Mac Mini (Snow Leopard) Display Resolution w/ LCD TV

Discussion in 'Mac mini' started by OmegaRed1723, Sep 15, 2009.

  1. OmegaRed1723 macrumors 6502

    OmegaRed1723

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    Hi folks,

    I'm thinking about getting a Mini to use as an HTPC with a 42" Sharp Aquos LCD TV. My question is: if I connect the two using DVI to HDMI, will Snow Leopard detect that it's an HDTV and allow me to use the new 1080p setting without having to use SwitchRes X or DisplayConfigX? The 1080p setting works on my MBP when in extended desktop mode, but not in mirroring mode (because resolution is limited to the 1440x900 of my screen). I'm hoping that since the Mini has no display, 1080p setting will work out of the box. If someone could confirm that would be great.
     
  2. Apocrathia macrumors 6502

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    I keep my mac mini hooked into my 46" sony bravia and it's never had a problem detecting the tv's native resolutions. even through mini-display port to vga on my imac, no problems. worked on leopard, works on snow leopard. there's actually a little tv icon next to the resolution in the display preferences to let you know it's a tv resolution.
     
  3. serialtoon macrumors 6502a

    serialtoon

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    I have my 24" iMac connected to my HDTV and it auto detects it as 1080P. You shouldnt have a problem. Also, if you decide to buy the mini Display port to HDMI connector. Check out monoprice.com. I purchased it for 8$ or so.
     
  4. Apocrathia macrumors 6502

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    YES! +1 for monoprice here as well. I get practically all of my cables/adapters/random av stuff from there. I got the wall mount for my 46" tv for only $30. and it's of better quality than most that cost $200.
    Shameless plug, but I can't help but to agree.
    I would actually recommend getting the DVI connector, since it's just hdmi minus audio. You could get a minidvi to hdmi adapter for relatively cheap (http://tr.im/yMk9) or, what i actually did, you can get a dvi to hdmi adapter for less, because apple is actually generous enough to include that minidvi to dvi adapter (http://tr.im/yMkb). use the dvi port over the displayport for sure though, they're practically the same format, whereas with displayport, you have to go through a conversion process, and sometimes it screws up.
    I have the displayport to vga on my imac and the minidvi to dvi to hdmi on my mac mini, i'll definitely say that the mac mini is easier to setup with the tv than the imac.
     

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