Any way to drive 30" screen with Mac Mini?

Discussion in 'Macintosh Computers' started by finchna, Jun 18, 2005.

  1. finchna macrumors regular

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    I've heard it suggested that the Mac Mini might be used as a digital media center. However, I can't figure out how it would drive the 30" monitor--which, to me, is about the smallest size to put into such a home system. Any ideas or alternatives?
     
  2. mad jew Moderator emeritus

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    The 30 inch screen is a much higher resolution than televisions so when people say they'd use it for a media centre, they mean with a lower resolution but ultimately larger screen which is less trying on the mini's tiny GPU.

    Sorry, but unless you plug a PowerBook or Power mac into the mini, it ain't gonna happen. :(
     
  3. spinne1 macrumors 6502a

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    Digital media center as in jukebox, and perhaps a video server IF you used a Firewire video interface (which I don't even know if they have).

    But 30" on the mini. Nope.
     
  4. homerjward macrumors 68030

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    *if* you really need to run a 30" acd with a mac mini you can do it at 1280x800 which will look fine but it'd be best just not to. $500 computer+$3k display=what's the point
     
  5. SpaceMagic macrumors 68000

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    I have to agree. There are cheaper LCD TVs with integrated tuners. With the Mac Mini you're going to have:

    $500 mac mini
    $3k 30" Apple Cinema Display, which wont even be able to run at full res
    $300 on an EyeTV to watch TV

    The costs will mount up. I even doubt that the next mac mini will run the 30"... we'll just have to wait and see.
     
  6. Jo-Kun macrumors 6502a

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    If you want to spend some $$$ anyway... buy a decent HD Plasms screen like 42" the res is lower than the 30"... but its very good for computer use & tv use... any 'normal' plasma screen will be **** because you need higer res to be able to use the computer functionallity from the Mac mini

    a lot of those HD TV screens have DVI or HDMI input so or direct or with an adaptor you can plug the Mac mini into it & make it work...
     
  7. Abstract macrumors Penryn

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    I don't see why people think they can use a cheap ass computer like the Mini to do so much.

    Its like people who whine about not having this feature or that feature in the Mini......well, you just paid $500 for a computer that kicks ass.

    And if you want to run a 30" Apple Cinema Display, you're dreaming. You can run a tv though. If that is what you're after, then great. However, I think people have only been dreaming up different ways of using the Mini (ie: put it in the car, beside the tv, etc) while its not really a specialty product. Its main role is still as a general Apple computer.
     

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