HDMI Out into Monitor with Display Port

Discussion in 'Mac mini' started by runcsmeduncs, Jan 12, 2014.

  1. runcsmeduncs macrumors newbie

    Jan 12, 2014
    I have 2 dell monitors that accept display port connects as their input. I would like to run these dual monitors with my Mac Mini.

    Currently I have a mini display port to display port cable into one monitor which works well but what I am after now is an HDMI cable to display port that I can use to plug into the HDMI port on the Mac Mini.

    I have had a look for one of these but have drawn a blank. If anyone knows of where I can purchase one of these, that would be great.


  2. fa8362 macrumors 65816

    Jul 7, 2008
    Monoprice.com sells virtually every cable anyone would want. That said, I'm guessing your Dell accepts more than just display port input.
  3. runcsmeduncs thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jan 12, 2014
    Indeed it does however I am going via a StarTech KVM which only accepts Display Ports (as I am using the monitors, Keyboard and Mouse for another Desktop as well) hence the reason for the need to convert from HDMI to Display Port.

    I'll check out the site you suggested though. Cheers for the response.

  4. hudson1 macrumors 6502

    Jun 12, 2012
    There are adapters which convert a DP or mini-DP signal to HDMI but I've not seen one that does the reverse.
  5. raystrack macrumors newbie

    Dec 18, 2013
    Two monitors and a drive

    I'm just about to get a Mini and want to connect two DVI monitors and a external thunderbolt drive. Is this possible?

    I've been told the connections are 1xHDMi and 1xTB port which doubles as a mini DVi
  6. paulrbeers macrumors 68040

    Dec 17, 2009
    HDMI port -> DVI (converter is even included) -> DVI Monitor
    TB -> External TB Drive -> Displayport to DVI converter -> DVI Monitor

    No issues.

    Edit: This is all fine as long as your DVI monitors have a resolution of 1920 x 1200 or less. Anything higher this will not work.
  7. raystrack macrumors newbie

    Dec 18, 2013
    Thanks very much. I'd like to use a Samsung 840EVO in an external enclosure. Do you know of a T/B enclosure for it that I can daisy-chain in the way you describe?
  8. paulrbeers macrumors 68040

    Dec 17, 2009
    Any full size desktop TB enclosure generally has two thunderbolt ports for daisy chaining. There are about 100 of them. Any 2.5" drive will fit in a 3.5" bay. You will probably want to consider getting the converting "rails" though. Most external enclosures for 2.5" drives only have a single thunderbolt port.
  9. Schnort macrumors regular

    Oct 24, 2013
    It is my understanding that HDMI -> DisplayPort just doesn't exist cheaply.

    Basically, DisplayPort is a superset that includes the same signals as HDMI (so a simple cable is all you need going DisplayPort->HDMI), but HDMI doesn't have all the signals that DisplayPort needs so converter that takes HDMI in and generates the missing information.

    I also have 2xDell 2412m's and a KVM for a mac mini and a pc. I ended up not using the KVM for video switching and just do that on the monitors so that each of pc's uses 1 HDMI and 1 DisplayPort. It's no the most elegant, but it didn't end up costing $300 for a converter thing.
  10. raystrack macrumors newbie

    Dec 18, 2013
    I've gone for two BenQ GL2450s. They come with HDMi and VGA connections and come supplied with VGA cables. I've been using one as an extension to my iMac (mini DVi port) and it works fine. Consequently I've ordered adapters for the Mini - an HDMi-VGA and a TB-VGA. I will post again when they arrive.

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