Getting the best picture quality out of Mac Mini?

Discussion in 'Mac mini' started by knac21, Jan 15, 2016.

  1. knac21 macrumors newbie


    Jan 15, 2016
    I have the 2.6ghz Mac Mini hooked up to my Insignia 40" TV via HDMI cable, yet somehow I feel like the video and picture quality is a bit choppy. Any sort of settings I should look into? I feel like playing Youtube videos on my old Dell laptop hooked through HDMI displayed higher quality videos.

    Also, in comparison to streaming Youtube on my PS4, its WAYY better than coming from my Mac Mini.

  2. Celerondon macrumors 6502a


    Oct 17, 2013
    Southern Cal
    Is your 2.6ghz the 2012 i7 mini with HD 4000 graphics? :apple: What ports, cables, and adapters are you using for this connection?
  3. knac21 thread starter macrumors newbie


    Jan 15, 2016
    Sorry the mid level new Mac mini 2.6 i5.
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    Currently just using an hdmi cable
  4. CaptMarvel macrumors 65816


    Sep 20, 2014
    North Carolina
    Have you gone through your display settings? Tinkering with the options there may offer some support. Sounds like it may be your HDMI cable or maybe network connection?
  5. Negritude, Jan 29, 2016
    Last edited: Mar 1, 2016

    Negritude macrumors 6502

    Jul 14, 2011
    Make sure that underscan in OS X is turned completely off under the monitor settings.

    Make sure that the TV is set to work as a monitor, not a TV. There should be some kind of mode setting in the TV's setup.

    Run the ColorSync utility and let it repair your profiles (ColorSync -> Profile First Aid -> Repair).

    Also, reset the TV to it's default settings if it has such a capability. Often, when switching from one computer to another, a reset of a monitor will cause it to look better with the new machine.
  6. ActionableMango macrumors G3


    Sep 21, 2010
    @Negritude knows what he's talking about and has good advice.

    The fix really depends on what the problem is. Are you sure you mean "choppy", like the frame rate is really slow? Usually when hooking up a PC to a TV the problems are as follows:

    Fuzzy - resolution mismatch, caused by incorrect settings/detection, overscan, underscan, or anti-burn-in features.
    Colors WAY off - YCbCr vs RGB mismatch.
    Everything washed out toward white, or everything greyed out toward black - RGB Full vs RGB Limited mismatch.
    Choppy, poor frame rate - Can't do 4K resolution at 60fps over legacy HDMI, so it's reverting to 30Hz. But this really only applies to 4K TVs.

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