Mac Mini: DVI-I or DVI-D?

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by mikes63737, Dec 18, 2005.

  1. mikes63737 macrumors 65816

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    I'm thinking of buying a new monitor for my Mac mini. Which type of DVI does the mini support? DVI-I or DVI-D?

    Thanks!
    Mike
     
  2. iMeowbot macrumors G3

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    Integrated. It includes a little VGA adapter too.
     
  3. devman macrumors 65816

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    dvi-i

    edit: overlapped reply. imeowbot said it first.
     
  4. CanadaRAM macrumors G5

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    But -- if the monitor has a DVI input, the flavour of DVI on the Mini is immaterial.

    DVI-I is simply DVI-D plus extra pins that carry the analog VGA signal. A monitor with a DVI port is only interested in the DVI-D component. An analpg (VGA) monitor will need the analog signal from the DVI-I port adapted to a 15-pin VGA jack (which adaptor is included in the Mini as noted earlier.)

    Choose a monitor with DVI -- the screen is noticeably sharper with a digital interface.
     
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  6. Reeditandweep macrumors newbie

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    Mac Mini a1176 DVI monitor problem

    Just been given a mini A1176 (2006?) 2GB RAM, 500GB 1.66Ghz and purchased a ViewSonic VX2370SMH-LED monitor to use with it.

    The monitor works fine with an old VGA cale into the Mac VGA/DVI adaptor but gets "no signal" when i use a DVI- DVI cable from the monitor direct into the Mac.

    Any suggestions?
     
  7. barkmonster macrumors 68020

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    I can confirm that a DVI-I adapter won't carry a signal via a DVI to VGA cable because the port only carries a DVI-D signal. You need a displayport to VGA for a VGA and a displayport to DVI-I/DVI-D for DVI.

    I have a mini-DVI to DVI-I lying dormant for just this reason having had to buy a mini-DVI to VGA adapter to use with my VGA display, assuming it would carry both a VGA and digital signal from the Mac Mini. It never will.
     
  8. Umbongo macrumors 601

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    It may not auto-sense the connection, should be a button to change it on the display.
     

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