Mac mini with Dual Displays

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    Wouldn't the screen spanning hack work?
     
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    wouldn't do any good seeing as the mac mini only has one video output. the imac and emac have two -- the screen, and the video out port.
     
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    That's not the problem. The problem is the amount of video outputs the mini has, that being one. Remember, unlike the iBook and iMac the mini is headless.

    edit: beaten to the punch
     
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    This is interesting. Too bad it seems to be VGA only.
     
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    NO as it doesn't have 2 video outputs.

    Seems a cool gadget, I wonder if you can use this on a powermac G5 to run 4 monitors :)
     
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    Thanks for all the replies, I realise how I am a dolt now. :D

    You prolly could use this on a Powermac, but you could also just have two GPU's....

    Course that's a bit more costly.
     
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    More Dual Display Alternatives

    There is a company named Tritton that has a USB 2.0 external graphics card to drive an additional display. They already have it working for the windows world and they are currently almost ready to deliver a mac version.

    http://www.engadget.com/2005/05/13/t...-for-mac-mini/

    From the article "If you're also a user of iMac, iBook and Mac mini, Tritton will be shipping a Mac version of SEE2 in early July to address the video port-less problem on these machines. "

    I for one would buy one :)

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    Yeah, you're basically limited to two 17" LCDs with this though (i.e. two displays of 1280 x 1024 size), as I don't think VGA is capable of driving anything wider than 2560 total. Basically this just presents itself as a 2560 x 1024 monitor to the Mac mini, and then splits its output to two displays. So, it wouldn't be considered multi-display to the OS (so you wouldn't get things like different wallpapers), and that means your menu bar and dock would span both displays. Interesting solution, but a bit hack-y. If you really need multiple displays, the Mac mini probably isn't the machine for you.
     
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    postponed

    The Trittonsales.com site says the mac version of their usb display adapter has been postponed. Bummer.
     

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