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IMick on Mac Mini

Hi,
On my Mac Mini, I have connected iMic and then to it, a mike that connects to Audio In. iMic is not able to send audio to IMs like Yahoo or Skype.

Does iMic work with Mac Mini?

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Kiran
Kiran.Prathapa@gmail.com

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Yes, it does work for the mini (I have the same). Drivers seem to be built into the system, so you don't need to download anything with OS X 3.9 or later. Make sure your switch on iMic is switched AWAY from the mike input plug, and you may try plugging your iMic directly into your MacMini (or through a powered 2.0 hub).

Good luck.

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