Mac Mini - what options without a new keyboard?

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

  1. pkiula macrumors member

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    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
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    Knoodles macrumors 6502

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    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

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    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

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    this ^
     
  5. snberk103 macrumors 603

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    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

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    Borrow a keyboard. Or get a cheap $5 usb keyboard.
     
  7. the vj macrumors 6502a

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

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    ^ 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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