Mac Mini monitor options?

Discussion in 'Mac mini' started by carrollf, Mar 4, 2009.

  1. carrollf macrumors regular

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    Ì really want a new Mac Mini and currenly have a Dell monitor from an older PC. Will this Dell monitor work perfectly with the Mini?
     
  2. baddj macrumors 6502

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    It should work but if its an old-ish monitor it would most likely be a VGA so you will need the Mini-DVI to VGA Adapter that is sold separately. But if its DVI you will be fine as the DVI Mini-DVI to DVI Adapter comes with it.
     
  3. carrollf thread starter macrumors regular

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    Thanks Baddj

    The PC is 3 years old and I think it's DVI but how can I tell for sure?
     
  4. cleric macrumors 6502a

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    I assume you could just stack a dvi to vga adaptor on top of the included cable.
     
  5. baddj macrumors 6502

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    I would think so, I am hoping so as ill be doing that when i get my mac mini. If i do get one.
     
  6. Cmu93 macrumors member

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    Does anyone know if the Mac Mini will drive a 16x9 Dell 24"? I just want to make sure a native resolution of 1920x1080p is possible on the Mac Mini... other wise, I'll get a normal 16x10, but the 24" Dell is only $250 right now.

    T.
     
  7. RemarkabLee macrumors 6502a

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    It should work, but for non-standard computer resolutions such as 1920x1080 you may need to use a bit of freeware called SwitchResX to create that resolution.
     
  8. foodle macrumors 6502

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    I've tried this, and it does not work.

    The mini-DVI to DVI adapter is DVI-D and only passes the digital portion of the signal through. To use the DVI to VGA adapter, you'd need the analog portion of the signal. There are some DVI ports (DVI-I) that also pass the analog signal (hence the usefulness of the DVI to VGA adapter), but this is not one of them. If you look at the output side of the mini-DVI to DVI adapter you will see that it is only DVI-D (digital only), not DVI-I (both digital and analog).

    See here for more details: http://www.datapro.net/techinfo/dvi_info.html
     
  9. foodle macrumors 6502

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    I drive a Dell 2407 (1920x1200) with my old mini, so the new one should work for your display as long as the mode line exists.
     
  10. RemarkabLee macrumors 6502a

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    It depends on the monitor in question. The OP needs to establish if the Dell monitor they have has a digital or analog (or both) via DVI. If it is digital, then the Apple mini-DVI to DVI will work fine.
     
  11. foodle macrumors 6502

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    I was responding to a sub-thread that suggested stacking a DVI to VGA adapter onto the mini-DVI to DVI adapter. That will not work. In fact, the adapter will not physically attach, since a portion of the "cross" shape is missing from the DVI end of the mini-DVI to DVI adapter (indicating that there is no analog information).

    Yes, the OP needs to determine if he has a DVI input, in which case he is fine. Or he can buy the mini-DVI to VGA adapter from Apple, if he only has a VGA input.
     
  12. evirob macrumors member

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    I think the new Dell ultra sharp 27" will fit the mini nicely....

    Love the colors it produces
     

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