having a 2nd monitor on my mac mini but without thunderbolt

Discussion in 'Mac Accessories' started by lno1982, Jun 2, 2014.

  1. lno1982 macrumors newbie

    Jun 2, 2014
    I have bought a new mac mini :

    Intel Core i7 quadricœur à 2,6 GHz
    16 Go de mémoire SDRAM DDR3 à 1 600 MHz (2 x 8 Go)
    Disque SSD de 256 Go

    I would like to use a the same time :

    - my Philips 298P4 monitor 29" (resolution 2560x1080)
    - my TV Samsung 40" (resolution 1920x1080)
    - my HD omni interface from Avid in thunderbolt

    The Philips monitor has 2 HDMI, 1 Dual-DVI, 2 display port (in order to make a chain with an other monitor in display port)
    The TV has 4 HDMI, 1 VGA
    The avid thunderbolt interface has only one TB port, so I can't make a chain.

    I though about buying a thunderbolt station (elgato or caldigit) for having a second HDMI port.

    But I would like to be sure that I could use AT THE SAME TIME:
    - the HDMI of the mac mini for the monitor in 2560x1080 (i'm not sure that the mac mini have HDMI 1.4)
    - the HDMI of the TB station in 1920x1080
    - and the TB of the station for my Avid interface

    I don't know if I can chain my monitor and my TV together (hdmi of mac mini-->1st display port of monitor, and then 2nd diplay port of monitor-->hdmi of TV)

    Thanks for your answers.
  2. FreakinEurekan macrumors 68040


    Sep 8, 2011
    Eureka Springs, Arkansas
    You can't use the DisplayPort chain feature of your display under OS X - it's not supported.

    Since your Avid does not have a Thunderbolt-out, your best bet is a docking station with HDMI, then plug the 2nd display and your Avid into the docking station.

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