Can anyone help with this?

This is completely off topic but I thought I'd ask as I know someone will have an answer.

I've got a mac mini that I want to use with my MacBook but without a screen or keyboard, so I want to control the whole thing from my MacBook. First off, is that possible, and how could I do it?

All help gratefully received.

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7 comments:

Anonymous said...

Sure, although you will need screen and keyboard to set it up ;)
You can control your Mac mini via "Screen-Sharing". We've some macminis setup this way, works like a breeze. Don't expect responsive refresh rates, cause all graphic information has to be sent over the (W)LAN.

Anonymous said...

Have a look at TeamViewer (it's free for non-commercial use)

Miguel said...

There's also VNC. Here's some background: http://www.wikihow.com/Setup-VNC-on-Mac-OS-X

Tom said...

Alternatively, just wait for 10.7 Lion, because Lion's going to come with a lot of these feature built in.

http://www.9to5mac.com/54102/10-7-lion-allows-multi-user-remote-computing

Anonymous said...

Snow Leopard already has screen sharing built in. No need to wait for Lion. Screen Sharing is a VNC server. Use Chicken of the VNC to connect to it.

If you had a monitor, you could use Synergy to control both computers as one with a single keyboard/mouse.

robman84 said...

+1 for VNC. There are some great free VNC clients for iOS too, so fantastic for controlling with an iPad or even an iPhone.

HK said...

You'll need a monitor/keyboard/mouse to set it up - enable screensharing on both machines in system preferences.

Then select the Mac Mini in the Sharing section of a finder Window on the MacBook and click on Screen Sharing.

Login with Mac Mini admin user name - sorted.

The previous poster mentioned iOS apps to be able to do this. There are free ones but by far the best one I have found is iTeleport. Simple setup and ability to control across the Internet.

Splashtop is another alternative but allows you to stream audio/video (and hence flash content) directly to an iPad.