connect multiple monitors--issue

Discussion in 'Mac mini' started by bradengelmann, Aug 12, 2012.

  1. bradengelmann macrumors newbie

    Jul 22, 2008
    Hi folks; like many here monitoring the iMac rumors I am growing tired of waiting for a refresh so am considering a Mini. The one I'm looking at is this one:

    I want the optical drive.

    Anyhow the issue is that the system it is replacing is an iMac G5 20" and I have a VGA cable running from my Samsung 46" TV to that machine. If I get the Mini, I'll need a regular computer monitor for computing purposes and then I'll want to connect the television as well. So I need to connect two monitors.

    I've found solutions to connecting the Samsung television by HDMI which is actually preferable to the VGA but then as best I can tell the other output option for the second monitor is MiniDisplayPort-VGA. Except that the monitor I'm likely to get is going to be DVI.

    The only posts I found sifting through Google results are for connecting the computer monitor by MiniDisplayPort (Thunderbolt) to VGA.

    Will it work to just use a MiniDisplayPort-DVI adapter instead?

    The above link suggests only MiniDisplayPort-VGA is supported. I don't know why that would be the case, so wondering what you folks think.

    I really appreciate your feedback. Thanks also to the folks over on the iMac threads with the insight. I'm just really tired of waiting and I think this Mac Mini will be a nice machine at a far greater discount than a brand new iMac anyhow.
  2. Mandrake! macrumors member

    Mar 13, 2012
    I've got a late 2009 Mac Mini 3,1 and I run a DVI display using a Mini Displayport to DVI adapter.
  3. paulrbeers macrumors 68040

    Dec 17, 2009
    You can get any minidisplayport to X adapter. HDMI, DVI, VGA. Any will work. I use a mini-display to HDMI on my mini, but i've used a mini to DVI before.
  4. bradengelmann thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jul 22, 2008
    Thanks fellas. But do you know if I can do both--use the HDMI output for the television and the MiniDisplayPort-DVI for computer monitor?

    I only wonder because at EveryMac they say:

    "This model simultaneously supports 1920x1200 on an HDMI or a DVI display (using the included HDMI-to-DVI adapter) and 2560x1600 on a Mini DisplayPort display or a VGA display (with an optional Mini DisplayPort-to-VGA adapter)."

    In other words, drive two monitors using HDMI (from HDMI port) and DVI (from MiniDisplayPort).

  5. paulrbeers macrumors 68040

    Dec 17, 2009
    Yes. I regularly run two monitors both with HDMI at the same time. It would be no different than running HDMI with one and DVI with the other.

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