Dual 27" Thunderbolt Displays on Mac Mini

Discussion in 'Mac mini' started by deafgoose, Nov 5, 2011.

  1. deafgoose macrumors regular

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    I just purchased a 2nd thunderbolt display for my mini.

    I am daisy-chaining them and the 2nd monitor will not work.

    Any ideas?
     
  2. deafgoose thread starter macrumors regular

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    I found the answer to my question. Unfortunately its not the answer I wanted.

    http://support.apple.com/kb/HT4885

    The base model and server model mini can only support 1 thunderbolt display.

    Booooo!
     
  3. FrankHahn macrumors 6502a

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    I wonder what you will do with your second display. Sell it? Or sell your current Mini and get the Mini that supports dual displays?
     
  4. deafgoose thread starter macrumors regular

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    I gotta get this 2nd display working.

    I didn't feel a huge difference between the base mini (with upgrades) and the server so I am going to downgrade from the server to the mid level mini and install 8GB of ram and SSD.
     
  5. keema macrumors member

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    ...

    have you already downgraded to the mid mini?

    is it the i7 one?
     
  6. deafgoose thread starter macrumors regular

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    I will be downgrading today.

    The mid level model has the dual core i5 2.5Ghz.
     
  7. mcb001982 macrumors regular

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    By the way, even though you can't run the 2 displays daisy chained with the server you still can drive both displays with it. All you need to do is use the hdmi adapter that came with the server and you're up and running. What I'm not sure of is if you will be able to run at full resolution from the hdmi port.

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    Just found it, hdmi = 1920x1200 max

    http://www.apple.com/macmini/specs.html
     
  8. deafgoose thread starter macrumors regular

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    There was no HDMI adapter included with the server. It's a mini-port to DVI adapter.

    I swapped the mini already and its running beautifully on both displays! :D
     
  9. calderone macrumors 68040

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    It comes with an HDMI to DVI.
     
  10. deafgoose thread starter macrumors regular

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    Well you guys may get that but us Canadians get the mini-dp to dvi.

    Either adapter does not help me connect a thunderbolt display.
     
  11. GGJstudios, Nov 6, 2011
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    ScreenCap 14.png
     
  12. deafgoose thread starter macrumors regular

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    Well I stand corrected. :D

    Either way, its irrelevant. None of them would have helped me.

    Here is a quick pic of my setup:

    [​IMG]
     
  13. elliotn macrumors regular

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    Off topic - how do you draw arrows etc on your screenshots?
     
  14. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

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    With Preview.
     
  15. powerbook911 macrumors 68040

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    That is one of the most awesome things I have seen. Enjoy it!
     
  16. OLDCODGER macrumors 6502a

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    Glossy screens

    Thank you for posting that pic. It has forever confirmed that I will never buy a glossy screen.
     
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  21. deafgoose thread starter macrumors regular

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    I don't get it.

    Rad Tech admits their own anti-glare screen protectors are worthless?
     
  22. OLDCODGER macrumors 6502a

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    glossy screens

    important Notes:
    These films are intended for use in situations where glare from incident light prevents screen images from being viewed. Due to the nature of glass displays, anti-glare films will impart a slight prismatic effect to object edges when viewed straight-on. White backgrounds exacerbate the prismatic effect - non-white backgrounds nearly eliminate it. This effect can be minimized by reducing display brightness when indoors, and recalibrating the display after installation.

    From their main page. That is not a solution, merely a workaround.
     
  23. deafgoose thread starter macrumors regular

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    Got some more Apple goodies today.

    I plan to mount my thunderbolt displays on the wall for a cleaner look. :D

    [​IMG]
     
  24. LevMac macrumors 6502

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    Very very jealous!! :D

    Can't wait to see it :)
     
  25. Demosthenes X macrumors 68000

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    Make sure you post an updated pic in the Post Your Mac Setup when you do. :D

    I'm sorely tempted by a the mini and dual monitors. But my MBP does everything I need and I have no need of dual monitors in my personal life.

    Maybe one day, though... :)
     

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