Mac Mini Late 2009 -> 2048x1152 Monitor?

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  1. s4yunkim macrumors regular

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    I have a Mac Mini, Late 2009 (2.26ghz, Geforce 9400M) and I'm thinking about buying a very very high res monitor to go with it...

    The monitor's resolution is 2048x1152, and I'm a bit worried that the Mac Mini might not be able to output at that resolution so I've been digging around and have found myself even more confused. :confused:


    The monitor itself has component, VGA, DVI-I, and HDMI inputs,
    and the mac has a Mini-DVI and a Mini-Displayport. It was my understanding that I could just plug the monitor in through one of these with the proper adapter, but is this not the case? Everymac says:

    Display Support: Dual Displays
    2nd Display Support: Dual/Mirroring*

    Resolution Support: 1920x1200*
    2nd Max. Resolution: 2560x1600*

    Details: *This model simultaneously supports 1920x1200 on a DVI or VGA display using the Mini-DVI port and 2560x1600 on a dual-link DVI display using the Mini DisplayPort (with an optional Mini DisplayPort to Dual-Link DVI adapter).

    I looked up the adapter on the Apple Store website and it's $99! Is this a must have or can I just use a Mini DisplayPort -> HDMI adapter to plug the monitor in by HDMI and get the full 2048x1152 resolution?

    Thanks in advance!
     
  2. Chundles macrumors G4

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    Pretty sure the standard DVI port works on that monitor.

    That's just the 16:9 but higher res display right? People have used Samsung versions of that display here, should be some discussion in the forums but I remember it working with just the standard DVI connector.
     
  3. alust2013 macrumors 601

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    I'm not actually 100% on this one, but it seems like you should be able to do full res from MDP-> HDMI. I'd buy a cheap adapter and cable from monoprice.com to check it out. I bought the adapter with a 6ft cable for about $16
     
  4. s4yunkim thread starter macrumors regular

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  5. alust2013 macrumors 601

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    They might just be trying to upsell you. Try the adapter you already have, if that doesn't work, I'd try a miniDVI -> DVI adapter, which actually may work if MDP doesn't
     
  6. s4yunkim thread starter macrumors regular

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    Is there any way to be sure?

    The reason I ask is that I currently have a 1920x1080 HDTV hooked up to it that someone wants to buy off me tonight. I figure I'd sell it to him and use that money to get a cheap 2048x1152 monitor for around the same price, minus the TV tuner, extra ports, etc.

    I dont want to sell it off and buy a new monitor, just to find that the new monitor doesnt work :(

    I've read some places that there is technically no max resolution via VGA, since it's analog... would it be possible to run this monitor over a VGA cable? or would the resulting quality be unusable?
     
  7. MultiFinder17 macrumors 68000

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    The only real way to be 100% sure is to give it a try, but I'm fairly certain that it should work out fine. As for VGA, yes, the resulting picture would be a lousy mess. If you're using any LCD, do yourself a favor and run it over DVI.
     
  8. Transporteur macrumors 68030

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    Usually, the people doing phone support for Apple have no idea what they are talking about. In this case, this gets proven once again.

    2048x1152 does NOT require a DualLink DVI connection, therefore the miniDP - dualLink DVI adapter is not needed and a waste of money.

    The standard miniDP - DVI adapter or any other miniDP to whatever single link input your monitor offers will do just fine.

    Resolutions that require a DualLink DVI connection have resolutions of 2560x1440 or 1600, everything (common) below that works just fine with single link.
     
  9. s4yunkim thread starter macrumors regular

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    Thank you, I did some more scouring around on the internet last night and found that although the stated maximum is 1920x1200 (=2,304,000 pixels), that 2048x1152 (=2,359,296 pixels) is not actually that much more, and is still within the bandwidth that single link DVI supports. I've seen a few posts on Apple Support forums saying that people have gotten 2048x1152 monitors to work on 2009 Mac Minis, so I decided to go ahead with the sale of my old 1080p monitor and ordered my new one. I'll be testing it out tonight and I will be sure to post back on the results. Thanks!
     
  10. s4yunkim thread starter macrumors regular

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    Just wanted to pop in and report that my 2048x1152 monitor is working just fine with my miniDVI -> DVI adapter. Thanks for the help everyone!
     

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