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jakesaunders27

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Jan 23, 2012
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Hi,
Looking at my options for a Mac Mini in the studio, definitely want 2 thunderbolt displays one for logic session window and one for my mix window but they will be daisy chained together on one thunderbolt port, can i then use the hdmi to run a older dell ultrasharp for my BPM clock in my live room? would this work? can the mini drive 3 monitors?

Cheers
 

paulrbeers

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Dec 17, 2009
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Hi,
Looking at my options for a Mac Mini in the studio, definitely want 2 thunderbolt displays one for logic session window and one for my mix window but they will be daisy chained together on one thunderbolt port, can i then use the hdmi to run a older dell ultrasharp for my BPM clock in my live room? would this work? can the mini drive 3 monitors?

Cheers

My understanding is only the 2011 Mid-mini with the 6630M could run 3 monitors. The only way you can add a third is to use a USB to VGA/DVI/etc. connection. These aren't ideal, but the only way to push a third display.
 
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dbroncos78087

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Feb 27, 2013
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jakesaunders27

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Jan 23, 2012
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United Kingdom
Hi Guys,
Thanks for the replies, so the only way to do it is using one of those adaptors then, I can't do it how I said above?

Cheers
 
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paulrbeers

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Dec 17, 2009
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Hi Guys,
Thanks for the replies, so the only way to do it is using one of those adaptors then, I can't do it how I said above?

Cheers

Correct either using a USB adapter or the matrix adapter. You can not use 3 monitors the way you hoped
 
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dbroncos78087

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Feb 27, 2013
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Northern Virginia
Hi Guys,
Thanks for the replies, so the only way to do it is using one of those adaptors then, I can't do it how I said above?

Cheers

I've been told you can daisy chain TB but when I got mine I didn't shell out the cash so I don't really know. I think without the adapter or dongle you're out of luck.

I think the adapter is more expensive but my guess is that it's probably going to be a higher quality and less lag. I only have experience with the dongle (on an OptiPlex 780) and it works well with MAYBE a few millisecond delay.
 
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sportster

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Jul 7, 2010
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I've heard that the TB can power 2 TB Displays on the Mac Mini, could you then use the HDMI out to a 3rd display (via HDMI or DVI)?

It's not the most cost affect method, with the TB Displays costing around 1k each.
 
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michael_aos

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Jan 26, 2004
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The Late 2012 Mini will only natively drive 2 monitors.

When you plug-in the 3rd, one of the others will go black. I've tried it. There is also an Apple technical document available with the details.

The ability to drive 3 displays is one thing I miss about my old 2006 Mac Pro 1,1.
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raniel

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Jan 2, 2011
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The Late 2012 Mini will only natively drive 2 monitors.

When you plug-in the 3rd, one of the others will go black. I've tried it. There is also an Apple technical document available with the details.

The ability to drive 3 displays is one thing I miss about my old 2006 Mac Pro 1,1.
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care to post the link of the apple document? Im also planning to use 3 monitors on my mini. Thanks
 
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BookEmDanno

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Nov 9, 2010
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State of ~Aloha!~
question on possibly using 3 monitors on a 2012 core i7

My monitors
- 2 samsungs with DVI ports
- visio 42 hd tv with hdmi ports

my adapters and cables
- minidisplay (comes with the MM)
- mini display port to dvi
- iogear usb to dvi adapter
- dvi and hdmi cables

will this setup work?
1. MM thunderbolt port <-> samsung monitor dvi using the mini display dvi abd iogear adapter.
2. MM usb port <--> samsung using minidisplay adapter that came with the MM
3. MM hdmi port <--> Visio hd tv using an HDMI cable

~ Aloha! ~
 
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tuxon86

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May 22, 2012
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The USB adapter could work. Your BPM meter isn't all that graphic intensive, like a 3D game or a CAD application. That adapter won't be crunching vertex calculation. It will only display a 2D screen of information.
 
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michael_aos

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Jan 26, 2004
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Is there any advantage to a USB3 video adapter -vs- USB2?

Any known-good or known-bad examples?
 
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