Connecting a 2007 model to a TV?

Discussion in 'Mac mini' started by stanw, Jul 19, 2015.

  1. stanw macrumors 6502a

    Aug 29, 2007
    I have a Mini from about 2007.

    1. What type of adapter do I need to connect it to a 30 inch TV via HDMI?
    2. If I have other devices connected to the TV like a Directv box, would I switch the TV inputs to go back and forth from the Directv to the Mac? Is that how connecting a Mac to a TV will work?

  2. jpietrzak8 macrumors 65816


    Feb 16, 2010
    Dayton, Ohio
    Cool, I have my 2007 Mini connected to my 30 inch TV. :)

    The 2007 Mini has a single DVI port for video output. So, you'll need a standard DVI to HDMI adapter (or a DVI to HDMI cord). Here are some links to examples I randomly pulled off of Amazon:

    An adapter

    A cord

    Yes! You can treat the Mini like any other video device, as if it were just another Blu-ray or DVD player. The TV won't know the difference.
  3. Celerondon, Jul 19, 2015
    Last edited: Jul 19, 2015

    Celerondon macrumors 6502a


    Oct 17, 2013
    Southern Cal
    Connect your mini's DVI-I port to the HDMI port on the TV with an adapter cable or an adapter plus a cable. The DVI port is the rectangular middle one on the rear of your mini. Amazon has plenty of cables for less than $10.

    mini rear.jpg Amazon Cable.jpg
  4. stanw thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Aug 29, 2007
    Thanks so much guys! I just ordered a 3ft one.
  5. kwikdeth macrumors 6502a

    Feb 25, 2003
    Tempe, AZ
    what about audio? to my knowledge a 2007 will not pass digital audio via DVI/HDMI. You'll need a seperate optical or analog cable to hook it up to your tv/receiver, if you dont already have a cable run for that.

    monoprice makes joiners and splitters to combine DVI & digital audio signals into an HDMI cable or vice-versa.
  6. fhall1 macrumors 68040


    Dec 18, 2007
    (Central) NY State of mind
    kwikdeth is correct - you also need to connect a separate audio cable between the Mini and TV

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