Mac Mini Monitor question

Discussion in 'Mac mini' started by kjvi5, Dec 9, 2009.

  1. kjvi5 macrumors member

    Nov 29, 2007
    My mom and dad want to get rid of their PC and their blackberries and get macs and iphones. I think they'll be able to make the transitions with no problem.

    The only rub is this:

    My mom watches TV when she's on the computer. She has a monitor that has a cable directly into it and does the whole picture in picture thing so that the tv feed is in the bottom right hand corner as she's doing other things on the rest of the screen.

    Is there any reason why this wouldn't work with a mini? What type of cord/connection would she need to run from the mini to the monitor?

    I want to help them make the switch but this is a deal breaker if it won't work so I want to make sure before I lead them down this path, that I know if there are any potential issues with this.
  2. DazBrowne macrumors member

    Dec 6, 2009
    I have my Mini connected with a HDMI to HDMI . I think if the monitor will spit the tv to the bottom right it should keep doing that no matter what the best thing to do is get a PS3 or Xbox or something with a HDMI input and test if it works.
  3. Decrepit macrumors 65816


    Sep 6, 2007
    Foothills to the Rocky Mountains
    Get the brand and model of that monitor. With that info, we can figure out what will work.

    I use a Mini-DisplayPort to DVI as well as a Mini-DVI to DVI cable so I can run two 24" displays on my Mini.

    I've also used the DVI to VGA, and DVI to HDMI converters.

    You should have no problem connecting that display to a Mini.
  4. MacHamster68 macrumors 68040


    Sep 17, 2009
    ok let get to the point all you (or your mum) wants is watching tv in a small window and working on another (larger) window on the same screen
    so if thats what you want then actually any screen will do that connects to the mini you dont need hdmi , all you need would be one of these tv usb sticks (different ones available for mac`s depending if its satellite or terrestrial or cable) i recommend one with software eye tv on my eMac and it works allright
    i`m used to 15" and 17" screens so its not a issue for me to resize the windows like i want them and placing the tv window in any corner you like is also no problem , but if you are not used to work on smaller screens i would suggest to get a at least 20" screen
    or you could buy a digital lcd tv with vga port , is now a common feature even on the cheapest digital lcd tv`s and most of them allow just wat you need picture in picture feature , ok i dont know where the tv picture then appears on these tv`s (ask in the shop )
  5. Dr.Pants macrumors 65816


    Jan 8, 2009
    So, the monitor does the PnP?

    Once again, give us the model (or even a picture, front and back if possible) for best recommendation... But all you should need to do if both inputs are attached directly to the monitor is just plug the Mini into where the PC came from.

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