Display sleep issues using HDMI port

Discussion in 'Mac mini' started by dcoulson, May 4, 2014.

  1. dcoulson macrumors member

    Aug 21, 2010
    I've had a 2012 Mini for about six months - I just replaced one of my displays, and now a different display does not go into power savings mode properly. Mini is running 10.9.2.

    Old config:

    DP->HDMI adapter->HDMI cable->Samsung BX2450
    HDMI port->HDMI/DVI cable->Samsung T260
    USB->DisplayPort DVI->DVI/HDMI cable->Samsung BX2450

    All three displays would power off their back lighting when the mini puts the displays to sleep (the mini itself is setup to never sleep).

    New config

    DP->DP Cable->HP zr2740w
    HDMI port->HDMI cable->BX2450
    USB->DisplayPort DVI->DVI/HDMI cable->BX2450

    Now when I go into display sleep, the monitor attached to the HDMI port behaves as if doesn't have a source attached - Most annoying problem is the back light stays on, so it's glowing. The other two displays go into power saving most properly.

    So far I have tried three different HDMI cables. I am trying to find the HDMI->DVI adapter that came with the mini so I can use that with a DVI->HDMI cable, but I'm assuming that's a passive adapter and nothing will change.

    I could not find any configuration options related to power savings, although I noticed when the display is connected to HDMI vs DP I have additional display options such as overscan control that seems to be more 'tv' related.
  2. dcoulson thread starter macrumors member

    Aug 21, 2010
    I have my display connected using the HDMI->DVI adapter that came with the mini, and the DVi->HDMI cable that came with the display (it only has HDMI inputs). The display now sleeps properly.

    Since I basically have a HDMI->HDMI cable now, but with a DVI port in the middle, I don't understand why it works now. Either my HDMI cables are causing a problem, or there is some magic introduced by connecting through the DVI adapter.

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