New Mac Mini User, Few Questions

rtdgoldfish

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I have been using Mac laptops for the past few years and yesterday bought my first desktop, a 1.42gHz Mac Mini, 512MB RAM, 80gig HD, SuperDrive, AP, BT, wireless keyboard/mouse set. Anyway, just a few questions about some differences in using a Mac desktop vs. iBook. Searched the forums but came up with nothing.

1) How do I make the energy star menu bar thing go away?? It just says no batteries available and I don't want this to be cluttering my menu bar. I looked through the entire System Preferences and cannot find it anywhere.

2) Anyone else ever buy a Apple Wireless Keyboard and get dead batteries in the box?? I had to use my own. Not like its a big deal but after spending all this money, I would have liked them to work. I think I will call Apple tomorrow and ask about this.

3) I also got the DVI to S-video adapter. Is this thing able to use both the outputs that are on it?? I am using the composite now to my TV in the living room but was wondering if I could get the Mini to do dual displays with another TV.

Thanks for the help in advance. BTW, the Mini is a great little machine. Makes me want to get a G5 as well now. Darn you Apple and your kick-a$$ computers!!! I need more money!!!
 

jsw

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rtdgoldfish said:
I have been using Mac laptops for the past few years and yesterday bought my first desktop, a 1.42gHz Mac Mini, 512MB RAM, 80gig HD, SuperDrive, AP, BT, wireless keyboard/mouse set. Anyway, just a few questions about some differences in using a Mac desktop vs. iBook. Searched the forums but came up with nothing.

1) How do I make the energy star menu bar thing go away?? It just says no batteries available and I don't want this to be cluttering my menu bar. I looked through the entire System Preferences and cannot find it anywhere.
Try holding down the ⌘ button, clicking on the menu bar icon, and dragging it off the menu bar - it should poof.

rtdgoldfish said:
2) Anyone else ever buy a Apple Wireless Keyboard and get dead batteries in the box?? I had to use my own. Not like its a big deal but after spending all this money, I would have liked them to work. I think I will call Apple tomorrow and ask about this.
Mine worked fine - and your should have. Good idea to call them.

rtdgoldfish said:
3) I also got the DVI to S-video adapter. Is this thing able to use both the outputs that are on it?? I am using the composite now to my TV in the living room but was wondering if I could get the Mini to do dual displays with another TV.
Never tried that (I have the same or similar adapter for my G5). I suppose it might mirror from both outputs, but I'd suspect you'd get signal degradation due to only having half the signal strength per display (as the adapter doesn't amplify).

rtdgoldfish said:
Thanks for the help in advance. BTW, the Mini is a great little machine. Makes me want to get a G5 as well now. Darn you Apple and your kick-a$$ computers!!! I need more money!!!
Good luck with you future expenditures!
 

jsw

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neoelectronaut said:
3) Nope. One DVI port means one video out.
My (perhaps completely) wrong perception was that rtdgoldfish was asking if he could plug something into both the video out ports on the adapter (it has both S-video and composite outputs, if it's like mine). If this was in fact the question, I'm guessing that there's insufficient signal strength for it to work.

Or is that what you meant?
 

rtdgoldfish

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jsw said:
My (perhaps completely) wrong perception was that rtdgoldfish was asking if he could plug something into both the video out ports on the adapter (it has both S-video and composite outputs, if it's like mine). If this was in fact the question, I'm guessing that there's insufficient signal strength for it to work.

Or is that what you meant?
Yeah, was wondering if both video out ports on the adapter would work. I don't really have any reason to do this.

Then again, with a bunch of splitters, maybe I could make a huge video wall running iTunes visualizations. :cool:
 

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