MacMini with Samsung 24 inch monitor ?

Discussion in 'Mac mini' started by lemarqq, Aug 29, 2010.

  1. lemarqq macrumors newbie

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    Hello. I wanna get the new MacMini, and just wanted to ask you if i can use it with a "normal" PC monitor.
    I have the Samsung 2443BW.
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16824001294
    I can't afford now the Led Apple Display, so i wanna keep my monitor.
    What do you think, guys ?
    Thanks in advance.
     
  2. SDub90 macrumors 6502a

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    All you'll need is a DVI adaptor and you'll be good to go.
     
  3. lemarqq thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Thanks.
    I asked that because i know that Apple harware are a bit different.
    And i think this monitor was "designed" for PC's.
     
  4. cube macrumors G5

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    Check out that the monitor you buy has control buttons and an OSD. Avoid monitors than can only be controlled by some Windows software.

    This is one of the problems with Apple monitors. They can only be controlled with Mac software.
     
  5. lemarqq thread starter macrumors newbie

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    I have this monitor :
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16824001323
    I don't understand what do you mean ( OSD ? ) on-screen display , so ??
     
  6. cube macrumors G5

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    On-Screen display means that this control panel is provided by the monitor, not a computer. Nothing needs to be attached to it besides power. This panel is controlled by physical buttons on the monitor.

    Google for reviews of what you are interested in buying, to find out how it works.
     
  7. lemarqq thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Yes, there are physical buttons on the monitor.
    I already have this monitor.There is a lot of options,in MENU:
    Picture, Color, Size&Position, Setup and Reset ,Information...
    So, how can i find out if it's okay ??:D
     
  8. cube macrumors G5

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    The new Mac mini has:
    - mini DisplayPort
    - HDMI

    - To connect to normal DisplayPort, you just need a miniDisplayPort to DisplayPort cable.
    - To connect to single-link DVI, you just need an HDMI to DVI cable. If your monitor has a DVI-I connector, any DVI fits. If the monitor has a DVI-D connector, only DVI-D fits. If a monitor has only a DVI-A connector (weird), this is only for analog signals (VGA).
    - To connect to dual-link DVI, you need a miniDP to dual-link DVI adapter
    - To connect to VGA, you need a miniDP to VGA adapter.
    - To connect to analog DVI (DVI-A), you need a miniDP to VGA adapter + a cheap VGA to DVI adapter.

    - You can fit a DVI-D male into a DVI-I or DVI-D female.
    - You can fit a DVI-A male into a DVI-I or DVI-A female.
    - You can only fit a DVI-I male into a DVI-I female.
    - A DVI dual male does not fit in a DVI single female.

    DVI-I is DVI-A + DVI-D (single)

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Digital_Visual_Interface
     
  9. mangrove macrumors 6502

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    Keep in mind the 2010 mini's come with an HDMI to DVI Adapter.:D
     
  10. TTarkas macrumors newbie

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    My mini works great with regular non-apple monitor. monitor has hdmi port, and the mini seems very responsive even at 1920 * 1200.

    I don't think I can drive any 3d games with full detail and full resolution, but for desktop computing, it seems great.
     
  11. mangrove macrumors 6502

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    I have my 2009 running an HP ZR30w 2560x1600 just fine. I use my 2010 connected to an HDTV (even for typing this in exploded view from 12 feet away) and it is clear as a bell on a 60".
     
  12. shadowarachh macrumors member

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    are you using the dvi-d adapter or a different input on the 30"?
     
  13. mangrove macrumors 6502

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    I got a dual-link DVI-D with the monitor, but did not know when I ordered it that it came with all needed cables.

    So, before receiving the ZR30w, I had ordered a 6 foot Mini DisplayPort to DisplayPort cable for $15.00 from KanexLive. It works great.
     
  14. tekkierich macrumors member

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    I have a mid 2009 mini on a Samsung 2433BW. Works great with the DVI adapter! Don't know what the slight rev on the model number changes with what you are buying, likely nothing.
     
  15. tekkierich macrumors member

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    I have a mid 2009 mini on a Samsung 2433BW. Works great with the DVI adapter! Don't know what the slight rev on the model number changes with what you are buying, likely nothing.
     
  16. d21mike macrumors 68040

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    I tried using the new HDMI input on my Samsung P2570HD (pretty sure that is the model). I could not get it to look right. Finally gave up and used the PC IN Port and now it sees it as SyncMaster and looks great. Would have been nice if HDMI worked as well.
     
  17. mangrove macrumors 6502

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    If you ever try the HDMI again take a look at adjusting display under system preferences. That over/under scan slider did the trick for me.
     

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