Mac mini (2011) Dual Monitors Setup

Discussion in 'Mac mini' started by .AJ, Mar 21, 2012.

  1. .AJ macrumors newbie

    Feb 13, 2012
    Hi guys,

    I want to set up dual monitors on my Mac mini (Mid 2011, 6630M) and I just wanted to run how I think I am going to do it by you guys, to ensure it will work correctly.

    My current setup is just a HDMI to DVI cable connected to my Dell U2311H. The adapter that I think will work for my second display can be found here: Amazon


    Monitor 1 (Dell U2311H)

    HDMI Out < HDMI to DVI Cable < DVI Input On Dell U2311H

    Monitor 2 (Panasonic 1080p TV)

    Thunderbolt/Mini Displayport Out < Mini Displayport to HDMI Adapter < HDMI Cable < HDMI Input On Panasonic TV

    I think this will work ok, but I just wanted your opinions on whether this is the best way to do it.


  2. HandySam macrumors member

    May 9, 2011
    I would connect your HDTV directly to your HDMI port on the mini, Then you can look for a different adapter (mini Displayport/Thunderbolt to DVI) and then a normal DVI to DVI cable to your monitor.
  3. .AJ thread starter macrumors newbie

    Feb 13, 2012
    That is a more simple solution, but as I already have my Dell monitor connected with a HDMI to DVI cable it would mean having to buy an additional cable.
  4. Demosthenes X macrumors 68000

    Demosthenes X

    Oct 21, 2008
    You can use your existing cables and the adapter you linked:

    Mini HDMI port - HDMI cable - HDTV.
    Mini Thunderbolt port - Thunderbolt to HDMI adapter - HDMI to DVI cable - DVI port on monitor. Or just buy the right cable (Thunderbolt to DVI) instead of the adapter.

    IMO it makes the most sense to use the straight HDMI connection for the TV, and the Thunderbolt port for the monitor.


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