mac mini "arangement tab" in display

Discussion in 'Mac mini' started by hndn, Jan 10, 2010.

  1. hndn macrumors regular

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    Hi,
    Here's my problem: connect mac mini to TV (Philips, DVI only)
    After browsing this forum, I bought the USB/DVI adapter from monoprice & HDMI - DVI cable = no signal available. I tried it on 2 TV's, same thing. It probably a bad one :)
    I'm now connected via mini DVI - DVI adapter & DVI cable to TV. Philips TV is not recognized. Available resolutions are in the attachment, none shows the menu bar nor dock. I searched & all mentioned about the "arrangement tab." Help please.
    Thanks so much.
     

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  2. ADent macrumors 6502a

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    So the picture shows up, but the top and bottom are cut off?

    I would think if the mini will do 1080i, then you need to set your TV for no overscan mode.
     
  3. hndn thread starter macrumors regular

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    There's not an option of "overscan" :(
     
  4. MacHamster68 macrumors 68040

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    How do I connect an Intel Mac mini to a television?

    How to connect your Intel-based Mac mini to a television depends greatly on the type of television you have (and the Mac mini you have as well). Apple provides a helpful document entitled "Using Mac mini with a Television" on the Apple Support Site.

    The Apple Support Document notes that the Intel Mac mini can be connected to digital HDTV sets via DVI, HDMI, and VGA/RGB [emphasis added]:

    - A standard DVI cable can be attached from the [pre "Early 2009"] Mac mini [models] to an HDTV, supporting resolutions up to 1920x1080. [The "Early 2009" models can be connected to a DVI equipped television via DVI by using a Mini-DVI to DVI adapter].

    - HDTVs with HDMI inputs can be connected to [a pre "Early 2009"] Mac mini with a DVI to HDMI adapter. A DVI to HDMI adapter will relay video but not audio from the computer. [The "Early 2009" models can be connected to an HDMI equipped television by using a Mini DisplayPort to HDMI adapter]. . . [To connect audio], the Belkin PureAV HDMI to DVI cable can be ordered from the Apple Store [and numerous other resellers].

    - The DVI to VGA adapter that was included with your [pre "Early 2009] Mac mini can be used along with a VGA cable to connect [the Mac] to an HDTV with an analog PC-input (VGA/RGB), supporting resolutions 1920x1080. [The "Early 2009" models can be connected to a VGA equipped television by using a Mini-DVI to VGA adapter].

    The same document provides instructions on how to connect pre "Early 2009" Intel Mac mini models to an analog television with the Apple DVI-to-Video Adapter via Composite or S-Video:

    - Composite is the most widely available video input on traditional analog televisions. It delivers acceptable quality at resolutions up to 800x600 on most televisions.

    - S-Video separates the analog video signal into separate channels, providing better quality than Composite. S-Video is best used with a resolution of 800x600.


    and still not all televisions are suitable for connecting a computer
    best indication for computer support is a vga port , that does not mean you need to connect to vga most good tv's offer more options like dvi, hdmi ...
    but if there is a vga port then its certainly suitable for connecting a computer
     

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