21:9 aspect ratio??

Discussion in 'Mac mini' started by mobydick01, Jan 11, 2014.

  1. mobydick01 macrumors member

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    I just got a new AOC Q2963pm to use with a current-gen Mac mini. This monitor is "ultra-widescreen," with a 21:9 aspect ratio. My wife does a lot of photo editing, so I thought it would be nice for her to have the extra screen real-estate.

    Anyway, I've got the screen hooked up with an HDMI presently, but I can't adjust the aspect ratio any wider than 16:9. I am supposing this is a limitation with the HDMI and not the Mac Mini, right?

    The display has a DisplayPort input, which is what I was going to try next.

    So my question is whether I can get the 21:9 aspect ration to work if I use a mini DisplayPort to DisplayPort cable connected to the Mac mini's Thunderbolt port? I don't have a cable, so I would need to order one in order to try this. Thanks.
     
  2. COrocket macrumors 6502

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    The HDMI port on the mini is only good up to 1920x1200 resolution. I'm assuming the monitor you have is 2560x1080, so for that you would need to use a display port cable.
     
  3. jbarley macrumors 68030

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  4. hwojtek macrumors 65816

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    SwitchresX is great, but it won't help in this case, because it's a hardware limitation - the horizontal resolution is much wider than what HDMI in the Mini is physically able to transmit.
     
  5. Fishrrman macrumors G4

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    The answer looks to be in reply #2 above.

    The HDMI port can't support the resolution required by the ultrawide display.

    You need to connect with DisplayPort instead.
     
  6. mobydick01 thread starter macrumors member

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    Thanks to the six people who offered helpful insights and suggestions. I've ordered the Monoprice cable.
     

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