Macintosh OS/mac mini 1st generation


I run EL CAPITAN on a current mac mini, & Samsung LED MONITOR. I also have a 1st  generation mac mini. It has no HDMI capability. It used analogue monitors.

An Apple guy installed a new drive on the 1st gen mac mini.
I want to use it only to play music files via iTunes.

HOW can I attach it to a  LED monitor ???
or ,should I attempt to attach it to the current mac mini,
perhaps via USB ? THE USB 1st gen may not hook up to a
current USB port ? HUH ?

I want to utilize the new drive on the old mac mini, if possible.
Any clues for this mystery ?

You mean the G4 Mac Mini, not an Intel?

Display Support:   Single Display   Resolution Support:   1920x1200
Details:   The DVI video output supports digital resolutions up to 1920x1200. Apple also reports that it supports the "20-inch Apple Cinema display and 23-inch Apple Cinema HD display; supports coherent digital displays up to 154MHz; supports non-coherent digital displays up to 135MHz." VGA output (using the provided adapter) supports analog resolutions as high as 1920x1080. S-Video and composite video (to connect to a projector or TV) requires the Apple DVI to Video adapter (sold separately).

A DVI to HDMI adapters are available, and several would probably work.
One of my external monitors (Dell) has a DVI, VGA, and S Video ports. Three computers can be connected and switched to from a button on monitor.

A KVM switch (with KVM being an abbreviation for "keyboard, video and mouse") is a hardware device that allows a user to control multiple computers from one or more sets of keyboards, video monitors, and mice.  A simple Google will give a selection.

OSX Screen Sharing has been available for years, usually done over a network with ethernet, sometimes wireless. In System Preferences.

Old mini is USB2, new is USB3. A connection could work, but the slowest speed is how it works, USB2 is dog slow.

Target Mode is also a long time function, done over Firewire, Firewire to Thunderbolt, and Thunderbolt.
Google "OSX Target Mode"

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Your professional synopsis is an excellent but overwhelming essay for a
person like me. I think it is too difficult for me to absorb all these
details. Unfortunately, I am a simple, plain USER.

I will ask a new question, at my own slow pace.

Can my current mac mini, INTEL version, attach to the
1st gen mini ? I want to employ the 1st gen mini as a music player only
I don't know how to see it. I bought some dvi CABLE thing, the
LED monitor, Samsung, fl;bickered and flickered, unbearable !
However, it doesn't flicker with the INTEL mini.
Apple staff at the store said my old mini is simply
incompetent, probably intermittent.
I was screwed, regarding my goals here. Through I installed a brand new hard drive, that did not improve or modify the mini's video
output behaviour.

So, though I have a new drive, I suspect I cannot use it, cuz I can't see it.
That's  my current perception. My brain is movin slow ont his, but I am trying to get the picture. Your patience is appreciated. I am 70 yrs old, and this tech detail is especially challenging, new and , YIKES !
I like trying to learn this stuff.

All the Mac Minis had | have DVI output.
If your Mini graphics card is defective, you can not use a cable.
BUT if the setting for the Display (System Preferences under Apple Menu) is set to a speed that is wrong for the monitor it will flicker.
IF APPLE Techs said it has graphics problems, I do not understand why a new hard drive was installed.

A video screen has a speed range that it operates at.
Old computers have choices that the video is sent at.  [Display Preference in System Preferences under APPLE Menu]
New monitors often have higher speed requirements than old computers can send at.
The video info about the first generation Mini I included above specifies what the video limits are
""supports coherent digital displays up to 154MHz;""
An old used monitor may work.

IF all you want to do is access the hard drive, the most sure way to do it is
1] remove the hard drive and put it into an external drive case.
2] forget the drive and buy an external hard drive

The OLD mini has a Firewire 400 port
The New Mine has a Thunderbolt port

You buy a Thunderbolt | Firewire 800 adapter (Apple $30)
You buy a Firewire 400 to 800 cable ($8)

You plug the Thunderbolt | Firewire adapter into the NEW Mini
You plug the Firewire cable into the adapter on the NEW Mini
You plug the other end of the Firewire cable into the OLD Mini
You Start the OLD Mini with the " T " key down (t as in Tom)
The hard drive in the OLD Mini will appear on the NEW Mini
This is called Target Mode and has been in Macs for two decades

These video demonstrate Target Mode  

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David Anders


Seattle - The Computer Guy - 15 yr veteran Mac/PC/network problem solving. Clients are design firms, artists, freelancers and photographers. PLEASE PLEASE provide EXACT info for Mac Model and OS Version. RAM installed - added cards - external devices - recent changes. Do you do MONTHLY MAINTENANCE? With what Utility? What you have tried and what result do you want.


First computer experience 1969. Worked in 3 computer stores. Setup First Mac and First IBM-PC.

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