How to use the mini as a home theatre system?

Discussion in 'Mac mini' started by X42-Negative, Oct 14, 2010.

  1. X42-Negative macrumors newbie

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    So I purchased a stereo output to composite red/white cables. I then plugged the HDMI and composites cables into the receiver, but the it reads only the HDMI (which should include audio and video), or composite (yellow, red, white). If you have HDMI plugged it, it doesn't read from the composite, and vise-versa. So how exactly can I fix this? Why doesn't Apple have the HDMI contain audio and video (like most things, PS3, 360, consoles)? This is really odd and I cannot really use it as a home theatre system at the moment. I was hoping that it wasn't my receivers fault (2008 fancy Denon receiver, cost a few grand), but if it was to find some kind of converter that takes HDMI and stereo out, and outputs it as HDMI with audio/video.

    Sorry for the long paragraph, but I needed to explain my situation. If you have any ideas, please feel free to post them here.
     
  2. flopticalcube macrumors G4

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    Make sure that on the input settings of the receiver you make it default to the hdmi for audio (under "mode" I think) and make sure you have the correct hdmi set for the input. I gather you have a new 2010 mini.
     
  3. X42-Negative thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Alright, I'll try that, and yes I have the 2010 mini.
     
  4. X42-Negative thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Okay, I have another problem:

    When I plug it into my TV, I have sound and video, just not the best picture. What I mean is that it's rotated maybe 2 degrees, so everything is rotated a little. Besides that, part of each side of the screen is completely "off" the screen unless I use underscan. If I use underscan then I can get it almost perfect, except for the rotation(?). The sides also have a few inches that are just "black" if I want to get the menu bar aligned with the top of the TV. That leaves another inch or so on the bottom that is just black and cannot move my mouse there.

    What's going on? Why is the display rotated and never fits the screen perfectly when my PS3 is 1080p and fits perfectly. Also, why did Apple not transmit audio through the HDMI-out?

    For the price I paid for this "low-end" Mac, I should have none of these current problems I have.

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  5. kellen macrumors 68020

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    Use /timg for the images, difficult to see them.

    There is a program for getting the video output perfect for the TV. Can't remember the name.

    Try 123macmini.com, it was a great benefit to me when I had a mini hooked up to the TV.
     
  6. X42-Negative thread starter macrumors newbie

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    I'll look on there, thanks.

    Also I figured there was a image thumb but didn't know it, thanks again.
     
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