Can't connect mini to monitor

Discussion in 'Mac mini' started by bettei, Mar 21, 2014.

  1. bettei macrumors newbie

    Mar 21, 2014
    Today I bought my first ever Mac computer, a Mac mini. They told me any monitor would work as long as it was an HDMI. I got an LG 24" monitor,24MP56HQ.

    The problem is, there are only 2 cords that came with the Mini, one is for the power, the other is the hdmi to dvi adapter. I see where you can plug in the small end to the monitor, but the wide end of that adapter does not plug in anywhere to the Mini. Nothing looks like the wide end of that plug. And the cord that came with the monitor does not fit into the Mini.

    What is wrong here? I live 40 miles from the store where I bought it, sure hope someone can help me. Thanks
  2. fcomstoc, Mar 21, 2014
    Last edited: Mar 21, 2014

    fcomstoc macrumors member


    Sep 12, 2013
    Las Vegas, NV
    I believe that the HDMI (smaller one) goes into the Mac Mini and the DVI (bigger one) goes into the monitor with a DVI cable you must supply. if you are using a TV or a monitor that does not have DVI or you do not have a DVI cable, you need a double ended HDMI cable.
  3. dbroncos78087 macrumors regular

    Feb 27, 2013
    Northern Virginia
    Is the confusion here that you were expecting an HDMi cable in the box that came with the Mac Mini? If that is the case, then the Apple page for the Mac Mini should dispel this belief. It clearly lays out what comes in the box:

    You will need to either get yourself an HDMI or DVI cable.

    I might have misread your post, but that seems to be the confusion to me.
  4. DeltaMac macrumors G3


    Jul 30, 2003
    You don't need to use the HDMI adapter that came with the mini. In fact, you can't use it with your new monitor, which has HDMI, and VGA.
    All you need is an HDMI cable, with that same HDMI plug on both ends. That's just a normal HDMI cable that you can find virtually anywhere that sells TVs or accessories for TVs.
  5. bettei thread starter macrumors newbie

    Mar 21, 2014
    I found out that I needed a double ended hdmi cable. The monitor did not come with one.

    And also since I am a complete novice when it comes to do you eject something like a Nook or a Shuffle after you are done downloading something to it? I know how to do it on Windows, where do you go on a Mac?
  6. fcomstoc macrumors member


    Sep 12, 2013
    Las Vegas, NV
    To eject devices from the mac just click the little eject arrow in a finder window:
    Screenshot 2014-03-21 16.57.50.png

    Or if you would rather have all devices show up on the desktop and eject them using the right-click option add external disks to the desktop items in the finder preferences:
    Screenshot 2014-03-21 16.59.42.png Screenshot 2014-03-21 17.00.48.png
  7. SpinalTap macrumors regular


    Sep 25, 2003
    Bournville, UK
    I am also looking at buying an LG monitor for my Mac Mini...

    ...and from what I have read elsewhere the ideal connection between the two is via a thunderbolt to display port cable.
  8. Fishrrman macrumors G5


    Feb 20, 2009
    bettei wrote above:
    [[ I found out that I needed a double ended hdmi cable. The monitor did not come with one. ]]

    You can try an HDMI-HDMI cable and see how that works for you. Be aware that some folks have experienced glitches while running the Mini via a direct HDMI-to-HDMI connection. The chances that this will affect you are probably small, but be aware of it nonetheless.

    If you are dissatisfied with the results via HDMI, my suggestion is that you buy a minidisplayport-to-DVI cable, and try that instead. is a good source for cabling.

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