2006 Mac Mini - No DVI Output

Discussion in 'Mac mini' started by superspartan, Aug 11, 2012.

  1. superspartan macrumors member

    Jun 9, 2006
    I picked up a used 1.66 Core Duo Mac Mini and am attempting to hook it up to a 21.5" Acer LED monitor. I'm not having much luck...

    - When I use the DVI cable included with the monitor, the monitor receives no signal at all

    - When I use a VGA cable attached to a generic DVI-to-VGA adapter (then to the Mini), the monitor works, but it's not "recognized". Thus, I can't switch to the monitor's native resolution.

    I've replicated the second issue with another monitor. Even that monitor is not recognized by OSX, so I suspect maybe the generic DVI adapter is the culprit. I've tried resetting the SMC already, but now I'm at a loss. I can't figure out why a straight DVI connection doesn't work at all???
  2. zhenlek macrumors newbie

    Jul 5, 2012
    Gosh...there can be many reasons to begin with...

    -It could be the monitor's DVI port not working.
    -The DVI cable is not working.
    -The adapter is not working.

    It's unlikely the Mac Mini's display output isn't working since you can do it with the adapter.
  3. superspartan thread starter macrumors member

    Jun 9, 2006
    I've ordered both a new DVI-D Dual Link cable (the model included with the monitor was not dual link) and an Apple DVI-to-VGA adapter. Hopefully one of those will work correctly.

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