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    Apple Mac Mini Desktop - MA205LL/A
    new to me.
    i got a friend who is shipping me a Apple Mac Mini Desktop - MA205LL/A
    that he says works but he erase the hard drive and doesn't have org. discs for it. He said he was running os 10.4. My question is what do i need to buy has far has a os to install on machine. And is there any kind of instructions on how to go about installing the os on a mac. I'm not a mac person it will be my first. I know pc and install os on them but lose on mac.
    thanks
    allen

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    You will need a specific model disc to install on the Mac Mini. The Mac Mini that a friend sold to me , gave me the original Mac OS 9 Installation Disc which was a grey disc but was specific for my Mac Mini G4 PowerPC. You need to find out if he was running Mac OS 9 before he updated to 10.4?

    I'm sorry I could be wrong here. Unless you can tell me what your Mac Mini is?

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    Quote Originally Posted by auctioneeral View Post
    new to me.
    i got a friend who is shipping me a Apple Mac Mini Desktop - MA205LL/A
    that he says works but he erase the hard drive and doesn't have org. discs for it. He said he was running os 10.4. My question is what do i need to buy has far has a os to install on machine. And is there any kind of instructions on how to go about installing the os on a mac. I'm not a mac person it will be my first. I know pc and install os on them but lose on mac.
    thanks
    allen
    This is what you need, $29 direct from Apple, Snow Leopard OS X 10.6
    Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard - Apple Store (U.S.)

    EDIT: Here are the installation instructions (you will have a hard copy in the box with your OS Disk)
    http://manuals.info.apple.com/en_US/...structions.pdf
    I've always wanted to be smart, handsome and modest. But, I guess I'll have to be satisfied with two out of three . . .

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    thanks razormac. will order os today from apple.
    Now some more questions.
    keyboard and mouse will have to be a apple product correct. i cann't use a keyboard and mouse from a pc correct. Also will i need that dvi to vga adapter to connect my monitor to it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by auctioneeral View Post
    thanks razormac. will order os today from apple.
    Now some more questions.
    keyboard and mouse will have to be a apple product correct. i cann't use a keyboard and mouse from a pc correct. Also will i need that dvi to vga adapter to connect my monitor to it.
    You can use basically any USB or Wireless (may need a Dongle for some) Keyboard or Mouse. Obviously, with a PC Keyboard you won't have the Mac specific keys.

    In my opinion it is hard to beat the Apple Wireless Keyboard and Magic TrackPad combination, but it is a bit pricey.
    I started with (I believe Logitech Mac Keyboard) and switched early this year and I am sorry I waited, but preferences vary.

    As far as Video, I have a newer Mini and haven't used an older one, but yes, I believe you will need an adapter to go from DVI to VGA.
    I've always wanted to be smart, handsome and modest. But, I guess I'll have to be satisfied with two out of three . . .

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