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    Sunshine
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    Question Compatible PC peripherals?
    Hi folks,

    thinking of buying a G5, currently have PC.

    Is there a list of what PC peripherals (monitor, tablet/mouse, printer, scanner) that are or are not compatible with a G5?

    cheers,
    Sunshine

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    Just about any peripheral you plug into the mac will work. But if you find one that does not work, just go to the manufacturer's website and see if they got any software of drivers for the mac. Even my old Microsoft mouse works great with my mac.

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    There are far, far too many of both working and non-working peripherals to list.

    Perhipherals with a serial port, PS/2 port, or parallel port will require an adaptor, or might not work at all.

    Any monitor will work, so long as it supports a resolution that the Mac's video card also supports.

    Mice and keyboards will work, but extra buttons (jump-to buttons, volume buttons, etc. on keyboards, or buttons beyond the usual two+wheel on a mouse) may require drivers, which may or may not be available depending on the manufacturer.

    All PostScript printers will work. Inkjet and non-postscript printers will require a driver. Some will work without an official driver, but some features might be lost. Check the manufacturer's website, or http://www.apple.com/macosx/upgrade/printers.html Epson recently decided that their cheapest printers would be Windows-only, but the more expensive models would support the Mac. Go figure.

    TWAIN scanners will work, and almost every scanner has a Mac driver. Ditto with digital cameras.

    Many cell phones and PDAs are supported through iSync. (http://www.apple.com/isync/devices.html) Other devices might require a third-party driver such as PocketMac (http://www.pocketmac.net/) or Missing Sync (http://www.markspace.com/products.html)

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    Sunshine
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    thanks!

    all my peripherals (printer & scanner (HP); tablet (Wacom); card-reader (?)) are USB, and the monitor is a Benq LCD - I guess I'll just hunt the manufacturer's websites then to double check.

    my canon 10D has a Mac compatibility so that's ok.

    If i plug in the card reader (generic 6in1 USB) do those work ok on Macs? (it came with no drivers or anything)?

    cheers.

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    It's most definite that your card reader will work just fine, even without drivers.

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