Driving two displays with the Mac Mini

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  1. crenz macrumors 6502a

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    I'm thinking of buying a Mac Mini and two Dell U2414H displays. Will the Mac Mini be able to drive those two displays? Will it "just work" if I connect the one display to the Mac Mini (mini DisplayPort->Thunderbolt), then hook the second one up to the first one via DisplayPort?
     
  2. Schnort macrumors regular

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    I have two U2414m's, and I'm having to connect one via Thunderbolt->displayport, and the other via HDMI->DVI.

    The H version seems to have a lot more inputs, and it looks like it might do display port daisy chaining, but you can fall back onto HDMI and mini-displayport if it doesn't work.
     
  3. Fishrrman macrumors G3

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    [[ Will it "just work" if I connect the one display to the Mac Mini (mini DisplayPort->Thunderbolt), then hook the second one up to the first one via DisplayPort? ]]

    No, won't work.

    I don't think the current version of the Mini can support "pass through" of the Displayport from one display to another.

    You -can- hook up two Dell 24" displays to the Mini, BUT
    - 1st one has to go through Displayport
    - 2nd one has to go through HDMI.

    Note:
    It's -possible- that a new revision of the Mini -may- support Displayport pass-through. But that remains to be seen, if and when the new Mini appears...
     
  4. fig macrumors 6502a

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    Correct, this is exactly what I'm running at the moment.
     
  5. crenz thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Thanks for the helpful answers so far. Is there any difference to running the monitor via DisplayLink or HDMI?
     
  6. Schnort macrumors regular

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    not really, particularly if you're doing 1080p or less.
     
  7. fredr500 macrumors regular

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    What if one of them is a 27" 2560x1440 and the other is HD or slightly smaller?
     
  8. borostef macrumors 6502

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    I have two full HD monitors hooked up to my mini... No problems...
     
  9. atopos macrumors newbie

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    Is HDMI reducing the refresh rate to 30 Hz or am I wrong ?
     
  10. fig macrumors 6502a

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    Shouldn't be, one display will be hooked up via HDMI and the other will be DisplayPort/Thunderbolt to HDMI.



    Shouldn't be, mine is at 60hz per the Display settings.
     
  11. crenz thread starter macrumors 6502a

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