Help with mini dual monitors

Discussion in 'Mac mini' started by argosy20, Feb 19, 2012.

  1. argosy20 macrumors newbie

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    Here's the situation, just purchased 2 Dell U2412 monitors. I want to be able to use them for both a PC with dual DVI connectors and the mini. My understanding is that the u2412 has a dvi and displayport connector. Wanted to use the monitor input selector to act as a switch between the 2 computers.

    My original thought was to connect the pc via dvi and the mini through the displayports on the monitors. The TB/mini displayport to displayport is straight forward. It's getting the signal from the HDMI connector on the mini to the displayport on one of the monitors. Everything I see looks like its displayport -> HDMI and are not bidirectional.

    The only solution I can see is to get 2 dvi -> displayport cables for the pc connections and convert the TB & hdmi from the mini to DVI. This just sounds counterintuitive. What am I missing here? Thanks for the help for a mac newb.
     
  2. jackrv macrumors 6502

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    Delete this response, I misread the OP's statement.
     
  3. Acorn macrumors 68020

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    you can buy an hdmi to dvi adapter and use that for the other monitor.
     
  4. saulinpa macrumors 6502

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  5. Acorn, Feb 20, 2012
    Last edited: Feb 20, 2012

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    Sauls method requires a adapter that cost over 100 dollars. it would be easier to do the following which requires cheap adapters only

    monitor 1 - display port monitor to mac mini mini-display port adapter (display port to mini display port adapter )
    monitor 1 - monitor dvi to windows dvi

    monitor 2 - mac mini hdmi to dvi adapter to dvi monitor (hdmi to dvi adapter)
    monitor 2 - monitor vga to windows vga (possibly use dvi to vga if windows has 2 dvi connection)

    switch monitor one - display port mac or dvi windows
    switch monitor two - mac mini uses dvi or vga windows
     

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