Mac Mini - i7 with 3 monitor display

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  1. Silicastorm, Dec 31, 2012
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    macrumors newbie

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    Just purchased the (October 2012) Mac Mini - i7 2.3 and the Thunderbolt 27" Display

    I currently have a pair of Samsung -Syncmaster P2250 and want to set up to use all 3 monitors.

    Has anyone set up two displays on either side of a Thunderbolt Display?

    What is the best way to connect the Samsung monitors both with Dual DVI-D ?
     
  2. macrumors 6502

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    One of the Samsungs can use the included adapter running out of the hdmi port. For the other one you can either get a USB to DVI adapter or get a Displayport to DVI adapter and try to daisy chain it to the back of the ATD.
     
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    As far as I know you can not connect a display port monitor after the ATD. In order to connect a Display port monitor off the Thunderbolt port of the ATD you would need an intermediate Thunderbolt device with 2 ports. As can be seen in this article: http://www.macworld.com/article/1163677/how_to_connect_to_thunderbolt.html

    The easiest way to have 3 monitors is to connect 2 ATD and 1 HDMI Monitor
     
  4. thread starter macrumors newbie

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    3 Monitor setup iMac i7

    Ok thanks guys,

    If my newbie brain is understanding???

    Purchasing a LaCie LBD would enable setup of 3 monitors?

    ATD and 2 Samsung would then require which adapters?
     
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    Judging from what I have read, you would need the Thunderbolt Display hooked into the Thunderbolt port on the Mini. Then the Little Big Disk (you would need to buy a Thunderbolt cable) would hook into the Thunderbolt port on the Thunderbolt Display. Then, you would need a DVI - Mini DP adapter to hook one of the Samsung displays into the second Thunderbolt port on the Little Big Disk. Finally, the included DVI - HDMI adapter would be used to plug the second Samsung display into the HDMI port on the Mini.
     
  6. macrumors regular

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    Yes LaCie LBD should allow you to connect the 3 monitors.

    The setup will be as follows. HDMI to DVI (included with the Mac mini) converter connected with the Mac mini and a DVI to DVI cable connected to the display. ATD connected to the mac mini. LaCie LBD connected to the ATD. mini-Display port to DVI converter connected to the LaCie LBD and a DVI cable connected from the display to the adaptor.

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    Depending on which model he buys. The SSD models have a Thunderbolt cable included. The HDD version does not
     
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    Thanks for clarifying that. I didn't do the proper research.
     

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