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Old Nov 16, 2012, 12:23 PM   #1
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Should I buy or wait?

I was all set to order a new Mac mini, which I planned to use with my Phillips tv via hdmi, but now I am reading about black screen and snow problems. It seems pretty much guaranteed that I won't be able to use hdmi to hdmi, correct?

Also, I don't live anywhere near an apple store, so if it is doesn't work, it doesn't seem like there are any solutions from apple other than returning correct?

Any advice would be appreciated!
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Old Nov 16, 2012, 12:35 PM   #2
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At a starting price of $599,why would anyone buy or keep this flawed product?

I'm waiting.
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Old Nov 16, 2012, 12:58 PM   #3
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At a starting price of $599,why would anyone buy or keep this flawed product?

I'm waiting.
I have purchased two. Neither exhibit flaws. I can't imagine it's a consistent defect.
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Old Nov 16, 2012, 01:33 PM   #4
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I have purchased two. Neither exhibit flaws. I can't imagine it's a consistent defect.
And u use yours connected via hdmi port? I just want be sure I make the best decision. The mini will be for home in my living room where I have no office and no alternate monitor hence connected to TV. I suppose I could go thunderbolt to hdmi but like the first reply, it's a lot of money if not everything works perfect...
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Old Nov 16, 2012, 02:08 PM   #5
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It took ten or eleven days of fairly solid use for my Mini to show the problems, I suspect many people who think they haven't got the issue, just haven't seen it yet. I could be wrong - and for all of you in this category, I sincerely hope that I am - but it is a strong suspicion.

The OP states that she lives a long way from an Apple Store, Apple have not acknowledged the issue even exists, yet it's clear from looking on here and the Apple Support Communities that a significant number of buyers have had the issue. I've had it myself. Therefore, I would say that there's a good chance that she will be affected if she buys.

The poll in this forum speaks for itself on the HDMI issues. No-one seems to agree on whether it's a hardware problem or a software issue or whether it affects every machine but it's clear that a significant number of people are encountering problems with their HDMI outputs. Can it be fixed? Hopefully, but I would not want to gamble my hard-earned cash on it.

I'm returning mine and will wait and watch to see what happens before I consider buying again.
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Old Nov 16, 2012, 02:15 PM   #6
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The poll in this forum speaks for itself on the HDMI issues.

Actually, no it doesn't. The poll is missing 99.9% of people who have purchased the new Mac Mini and the method used is not probabilistic. That means it can easily be misleading.
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Old Nov 16, 2012, 12:36 PM   #7
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From an HDMI to HDMI guy who has to drive an hour and a half to my nearest Apple store, tonight, to return my Mini I would say wait and see if Apple release a fix.

So many people are having issues that I would not recommend anyone to buy the new Mini if they're going to use the onboard HDMI port, even if it's with an adapter. There is clearly a major issue with it (debate is raging as to its cause) but until Apple acknowledge it and a fix is forthcoming, no-one knows for sure what's going to happen, so I would say, don't buy it yet...
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Old Nov 16, 2012, 12:45 PM   #8
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If you don't need it wait for a fix. If you need it then go for it and get a Thunderbolt to HDMI adapter. No black screen issues.
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Old Nov 16, 2012, 12:54 PM   #9
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My new Mac mini server is fine and I'm using just a HDMI lead connected to a 46" Samsung HDTV. I have no screen issues.
Remember apple have probably sold thousands of these units worldwide by now - the issues you read on the Internet are mainly from customers having issues and seeking advice. You rarely here from those whose systems are working fine. I would estimate the % of affected units is realistically very low anyway.
As I said, I've not experienced any issues whatsoever.
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