[thelist] Mac simulation on PC / site check please - Mac user's

Peter Loron peterl at standingwave.org
Tue Apr 2 12:05:01 CST 2002

Macs these days use USB peripherals only. They work fine with a USB KVM
switch. Before that, they used ADB (Apple Desktop Bus) keyboards and
mice. They used a similar looking connector, but the protocol is way
different. You can't use serial PC keyboards and mice on older Macs.

If you're seriously space constrianed, get a iBook and upgrade your
existing keyboard and mouse to USB. They current iBooks (given > 256MB
ram) will run OS X quite nicely.


Hassan Schroeder wrote:
>>>Can I use PC peripherals (keyboard,mouse,monitor) with a KVM switch,
>>>or do I need the whole Mac-native enchilada?
>>Should be able to if they're USB. However, your best bet is probably
>>going to be an old-style iMac which comes with all dat stuff built in
> If I had horizontal space for one, yeah -- but it would be a lot
> easier to stuff a short tower somewhere, if it'd use my existing
> (but non-USB) KVM setup ...
> Do tower Macs have mini-DIN mouse/keyboard connectors? 15-pin VGA
> video out? Are there any on-line resources on Mac configurations
> that address the needs of the truly ignorant? :-)
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