MacMini max screen size help

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by Aimee Doe, Dec 20, 2005.

  1. Aimee Doe macrumors newbie

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    I'd like to use a MacMini as a DVD player, but I think that the video card can only drive a 20in screen max. Is there any way to get it to drive a 30in Apple display or a 32in LCD TV?
     
  2. Kernow macrumors 65816

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    It definitely can't handle a 30" ACD, but I'm pretty sure that it is capable of using the 23".

    I would guess that the size of TV doesn't matter. If you get a DVI to video adapter, then the TV will be displaying the video signal. The quality of the picture might suffer though if the screen is too big and there is a mismatch between that and the highest resolution the Mini can display at.
     
  3. Platform macrumors 68030

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    It can take 1920*1200 max ;)

    Will do 100" as long as that res.
     
  4. Aimee Doe thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Follow-up question

    Thanks Kernow and Platform!

    So what I'm hearing is that a mini, connected to a TV with DVI inputs will show 1920*1200 resolution on any size screen, but that that top-end ACD, which needs a special dual DVI connection, is too much for the video card?

    Is this right. Is 1920x1200 better than a $100 DVD player would look like connected to a 32in LCD TV with DVI in?
     
  5. Kernow macrumors 65816

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    Just having a look through the forums on the Apple support pages here, it seems that there are mixed messages concerning connecting with DVI.

    You shouldn't have any problems if you connect with a video adapter (but the picture may look like crap if there is a large difference between the screen size on the TV and the resolution the Mini offers)

    However, it seems that some DVI capable TVs will work and some won't :confused:
     
  6. portent macrumors 6502a

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    A Mac mini should be able to drive any HDTV at its native resolution; compared to a high-resolution computer monitor, HDTVs are pretty small.

    However, using a DVD as your source, you probably won't see a difference between a Mac mini and a $80 progressive-scan DVD player. The DVD itself just doesn't have enough resolution for a HDTV. For that, you'd need a HD-DVD or Blu-Ray disc, which aren't available yet.
     
  7. kingcrowing macrumors 6502a

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    yeah, 1080i (top of the line HD, cept for 1080p) runs at 1920x1200, and the mini will run that, the 32" HDTV prolly wont even do 1080i, prolly 720p I'm guessing, unless its a really nice HDTV, so the mini would drive it fine... and its way cooler than a $80 prog. scan DVD player
     
  8. dejo Moderator

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    Actually, wouldn't 1080i run at 1920x1080 (hence the 1080)? 1920x1200 is not the correct aspect ratio for HD programming. It is 1.6:1 vs. HD's 1.78:1.
     
  9. dejo Moderator

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    Well, I'm aware of at least one HD-DVD title. Of course, it's porn.
     
  10. mkrishnan Moderator emeritus

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    I thought that the Internet was for porn. :D

    Aimee, most LCD televisions do not have very high resolutions. Dell's 32" LCD TV has a native resolution of 1366 x 768 and I think that's typical. It's very rare for an LCD TV to have resolution like a 30" LCD designed for a computer.
     
  11. NYmacAttack macrumors 6502

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    Thats a funny video. lol.
    I dont see why a mac mini couldn't drive the LCD TV if you have the resolution set right.
     
  12. kingcrowing macrumors 6502a

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    yeah, you are right I believe 1080i/p is 1920x1080, thats what a LCD TV would have assumin it could run 1080, but computer monitors (Apple 23"/Dell 24" etc) run @ 1200 not 1080
     

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