Mac Mini >HDMI > Samsung HDTV colors washed out

Discussion in 'Mac mini' started by SantaFeTrailer, Mar 24, 2012.

  1. SantaFeTrailer macrumors newbie

    Mar 24, 2012
    Hoping someone can point me in the right direction. Just upgraded from a 2009 Mac Mini to a new one. Using HDMI, the colors are washed out and off (greenish purplish) at the default 1360 x 1768. If I pick one of the other (like 720p) the colors are right but resolution is screwy. Any thoughts?

    And... Thank You.
  2. Skoopman macrumors 6502

    Sep 24, 2011
    Tell us the model of your Samsung HDTV. I have one too and had to rename "HDMI" to "PC" if I remember correctly.
  3. SantaFeTrailer thread starter macrumors newbie

    Mar 24, 2012
    Thanks. I will explore that.

    It is a LNT3242.


    Of further interest:

    I plugged the mac minin into the 720p Vizio from the bedroom and it works fine. Similarly, the AppleTV works fine on the Samsung.
  4. EvilC5 macrumors 6502a

    Sep 22, 2010
    Hanover MD
    I have a 2011 i5 mini hooked to my Samsung and the colors are fine.

    Bad cable? Or a cheap cable? I never thought the hdmi cable mattered too much but the 5 dollar ones certainly have some issues.
  5. nOw2 macrumors regular

    Sep 1, 2009
    It would have to be a particularly bad cable to create issues with HDMI. As in, "oops we filled this cable with string instead of a metal".

    To the OP: your screen has a 720p resolution, you should choose that. It's fairly likely that there is a bug in the Samsung firmware that prevents other resolutions from working well. If there are problems with 720p then describe those more precisely and we'll be able to find a solution.

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