New iMac. What can i do with that old PC

Discussion in 'General Mac Discussion' started by beatle888, Nov 20, 2004.

  1. beatle888 macrumors 68000


    Feb 3, 2002
    Hello everyone.

    we have a new iMac that replaced the old PC. We really didnt know anything about PCs and had a hard time just keeping the scanner running.

    Now that we have the iMac everything including the scanner is running fine. I wanted to just transfer all data from the PC to the Mac and ditch the PC but my girlfriend wants to keep the PC as it is and just access it with the iMac.

    We have tones of music on the PC i figured maybe using the PC as our music jukebox and control it from the iMac? Can i set up iTunes to see the PC on the network as the volume to store and play music from? Also, what else can we do with that old PC, any suggestions? I was thinking about running the PC headless so we can just sort of forget about it...but i dont think that will work....UNLESS i run VNC to control the PC then i can reboot if needed from the iMac VNC client right?

    thanks for the help.

    windows XP

    OS X
    G5 1.8 Ghz
  2. x86isslow macrumors 6502a

    Aug 10, 2003
    I think putting both the computers on a network would be easier than using VNC. If both computers are on the same network and have iTunes, just go into the settings on your PC and turn on 'Share Library' and on your iMac, turn on look for shared libraries.
  3. beatle888 thread starter macrumors 68000


    Feb 3, 2002
    cool that sounds easy as far as sharing iTunes.

    but i wanted to run VNC in order to run the PC headless. that way we dont have to deal with that big ugly monitor and we can hide the PC :D

    would it be a bad idea to run the PC headless? and if so what would be the best way to do it.
  4. duja_snooze macrumors newbie

    Sep 29, 2004
    if you had so many problems runing the pc before why don't you just ditch it now that you've got the chance??? sounds like you're causing yourself a hell of a lot of hassle for no gain.
  5. chamberlain macrumors newbie

    May 4, 2003
    Windows Remote Desktop client

    get the free MS remote desktop client for your imac. you will have full control over your XP pro box, with absolutely no need for a monitor. put the ugly thing in a closet or something.

    CLICK: MS RDC page

    other than that you could install linux on it, and turn it into a web / file / media server.that involves a little more work though.
  6. Josh macrumors 68000


    Mar 4, 2004
    State College, PA
    Im in a similiar situation, and this is an idea I recommend, as it's what I plan to do:

    -If your PC has a good HD (20gb or higher), alot of ram, or nice vid card, take it all out and sell them on eBay.

    -Install smaller items (2-10gb HD, 128mb RAM, 32mb graphics, etc) that you can find on eBay really cheap.

    -Download linux (any flavor will do, but Mandrake is the easiest ;))

    -Install linux on the PC. Network it with the iMAc.

    -Use the Linux box as an internet gateway/firewall/file server for your iMac.

    -Take the left over money you made in prophit on eBay and order a pizza, then sit and basque in the glory of your new set up.
  7. timnosenzo macrumors 6502a


    Jun 21, 2004
    ct, us
    I have a headless PC I use at work for the few things I can't do with my Mac. I use Microsoft's free Remote Desktop software, and it works fine (well, as good as a PC can work). :D
  8. beatle888 thread starter macrumors 68000


    Feb 3, 2002

    its called a girlfriend. :D as stated in the original post...she wants to keep the beast.
  9. Sun Baked macrumors G5

    Sun Baked

    May 19, 2002

    I don't understand why you're refered to as a beast. ;)

    But maybe she likes you.
  10. cluthz macrumors 68040


    Jun 15, 2004

    I'd agree. RDC is working very well.. (ouch, I said that a m$ app was good..)
  11. beatle888 thread starter macrumors 68000


    Feb 3, 2002
    Well thank you all for the humor and advice. I tried RDC and that was such a simple solution. Is that the same as VNC? Would VNC offer better performance? The RDC is a little slow and the system fonts seem a little weird...but it think it works great. However i would be willing to learn how to use the VNC if its better.

    Also, what about protecting our network. If we enable file sharing over a network for the PC is its security being compromised? We have a wireless router from verizon but it didnt come with any software to control security features that the modem/router might have.
  12. atomiton macrumors regular

    Sep 23, 2004
    RDC will probably work better... at least from PC to PC it does. most IT shops control their servers exclusively with RDC. VNC is sucky. RDC is built-in... very maccish that way actually.
  13. CanadaRAM macrumors G5


    Oct 11, 2004
    On the Left Coast - Victoria BC Canada
    New iMac. What can i do with that old PC

    When you setup a Windows based file server, you are signing up for a lifetime course in Microsoft patches and security manouevers. S'ok if you don't mind the research and diligence.

    Your wireless router will provide Network Address Translation at the least, which is the first babystep toward security - it gives your "inside" machines a different address than it presents to the "outside" Internet. Ask your ISP to point you to a web site with the instructions for configuring the router, typically it doesn't require special software. Most routers are configured by using your Web browser to log into a Web interface at the router's internal address (the address you see in your TCP/IP "Gateway" or "Router" field). The router will have a default user and password -- this is the first thing you need to change (because these defaults are well known to hackers). Write down your new settings. Then there will be an array of features to customize access and to open or close specific ports on the router, whether they will pass connections through to your machine(s) or not.

    I like the idea of redoing the PC as a Linux machine for use as a fileserver / network backup drive, although that would not satisfy the requirement for occasional use as a Windows software platform. Setting it up as a *NIX firewall would largely duplicate the function you have in your router already.

    The amount you would receive for a parting out the used hard drive and RAM would not pay you for the time and effort of re-jigging the machine, unless you have a pile of spares in your closet already. A high end video card would be the exception to this rule, as they would have some resale value.

  14. beatle888 thread starter macrumors 68000


    Feb 3, 2002
    thanks trevor.

    i'll call verizon and see what they have to say about reconfiguring the router as far as password and all.

    thanks again.

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