Mac Mini - what options without a new keyboard?

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by pkiula, Dec 30, 2010.

  1. pkiula macrumors member

    Mar 29, 2008
    Silly newbie question maybe. My neighbor has bought a Mac Mini today to imitate my setup in the living room (macmini connected to the LCD TV).

    Sadly, he forgot to buy a keyboard with it. He does have a mouse.

    Now, he tells me that to startup the new macmini he needs a keyboard!

    Is it completely impossible to setup a mac mini without a keyboard? Can't some of the main things be done with a mouse only? Or, can we connect his macbook pro in some way and work with that as a keyboard for now?

    Thanks for any tips. I suppose my question may be a bit optimistic or hopeful :p
  2. Knoodles, Dec 30, 2010
    Last edited: Dec 30, 2010

    Knoodles macrumors 6502


    Feb 2, 2003
    Gone to the Beach
    Loan him your keyboard? Or any USB keyboard will work. Does not have to be an Apple keyboard.
    You need a keyboard for obvious reasons. Filling in registration info, setting up an account, entering password etc.
  3. Rizvi1 macrumors 6502a

    Mar 29, 2006
    Laurel, MD (Baltimore, MD / Washington, DC area)
    Anyone have any suggestions for a good keyboard for a mac mini? Seems easier just to have an apply keyboard for some of the mac specific functions. Plus, it's for my parents whose keyboard just died so I don't want to make anything confusing for them
  4. maril1111 macrumors 68000


    Mar 14, 2010
    this ^
  5. snberk103 macrumors 603

    Oct 22, 2007
    An Island in the Salish Sea
    Go to a place that sells used computer stuff, and get one of the older plastic Apple keyboards. They aren't 'current' so should be a good price. But any USB keyboard will work. You might want to remap any Windows keys and paint/felt-marker the Apple specific stuff.
  6. Consultant macrumors G5


    Jun 27, 2007
    Borrow a keyboard. Or get a cheap $5 usb keyboard.
  7. the vj macrumors 6502a

    Nov 23, 2006
    Does someone has to log into the internet to figure out issues likes this?
  8. Rizvi1 macrumors 6502a

    Mar 29, 2006
    Laurel, MD (Baltimore, MD / Washington, DC area)
    ^ thanks for the heads up. I sort of did something like this with their current keyboard which was a bluetooth keyboard - but the older one with the numbers key too. The keyboard is working again, not sure what the issue was. However, I've been wanting to replace it for a while because the right and down cursor keys don't work

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