Disable HDMI Port?

Discussion in 'Mac mini' started by Wing Fat, Jun 8, 2011.

  1. Wing Fat macrumors newbie

    Jun 8, 2011
    After some goofing around I've got my 2011 Mac Mini set up with a DVI monitor on the DisplayPort and my 720p TV on the HDMI port as the second display. I'm very happy with this configuration, except...

    Is there any way to disable the HDMI port, or disable the second display when not in use? (Short of pulling the HDMI cable out of the back of the Mac of course.) I turned the TV off but that doesn't seem to make any difference as the Mac still thinks it's connected. I don't see anything in the settings that will let me disable the second display. It's not a huge deal, but sometimes my mouse pointer runs off the right side of the screen and gets lost. That, plus I have to go into the settings and change the sound output to the headphone jack to hear sound when the TV's off or playing something else (like cable TV).

    If there's no way to disable the second monitor, is there a quick/easy way to switch sound output between HDMI and the headphone jack? Something that sits in the menu bar or a hot key perhaps? Or (even better) is there a way to configure sound output on a per-program basis, so I can have the DVD Player output via HDMI and everything else output to the headphone jack?
  2. btbrossard macrumors 6502a

    Oct 25, 2008
    Not sure of an easy way to disable a second monitor - I don't use more than one monitor at work or home.

    However, for a quick way to change your sound output device, Option+Click on the volume slider in the upper right corner. This will bring up a menu to quickly change the output device or the input device.

    Something similar perhaps if you Option+Click on display prefs?
  3. Wing Fat thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jun 8, 2011
    Hey that works perfectly, exactly what I was thinking of!

    Sadly option-clicking the display preferences doesn't do anything different than clicking on it without the Option key.

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