Mini Video-Out (Thunderbolt) question

Discussion in 'Mac mini' started by jamesryanbell, Nov 3, 2011.

  1. jamesryanbell macrumors 68020


    Mar 17, 2009
    If I want to use a Thunderbolt External drive *AND* use a NON-Thunderbolt 27" ACD with a new Mac Mini Server, what's the best way to do that?

    (Really hoping to not hear "you can't")
  2. simsaladimbamba

    Nov 28, 2010
    You connect the TB HDD to the Mac's TB port, then connect the ACD to the TB port of the HDD, as TB is compatible with MDP.

    To learn more about Thunderbolt (TB) and its compatibility with Mini DisplayPort (MDP):
  3. jamesryanbell thread starter macrumors 68020


    Mar 17, 2009
    Great news! Thanks! :)
  4. dolphin842, Nov 3, 2011
    Last edited: Nov 3, 2011

    dolphin842 macrumors 65816

    Jul 14, 2004
    My understanding is that you *can't* chain vanilla Mini DisplayPort displays off of a Thunderbolt peripheral. You can hook up a MDP display directly to the Mac, but that 'turns off' the Thunderbolt functionality.

    EDIT: Looks like this limitation is only present on Apple's Thunderbolt Display (ironically enough). Here's a clip from a TUAW article with some details:

    So if all you're adding is a TB peripheral, you should be good.
  5. whocares macrumors 65816


    Oct 9, 2002
    Does this mean I can plug my dell monitor directly into the Thunderbolt port (using the MDP->DVI adaptor) and enjoy the native resolution of 2048x1152 that the HDMI port does not support?

    Also, will I later be able to add a Thunderbolt peripheral and plug the same monitor in to that?

  6. dolphin842 macrumors 65816

    Jul 14, 2004
    Yeah that should work. Just be sure to double-check that whatever peripheral you're looking at down the road will indeed allow for vanilla MDP passthrough.

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