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Setup Mac mini without monitor

gigatoaster

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Jul 22, 2018
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Hello there

I bought a mini M1 but I don’t have a monitor, neither mouse and keyboard. I can’t borrow some. I have a MacBook Pro. Can I use it to setup the mini? It’s in the box at the moment.
 

Fishrrman

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Feb 20, 2009
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It may be possible.
But I don't see how it could be done without peripherals.

But this begs a question:
WHY would anyone buy a Mini, without the display and peripherals to use same...?
 
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ignatius345

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Aug 20, 2015
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You're gonna need a keyboard, mouse and monitor. I bet you could get minimum viable versions of all three for a total of $50 or free if you get creative.
 
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raccoontail

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Jul 5, 2007
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Go to a Good Will, I got a key board for$3 and I see monitors and mice very cheap also.
Good advice. I picked up a 17" SVGA monitor for $25 which I use in my work setup as an extra display exclusively for email. Anything larger is distracting.
 
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Apple_Robert

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Sep 21, 2012
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In the middle of several books.
I use my Mac mini headless as a server. However, you have to have a keyboard and mouse / trackpad to set it up (preferably wired). Once it is set up, you can use your MacBook Pro / iPad or iPhone to remote into the mini, for the times you need to do some maintenance or retrieve a file etc.
 
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jackoverfull

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Dec 3, 2008
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Berlin, Germany
I setup my Mac mini for server use back in 2005 without having a monitor. Command-F5 to turn voiceover on, then it was quite doable. Eventually I enabled screen sharing and could control the server over the net using a virtual Remote Desktop.
 
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