Issues w/ using my mini mac w/ entertainment system

Discussion in 'Mac mini' started by fm2002, Aug 21, 2010.

  1. fm2002 macrumors newbie

    Aug 21, 2010
    Just fired up my Mini Mac I purchased about 4 months ago. I bought it so I could hook it up directly to my Samsung Series 8 LED TV. I'm hooking up 2 External HD's to it; 1 with my music and music videos and 1 with all my movies. The Externals are WD 1 terabyte and LaCie 1 terabyte. My music and music videos will go on the WD because it only has USB 2.0 and the movies on my LaCie which has firewire.


    1) on my TV (acting as a monitor) I cannot see the menu bar. I can access it, but is not visible. Even the dock items when activated are not totally visible.

    2) I bought a mini dvi to dvi converter and have connected to my TV using a dvi to hdmi connector. My TV has 4 hdmi inputs. Using one for my DVD player and one for the Mini Mac. The issue is when I have my Mini Mac plugged into the TV and I try and watch regular TV, whether through a satellite TV or the same TV, the TV picture is very snowing. If I pull out the cord connecting the Mini Mac to the TV the snow immediately goes away.


    I would like to move my music library from my MacBook Pro to my WD external HD and than play/access my music through my Mac Mini iTunes. I'm pretty sure how to move my library, but what about the music files ?

    Thanks for any assistance anyone can provide
  2. Baby Mac macrumors regular

    Baby Mac

    Jul 28, 2010
    You may have to bump down the output resolution on the Mac mini video settings, because most TVs cannot do 1920x1200. They max out at x1080.

    I don't see how moving either would be different. They are just files.

    I cannot answer Question #2.
  3. fm2002 thread starter macrumors newbie

    Aug 21, 2010
    Thank you for your response.

    Well I just followed these instructions. [Create a folder on External HD> Open iTunes> iTunes> Preferences> Advanced> iTunes Music Folder Location> Change... > Select folder ]

    When I did this I checked my external HD file I created and there was nothing in it but a empty new file called "Automatically Add to iTunes". This file is also empty. What happened ? [Update - fixed this problem by choosing "organize library".]
  4. Cherule macrumors newbie

    Aug 19, 2010
    I just went thru similar connection problems hooking up my mini to my TV.

    It seems to have fixed the problem when I deselected 'overscan' in:


    then I zoom using the 'control' key on the keyboard and the mouse wheel...the screen moves over when you get to an edge.

    I was also able to get a cable that goes directly from the mini port to HDMI...don't know if that will help your snow problem or not but the fewer connections the better.
  5. fm2002 thread starter macrumors newbie

    Aug 21, 2010
    Yep that fixed it. Thank You !

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