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custom mini Level 2 Level 2 (330 points)
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Feb 7, 2013 4:35 PM

I am toying with the idea of buying a new Mac Mini just the basic i5 one, I will then upgrade the Ram and put in an SDD as it will be a lot cheaper for me to do it than ask Apple.

 

So my questions are :

 

I have the older white keyed wireless keyboard (the type used on early Intel Macs) and mighty mouse, I assume these will still work with the Mini ?  If not I still have the wired versions of both mouse and keyboard will these work ??

 

And I have just got the following blu ray R/W :

 

http://www.samsung.com/sg/consumer/pc-peripherals-printer/optical-disc-drive/sli m-dvd-writer/SE-506AB/TSBD

 

I know the Mac does not natively support blu ray but will this drive work ? And what software would be needed to play back blu ray films ?

 

One last question does OS X.8.# still support the Griffin Technology FireWave as I still have one ??

 

Thanks................

 

Custom mini.

  • Dave Stowe Level 5 Level 5 (5,065 points)
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    Feb 7, 2013 4:56 PM (in response to custom mini)

    The Firewave will not work under 10.8....I have one....I use one of these now..

    http://www.amazon.com/Diamond-External-Xtreme-7-1-Channel-Device/dp/B0046B9O9W

     

    If you are speaking of the Bluetooth version of the Apple keyboard......yes....I have one....and yes the wired version works also.....

     

    I use the Magic Trackpad and not the MightyMouse.....all special gestures work properly....I would expect the MM would be the same......

     

    As to the blu ray business I do not know....

     

    .....remember if you install your SSD and mess something up the warranty is gone.....

  • woodmeister50 Level 4 Level 4 (3,690 points)
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    Feb 13, 2013 2:50 AM (in response to custom mini)

    custom mini wrote:

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    And I have just got the following blu ray R/W :

     

    http://www.samsung.com/sg/consumer/pc-peripherals-printer/optical-disc-drive/sli m-dvd-writer/SE-506AB/TSBD

     

    I know the Mac does not natively support blu ray but will this drive work ? And what software would be needed to play back blu ray films ?

     

    ......

    Currently there are to ways to playback commercial BluRay

    disks.  Natively there is the MacGo software (and its clones)

    which will playback the movie content but not the complete

    BluRay "experience".  The other would be to create a dual

    boot system with Bootcamp and install Windows and use

    one of the players available for it which does provide a full

    BluRay "experience".

     

    The other issue with native BluRay playback on OSX, be

    it commercial or homemade disks, is some quirkyness

    with read speeds with different drives.  For whatever reason,

    some BluRay drives will only read at speeds not much faster

    than DVDs while others will, even though both would work

    on a Windows machine.  I believe MacGo site has some

    BD players that will work with their software.

  • VikingOSX Level 5 Level 5 (4,700 points)
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    Feb 13, 2013 3:49 PM (in response to custom mini)

    The MacGo Blu-Ray Player is updated frequently. DVD play back appears sharper than from latest VLC or QuickTime. Selecting the movie will auto-play it. Presently, the unpaid version does not place any advertising artifact on DVD playback, but does on Blu-Ray content.

     

    I have the Samsung SH-B123L (firmware SB03) Blu-Ray/DVD DL external USB device plugged into a 2011 Mac mini running Mountain Lion. Fast, flawless, and OS X DVD Player likes it too. Specs. Google.

     

    And no drivers needed.

  • woodmeister50 Level 4 Level 4 (3,690 points)
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    Feb 14, 2013 3:10 AM (in response to custom mini)

    ....looks like I'll hold off for now and see if Apple add Blu Ray support to the next version of OSX ?

     

    The odds of that happenning are about equal to you being

    hit by lightning.  The trend at Apple is to move away from

    physical hard media as evidenced by the dropping of DVD

    drives in their computers.  Based on that, don't expect anything

    to happen on the BluRay front!

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