mac mini not compatible with my tv??

Discussion in 'Mac mini' started by k8raye11, Nov 11, 2012.

  1. k8raye11 macrumors newbie

    Nov 11, 2012
    New mac mini user here, so bear with me,
    bought the latest mac mini so that I could connect it to my Polaroid tv and use it for tv/movie viewing and schoolwork. won't work with the Polaroid. I attached it using an HDMI cord, but got just a grey screen, and then after switching ports on my tv a couple times, got nothing at all. Switched mini to tv in bedroom, a Vizio and works great. But I don't want it in my bedroom, what do I need to do to solve this issue? The Polaroid is HD, and has HDMI outlets that work for HD cable, so what's the issue? The Polaroid is about 6 years old, could it just be incompatible? That seems ridiculous...
  2. rkahl macrumors 65816

    Jul 29, 2010
    Try a different cable, it's not necessarily the computer.
  3. Darby67 macrumors 6502

    Jul 5, 2011
    the corner of Fire and Brimstone
    What model TV is it? Perhaps an unsupported resolution as some older models had some interesting ones. Does it have VGA?
  4. cocacolakid macrumors 65816


    Dec 18, 2010
    If your Polaroid TV is 6 years old it might not be 1080 but 720p. The Mac mini is going to default to 1080 through HDMI. See if you can change the resolution of the HDMI out while hooked up to your Vizio to 1280x720, turn it off, hook it up to the Polaroid and see if that fixes it.
  5. rayhigh macrumors member

    Mar 27, 2012
  6. limesmoothie macrumors 6502

    Apr 20, 2009
    Edinburgh, Scotland
    Yep, they're widely available through one of the bigger supermarkets in the UK, they always seem a decent price but I tend to stick to Samsung/Sony for screens.
  7. paulrbeers macrumors 68040

    Dec 17, 2009
    Yeah they are (or at least were) available here in the US as well. Usually though they were regulated to the discount chains mostly and were the entry level models at that (take no offense to this OP, just giving my .02 worth). They competed mostly with the Westinghouses, Sanyos, etc.... They are (or were anyway) great "kids" tv's and guest room tvs (think 2nd or 3rd tv).

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