales for a cheap or free old CRT monitor. Add a generic, $5 USB keyboard and mouse from Micro Center or Fry's. This will run circles around using vnc on the laptop.

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