Mac mini and dual desktops

mankymanning

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Does anyone know if i just stick a mini dvi dongle in the back of my March09 Mac mini in addition to a mini displayport connected to my TV, it will think there are two screens? or does it need to be connected to an actual display?

I want to be able to have Plex playing on one desktop on the TV through displayport but use VNC to connect to the "second" display/desktop which is there because of mini DVI... ?
 

nullx86

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Does anyone know if i just stick a mini dvi dongle in the back of my March09 Mac mini in addition to a mini displayport connected to my TV, it will think there are two screens? or does it need to be connected to an actual display?

I want to be able to have Plex playing on one desktop on the TV through displayport but use VNC to connect to the "second" display/desktop which is there because of mini DVI... ?
yes, you can use both the mini-dvi and mini-display ports simultaneously. It will act as if there are two displays normally.
 
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jzuena

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I'm not sure if the dongle is enough to activate the second display, but didn't your mini come with the dongle to allow you to give it a try? Maybe there is some kind of loopback connector that will pull high whatever pins that make it look like a monitor is there? Something like whatever is in a DVI switchbox that lets multiple input devices think they are continuously attached to the output device.
 
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mankymanning

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I'm not sure if the dongle is enough to activate the second display, but didn't your mini come with the dongle to allow you to give it a try? Maybe there is some kind of loopback connector that will pull high whatever pins that make it look like a monitor is there? Something like whatever is in a DVI switchbox that lets multiple input devices think they are continuously attached to the output device.
No it is a mini displayport dongle which comes with it I think, I could be wrong though, maybe that came with my MBP. It was a refurb so maybe that was just missing.
 
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nullx86

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No it is a mini displayport dongle which comes with it I think, I could be wrong though, maybe that came with my MBP. It was a refurb so maybe that was just missing.
Mini's come with Mini-DVI adapters, they come with Mini-DP adapters as a BTO. If you use both at the same time, they work as dual monitors. All yo have to do, is set up displays in Sys Pref.
 
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