2nd monitor on nMP

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  1. BlueWaterVA macrumors member

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    Is it possible to just plug a Mini display port to HDMI cable from one of my Thunderbolt ports for a 2nd display?

    Do I need a special adapter?

    I want to use a Sharp 26" LED as the second display.

    Thanks!
     
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  4. jenzjen macrumors 68000

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    IIRC, not straight display to display. You need another TB device in between the 2 displays.
     
  5. CH12671 macrumors 6502

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    Don't think this is correct. i think the OP wants to know if he can get a TB to HDMI cable and drive a second display, and the answer is yes, he can. Why would he need another TB device in the chain? Am I missing something?
     
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    Ya, that's saying you can't go out of the TB display straight into another display using a TB>HDMI cable. You can, however, go out of the TB display, into another TB device, and then out of that device to an HDMI device.

    But what i think the OP will want to do (with 6 TB ports plus HDMI port) is to just use a TB port off the back of the nMP...straight to his/her monitors.

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    We don't even know if he has a TBD
     
  8. jenzjen macrumors 68000

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    I misread OP I thought I read he wanted to do it off a TBDisplay
     
  9. d-m-a-x macrumors 6502

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    Arrangement

    be sure and use the same plugs / config when plugging / unplugging. It will change the arrangement orientation and color
     
  10. BlueWaterVA thread starter macrumors member

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    I don't have a TBD. I am using the HDMI out of my 2013 Mac Pro to a ASUS VE278 (1920 X 1080) display. I am just wanting to add a second display to be used with FCPX. I am eons from 4K and this is my first experience with TB. I just want to use a common Sharp LED TV for the 2nd display. I don't know if I need a Thunderbolt to HDMI adapter or just a Mini Display port to HDMI cable? The latter is much less expensive.

    Thanks
     
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    A Mini DisplayPort to HDMI adapter will suffice.

     
  12. CH12671 macrumors 6502

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    Either one. Be aware, though, that plugging it in through the TB (MDP)> HDMI cable may cause the computer to see the monitor as a 1080p television, rather than a 1920 x 1080 monitor. Going the other route (with the adapter) may cause it to find the monitor as 1920 x 1080. Even better, going TB>DVI and then DVI to the monitor will definitely cause it to see the monitor as 1920x1080. Is there a difference? That's up for debate. I've had my iMac see a 27 inch 1080p monitor as both, depending upon which way it was connected, and I can't tell a difference. Some say the computer reporting the monitor as 1080p can cause it to introduce some under/overscan thinking that it is a TV rather than a monitor. i'm not sure. IMO, you get the cheaper cable, hook it up, and go. If you don't like it, take the cable back and try a different approach. But truly, either cable will get the video signal to your monitor!
     

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