G4 Mini to Panasonic plasma - potential problems?

Discussion in 'Mac mini' started by mrspoons, Mar 14, 2011.

  1. mrspoons macrumors newbie

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    I'm picking up a g4 mini in the next couple of days that has been completely wiped clean.
    I don't have any sort of monitor at home and was looking at hooking it up to my Panasonic plasma to set it up from scratch using a DVI - HDMI cable.
    Will I actually be able to see anythiing without having an OS already installed or is it going to be a pointless exercise?
     
  2. ZilogZ80 macrumors 6502a

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    Should be fine, the plasma should behave just like any normal monitor. Although I use the VGA input of my Panny plasma to avoid HDMI handshake issues so that is always an option.
     
  3. mrspoons thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Will try and sort out a standard cable then, cheers for the help
     
  4. jdryyz macrumors regular

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    What is the native resolution that your plasma display supports? You may actually have a problem with using a DVI-HDMI cable at a high resolution. I once tried hooking up a Mini G4 to a 37" Sharp LCD (1920x1080) using a DVI-HDMI cable and I could not get a picture at all. The same Mini connected to a 24" LCD (1920x1200) using a Dual Link DVI cable worked just fine. I suspect the dual-link high-resolution support is dependent on a proper DVI cable.
     
  5. mrspoons thread starter macrumors newbie

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    think (and this is from an increasingly foggy memory :) ) that its 1024 x 768.

    Ordered a standard VGA cable so I should have all my bases covered
     

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