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PostPosted: Mon May 16, 2005 9:49 am    Post subject: old iMac Reply with quote

I have one of the first iMacs, without firewire, without USB 2. Can I use it for a monitor for a mini, and have the computers networked? Would I connect them with the ethernet connection, or would I need some kind of external swich?
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PostPosted: Mon May 16, 2005 11:47 am    Post subject: Re: old iMac Reply with quote

Shoepdx wrote:
I have one of the first iMacs, without firewire, without USB 2. Can I use it for a monitor for a mini, and have the computers networked? Would I connect them with the ethernet connection, or would I need some kind of external swich?


The short answer is No! Not unless you are really good with a soldering iron!

Without Firewire the only way you can connect them is thru an ethernet connection. Then you would need a monitor for the Mini to get it set up for file sharing and to be able mount the hard drives on the desktop of the iMac. But you would be limited to the speed and ablility of the old iMac and the older classic Mac OS. It would be a lot easer and better to go buy an old Monitor at a thrift store or from a computer store that sells refurb'd Monitors, I picked up a 17" Dell flat Trinitron CRT for $40 at Play it again PC ( http://wwwpiapc.com ) their store is right down the street from me and the monitor works fine.
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