Mac Mini video question, which is better

Discussion in 'Mac mini' started by aleicgrant, Jan 28, 2008.

  1. aleicgrant macrumors newbie

    Jan 28, 2008
    I have a new mac mini that I want to connect to my plasma. The plasma is 1080p capable but I was curious, which connection is preferred, vga or DVI.

    Is one less likely to have overscan etc than the other.

    Also, if I run the mini through a receiver that has video switching (Onkyo NR-905) will the mini work.


    P.S. total newbie to mac and mini.
  2. dbam987 macrumors regular

    Aug 27, 2007
    DVI is the preferred way. I don't think VGA can output 1080p.
  3. aleicgrant thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jan 28, 2008
    got ya

    ok I have it going from the mini via dvi/hdmi into my receiver. Ordered the toslink adapter. And then video out from the receiver to my plasma. Unfortunately I get a blue screen.

    hmmmmmmmm I wonder if the edid is getting messed up when going through the receiver. I have my PS3, 360 and DTV through the receiver with no issue.
  4. tehybrid macrumors member

    Nov 21, 2006
    HDMI is the standard perfecto atm but all it is is a rebranded DVi so if you use DVi youll be set
  5. bacaramac macrumors 65816


    Dec 29, 2007
    When I tried hooking my MM up to my 42" Hitachi Plasma with an AR Pro Series II DVI to HDMI dongle and a AR Pro Series II HDMI cable, it wouldn't work. Read some other stuff on Mac Rumors, there are programs that you can get to manually adjust the Graphic card settings, but I choose not to and used the VGA/PC port if I need to hook it up. Sounds like it is hit or miss on the HDMI working based on brands, etc.

    One thing I didn't try was the XTREMEHD cables that are sold on where the HDMI to DVI is one cable to see if that made a difference. Guessing not, but worth a shot.

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