Mac Mini Dual screen ?

Discussion in 'Mac mini' started by m4443, Jan 10, 2013.

  1. macrumors newbie

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    Hi,

    Just wondered if any one could help, I brought a mac mini in november and I now want to run dual screens from it. At the moment for the main screen I am using a thunderbolt to VGA adapter and brought a HDMI to VGA adapter for the second screen , but when I plug the second screen in the main screen just flashes blue and nothing appears on the second one :/

    Does any one have any advice on whats wrong or what I could buy to have two VGA monitors from the mac mini?

    (the mac mini has no built in VGA ports)
    Thanks in advance
     
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    FreakinEurekan

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    Do you have DVI port on one of the monitors? I don't think you can run two VGA monitors from a 2011 or 2012 Mac Mini; the monitor driven from the HDMI port must be digital (HDMI directly, or DVI via adapter)

    Edit: I'm sure it CAN be done via a digital-to-analog converter, but if you have a DVI port on the monitor it will work better & cheaper
     
  3. thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Hi, thanks for the reply , It dose have a DVI port , what do I need to conect it VIA this?
     
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    FreakinEurekan

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    The Mac should have come with an HDMI-DVI adapter, looks like the attached. You'll need a DVI to DVI cable.
     

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  5. thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Will this one work?

    http://i.ebayimg.com/t/1-8m-HDMI-to-DVI-Cable-for-HDTV-PC-Monitor-LCD-For-Home-Office-/00/s/NjAwWDYwMA==/$(KGrHqFHJFYE88fNK5M3BPS0I8ZQhQ~~60_12.JPG
     
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    FreakinEurekan

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    Yes, that type of cable would work & would not require the adapter.
     
  7. thread starter macrumors newbie

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    ok thanks for your help
     
  8. benwiggy, Jan 10, 2013
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    VGA is an ancient analog technology from the 1980s, and if your monitor was built in the last ten years or more, it will probably have a DVI connection, and you should use this in preference. I doubt you could buy a VGA monitor today.

    You should expect a MacMini to have a VGA port about as much as it should have an RS-232 or serial printer port! :p

    Most people with two monitors use the bundled HDMI to DVI adaptor with one monitor, and a MiniDisplayPort to DVI adaptor for the other monitor. This goes in the Thunderbolt port.
     
  9. macrumors 6502

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    Monitors with VGA ports are still readily available, especially on entry level ones. Id imagine that is why a thunderbolt to VGA adapter is still available.

    But I do agree that a dvi or hdmi connection should be used whenever possible.
     

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