Mac Mini Support Dual Monitors?

Discussion in 'Mac mini' started by Harlowgold1, Mar 4, 2009.

  1. Harlowgold1 macrumors regular


    Jul 14, 2008
    Ohio - GO BUCKEYES!
    My brother and I are disagreeing over the new MAC Mini and the two video cable connections on the back. He said it will support dual monitors and I said it is just a different type of connection for one monitor. Who is right?

    Thanks - Jenny:D
  2. Eidorian macrumors Penryn


    Mar 23, 2005
    Two monitors but over different connectors/adapters.
  3. Tesselator macrumors 601


    Jan 9, 2008
    Apple says it has 2 video ports and with an adaptor on one of the (non-standard) ports two LCD monitors can be connected.
  4. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere


    May 16, 2008
    Also, from
  5. stevo8 macrumors 6502

    Jul 3, 2007
    Does that mean both monitors will display the exact same thing or can they be used seperately like you can with a mb/mbp/iMac?
  6. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere


    May 16, 2008
    Did you read my post?
  7. upaymeifixit macrumors 6502a


    Feb 13, 2009
    Your brother.

    Your brother is right. It will support duel monitors. Just over the two different connections. He said it.
  8. PaulexPC macrumors member

    Jun 4, 2008
    So is the the recommended method to use two DVI monitors at the same time?

    Connect monitor #1 with the Mini DVI to DVI adapter
    Connect monitor #2 with the mini-displayport to DVI adapter


    Sorry if it seems obvious, but I am fairly new to Mac.
  9. hipsheik macrumors regular

    Feb 27, 2008
  10. vns macrumors newbie

    Jun 22, 2010
    What I really would like to know is if those two displays can be/are separated? For example, if I put a DVD in Mac Mini, will it start playing automatically on one display, while I have computer on the other display, without me dragging the window from one monitor to the other one?

    Or Netflix or Hulu, for example, can we set up Mac Mini to play it on specific display?


    P.S. I read GGJstudios' reply. Cheers.
  11. iGrant macrumors 6502a

    Sep 20, 2006
    Yes you can setup it up to do all those things. I know OS X can handle it as I have done it for my father's Mac Pro, I don't see any reason the Mac Mini can't do it, its all software based at that point, not hardware.

  12. cherry su macrumors 65816

    cherry su

    Feb 28, 2008
    Yes, this will work. No worries :)
  13. vns macrumors newbie

    Jun 22, 2010
    Thanks for your answers, I really appreciate it.
  14. turbobass macrumors 6502

    May 25, 2010
    Los Angeles
    I can confirm that this is the case as I currently have the setup now -- HDMI and MiniDisplay port, both adapted to DVI into 2 Dell UltraSharp U2711 27" monitors. The desktop is successfully spanned across both monitors, even though they are hung in an up/down configuration (using the monitor controls to flip one display I believe).

    What I don't think anyone here knows is (but am hoping they do:)): Is there a performance bonus you can get by instead a 3rd party device to use just one of the display ports on the back of the Mac Mini (either HDMI or MiniDisplayPort) instead of using both HDMI and MiniDisplayport at once? I've noticed a little sluggishness with the Mini in this new configuration and I want to see if I can put the burden of that on an external device.
  15. ActionableMango macrumors G3


    Sep 21, 2010
    I've noticed a sluggishness even with one monitor when I use it as a rotated display. Based on that experience, I'd suspect your rotated "upside down" monitor.
  16. weirdwilbur macrumors newbie

    May 11, 2010
    CRT Monitor?

    My Mac mini runs an LCD monitor. I turn off the mini and throw a toggle to get it to run a 2006 HP CRT in another room. Lately that choreography has become unhandy. Is it possible that both monitors could be run simultaneously from a Y connector, or simply use both ports? I know only that electricity is too weird for me.
  17. Heilage macrumors 68030


    May 1, 2009
    How do you get 2560x1440 over HDMI?
  18. Stan Mikulenka macrumors 6502

    Nov 20, 2009
    Calgary, Canada
    how about this:

    Attached Files:

  19. Xil3 macrumors regular

    Oct 4, 2007
  20. JWalker1995 macrumors regular

    Mar 5, 2011
    Would a mac mini work fine on dual monitors or would you upgrade to 4 or 8gb RAM
  21. user52839307 macrumors newbie


    Apr 3, 2011
    My multi-display setup

    Just to weigh in, I have two displays attached to my mac mini. One DVI monitor to the mini DVI port and my television to the HDMI port. Works great, I can watch hulu/netflix on my 32" screen.

    It works best if I do not mirror the displays as they are set to different resolutions. I set the monitor to 1680x1050 and the TV display to 1080p.
  22. iPhisch macrumors 6502

    Jun 22, 2010
  23. jkoe macrumors newbie

    Jun 17, 2011
    USB to DVI? Up to 6 monitors?

    Has anyone tried this device? According to the website it can support up to 6 monitors (two through the standard monitor methods, I assume, plus one each for each of the USB ports which means, of course, if you use 6 monitors, you can't use the USB ports for anything else...).
  24. dcoulson macrumors member

    Aug 21, 2010
    I don't have that specific adapter, but I have one using the same chipset which OWC sells... Works great for most applications, but is horrible with video and flash. I've only done one DisplayLink adapter, with the two video ports on my Mini - Never gone to four or above.
  25. gene77 macrumors newbie

    Mar 6, 2012
    Question specific to 2007 2,1 model Mac Mini

    Hello all,

    I'm new to this forum and going through all the posts I see that everyone is mostly talking about the 2009+ Mac Mini models.

    I have an older one (2007 2,1 model Mac Mini) - is there anyway I can use this with dual monitors?

    My aim is to (if possible) connect an HDTV for my kids in addition to the existing 22 inch Viewsonic monitor for my own work.

    From what I know, I only have a DVI port .... thanks for reading!

Share This Page