Mini and iPad monitor

Discussion in 'Mac mini' started by roycemac, Nov 29, 2013.

  1. roycemac macrumors member

    Nov 6, 2007
    I just got a new Mac Mini running Mavericks and intend to use it with my Ipad IOS 7 as the monitor.
    I loaded the Air Display drivers into the mini and downloaded the Air Display app to the Ipad.
    I used my LCD TV via hdmi to have a monitor to do the setup.
    Works great....until I try to start it up without a monitor plugged into the mini.
    I can unplug the monitor once I am running but at the next startup it won't work withoutnthenmonitor physically attached to the mini.

    I have Mirror turned on to make the ipad show the desktop because without it I get the screensaver on the ipad with no dock....making the ipad an extension of the monitor.

    Am I missing something. I didn't think the mirror would be dependent on the physical presence of the monitor.
  2. mvmanolov macrumors 6502a

    Aug 27, 2013
    you need to set it up as a headless system. check out the macminicolo website. they sell the adapter but you could make it yourself. just google it :D
  3. roycemac thread starter macrumors member

    Nov 6, 2007
    visited that site but cannot see where using the mac mini as a server would be help to me, since that is not what I am doing.
    Any other thoughts that are more specific?

    I sent a note to Avatron but have not heard back yet.
  4. roycemac thread starter macrumors member

    Nov 6, 2007
    MV, I finally found the article on making the dongle to fool the mac mini into thinking a monitor connected. Thank you!

    I am running my Mac Mini with my mini iPad as the display using Air Display from Avatron.

    I used a 100 ohm resistor (I couldn't find an 85 ohm as the article suggests) and here are the results:
    When I start the Mac Mini with the dongle, I get an incomplete screen on the iPad...Wave & top tool bar but no dock. When I force the mouse to the bottom of the screen, the dock appears, but I cannot open all of the apps.
    If I pull out the resistor from the dongle, the full resolution appears and all screen operations are perfect.
    If I re-insert the resistor, the screen goes back to being income,eye and unresponsive.
    If I allow it to go into sleep mode, everything comes back normally.
    Any thoughts?

    Anyways...there is a bit of a lag in response. Coupled with the Bluetooth keyboard it is a little annoying but nothing I cannot deal with to have an extremely tiny footprint on my desk! I have a strong wifi network at home.

    I look forward to picking up an older iPad to use as a display which is considerably larger than my mini-Ipad. Everything is relative!
    I see that they"re all over the place for about $100 in good condition so the search is on for a good candidate.

    Thanks again for the got me up & running and I now have enough space on my desk for.....PAPER...!
  5. mvmanolov macrumors 6502a

    Aug 27, 2013
    i'm happy i could help :D
    i do think that the issue may be with the difference between the 85 and 100 ohm resistors. try and find a 85ohm one and see what happens.

    radioshack/source should have something like that. if not go to a electronics store that sells to electricians :D

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