How would I hook two DVI/VGA monitors to the Mac mini?

Discussion in 'Mac mini' started by kristenanne77, Jan 4, 2013.

  1. kristenanne77 macrumors regular

    Jul 16, 2009
    I have two monitors. Each has both DVI and VGA. What cables would i need to connect them both to the macmini? (it has hdmi and thunderbolt outputs)

    Can i "mix and match" - like have one going to the vga and the other going to the vga?

    Can i "funnel thru" a monitor , like go from the minimac to the DVI input on monitor 1 and then use the open vga from that monitor 1 and connect to to the VGA of the other monitor? Kind of like a midi thru connector? I don't think this would work but figured I would throw it out there.

  2. benwiggy macrumors 68020

    Jun 15, 2012
    The mini has two video outputs. One is HDMI and one is Thunderbolt/Mini DisplayPort.
    The mini ships with an HDMI to DVI adaptor. You can buy a Mini DisplayPort to DVI adaptor from the Apple Store (or elsewhere).
    I have two DVI monitors, and they run fine, with the two "to DVI" adaptors.

    No, you can't take a video signal "thru" a monitor, unless it's a Thunderbolt Display.
  3. tejota1911 macrumors 6502

    Nov 10, 2006
    I wouldn't use the VGA connectors. Like the previous poster stated, use the supplied HDMI to DVI adapter, and purchase a Mini DisplayPort to DVI adapter for the second monitor.
  4. emilcar macrumors newbie

    Mar 4, 2009
    Murcia (Spain)
    I have just bought a Dell U2412M which has Display Port. I was thinking about connecting the Mac mini to the Dell monitor with a MDP-DP cable and using the HDMI-DVI adapter for the other monitor (19' bad quality). Is it a good setting?
  5. FreakinEurekan macrumors 68040


    Sep 8, 2011
    Eureka Springs, Arkansas
  6. Fishrrman macrumors G5


    Feb 20, 2009
    "No, you can't take a video signal "thru" a monitor, unless it's a Thunderbolt Display."

    Dell now has at least one display (the 29") with a "DisplayPort out" pass-through.

    Theoretically, one could "daisy chain" a second monitor using a DisplayPort connection cable.

    How this would be supported at the "Mac end" (via MiniDisplayPort), I'm not sure.

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