Connecting Mac Mini to monitor and TV

Discussion in 'Mac mini' started by tyler928, Dec 12, 2013.

  1. tyler928 macrumors member

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    I just got a new Mac Mini and bought a monitor (Asus PA248Q) that supports DVI, VGA, and DisplayPort inputs (also HDMI, but I'm going to use that for a game console).

    I want to hook up my mini to the monitor and also my TV (via HDMI) for watching movies. Based on the cables that came with the monitor (and the HDMI-DVI adapter that came with the mini), the cheapest way to set this up would be mini's HDMI-->DVI on monitor with adapter, and a mini displayport to HDMI cable to the TV. Am I missing anything by going with converters/adapters? Would HDMI-HDMI for TV and then mDP-DP for monitor work better for any reason? I assume because everything is digital that it wouldn't matter, but thought I would ask.

    Also, audio from the mini to the monitor is not an issue for me.

    Thank you.
     
  2. scbond macrumors 6502

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    It shouldn't matter whichever way you choose to do it. Only problem you could have with adapters is if you get cheap ones.
     
  3. tyler928 thread starter macrumors member

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    Thank you. That is what I thought.

    I have a little problem, though. (Right now the monitor is hooked up Mini-HDMI-DVI-Monitor.)

    When it wakes from sleep, the screen looks a little strange--pixelated/oversharpened (it's hard to describe)--and the mouse pointer has a magenta outline around it. When I unplugged the HDMI from the computer and plugged it back in, the monitor looked perfect again.

    Any ideas what the problem could be?
     
  4. ColdCase macrumors 68030

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    Not sure what resolution that monitor support, but DP supports higher resolution than the mini HDMI. I have my laptop connect to a monitor via DP (mini DP to DP cable), and to a TV via HDMI without any issue. DP is designed more for computer monitors, HDMI for movies and TV.

    A min DP-DP cable is maybe $10.

    The mini and monitor are not negotiating properly when it wakes from sleep. Unplugging forces a negotiation. You could do the same by powering on and off the monitor.
     
  5. tyler928 thread starter macrumors member

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    I tried powering the monitor off and on, but it doesn't consistently do the trick.

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    This looks like what I need. When I first hooked up the monitor via HDMI, the monitor's menu didn't give the choice of sRGB. Then I hooked it up with the DVI and the option became available and everything worked perfectly (until it woke up, of course).

    I will give this a shot this evening, as I'm at work right now and the Mac is at home.

    Thanks everyone for your input and help!
     
  6. atopos macrumors newbie

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    HDMI reduce refresh rate to 30 Hz. Isn't it ?
    I'd like to buy the new Mac Mini and Dell U2413.
    Whats is the best type of connection (60 Hz e.g.) ?
    Quality-wise.
    How many colors will I have ? 8 or 10 bits ?
     

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