Mac Mini with dual monitors help

Discussion in 'Mac mini' started by jerkstore99, Aug 14, 2013.

  1. jerkstore99 macrumors member

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    I have a mid 2011 Mac Mini and have been using the DVI to HDMI connector for my monitor. I recently got a 2nd monitor and bought a VGA to Mini Displayport connector. I connected the 2nd monitor and nothing happened.

    I then tried the same monitor with the same connector on my Macbook Air and the monitor instantly was recognized. So I don't know if there is a problem with the Mac Mini or if I am missing something. I would appreciate anyone's help!
     
  2. omvs macrumors 6502

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    I've got a 2011 Mac mini (w/ ATI 6630) and used in that configuration in the past. It *should* work.

    Just out of curiosity, did you try the MDP->VGA without the first monitor attached? If that doesn't work, i'd suspect a problem with the machine, given the adapter works on your other machine.

    Can you do MDP->HDMI or MDP->DVI instead, or is your monitor VGA-only? DVI or HDMI would give you a cleaner signal...

    BTW: My mini gets noticeably hotter with 2 monitors attached - I think it pushes the video card into a higher power mode even when idle. Shouldn't be a problem, but you might want to be aware of it.
     
  3. MrGIS macrumors regular

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    Please detail the resolutions your are trying to display... Any other details would be helpful.
     
  4. SuperPolli macrumors regular

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    Same Issue

    Literally the same scenario. Same machine, same sequence of events. It happened a lot when I first installed the adapter about a year ago. Now it only happens occasionally. I thought it might be a problem with the graphics card. I reported it to Apple but they said it was a unique event and they couldn't help me.
     
  5. sarahcoles macrumors newbie

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    HDMI cables

    I think that the problem must be in the connector which you have used.Use better quality HDMI connector then you may not get any problems.
     

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