How do I connect a Mac mini to a monitor with dvi input only?

Discussion in 'Mac mini' started by hemmick reef, Sep 26, 2012.

  1. hemmick reef macrumors member

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    I have a Dell Ultrasharp screen but it does not have an HDMI input, only DVI & VGA.

    Can I just use a general DVI to HDMI adapter or is there a difference with DVI- HDMI and HDMI-DVI?
     
  2. APlotdevice, Sep 26, 2012
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    An HDMI-to-DVI is already included in the Mac Mini box.
     
  3. hemmick reef thread starter macrumors member

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    Thank you, that's great.
     
  4. theSeb macrumors 604

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    I assume that this is a 24" or smaller Dell screen?
     
  5. hemmick reef thread starter macrumors member

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    Dell Ultrasharp U2412m.

    Why do you ask?
     
  6. theSeb macrumors 604

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    Just making sure you're not trying to connect a 27" Dell. That will work fine with the supplied adaptor. I've the same monitor (2412) connected to a Mini.
     
  7. hemmick reef thread starter macrumors member

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    What will happen with the 27" Dell?
     
  8. theSeb macrumors 604

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    The HDMI port in the Mini can only handle up to 1920x1200 resolution, so it's perfectly fine for the 2412M. The 27" Dell has a native resolution of 2560x1440. If you were to connect it via the HDMI port on the Mini, the monitor would be using 1920x1200. A monitor not running at its native resolution does not look good and 1920x1200 on a 27" does not look good.
     
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    Thanks, that's good to know.
     

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