Mini + Windows 7 + HTPC + HDMI/MDP Audio?

Discussion in 'Mac mini' started by klas, May 7, 2009.

  1. klas macrumors newbie

    Feb 28, 2008
    I am considering to make the jump to Mini and make it a dedicated HTPC, but I am not finding one answer to the question I have. Basically, we all know that OSX doesn't pass audio via MDP port, but has anyone tried it with Windows?
  2. amelsen macrumors member

    Apr 5, 2009
    It is called a mini DISPLAY port for a reason.. there is nothing you can do that will make it pass audio through that port....
  3. AVR2 macrumors 6502

    Jan 16, 2006
    The full-size DisplayPort connector certainly allows for passing audio as well as video, although it's optional as to whether or not a device manufacturer actually uses it to send audio alongside the video.

    The Mini DisplayPort has the same number (and designation) of pins as the full-sized DisplayPort, so Apple hasn't removed any connections as a result of shrinking it down. Hence there's presumably no barrier to implementing audio via MDP beyond Apple's own choice.
  4. klas thread starter macrumors newbie

    Feb 28, 2008
    ok, that still doesn't answer my question. Can you pass audio if you install Windows 7 on a mini?
  5. michael.lauden macrumors 68020


    Dec 25, 2008
    if you are talking about the owners MacBook you'd be right. but he's talking about his Mac mini. read before you post

    if you aren't talking about a Mac mini. then you are confusing.
  6. iLog.Genius macrumors 601


    Feb 24, 2009
    Toronto, Ontario
    How about this, on any of the Mac lines, Mini DisplayPort will not output audio even if you install Windows 7 (I am not aware of any driver/support that allows audio to pass through).
  7. klas thread starter macrumors newbie

    Feb 28, 2008
    okay, so this was already tried before?
  8. Cave Man macrumors 604

    Cave Man

    Feb 12, 2007
    Neander Valley, Germany; just outside Duesseldorf
    It is unknown if the hardware in the Mini supports audio over DisplayPort, but certainly if it exists Apple has disabled it. No surprise there, given Apple's history of such disablings. I also doubt that Boot Camp has drivers for it, either. So unless you can find Windows drivers that would work with Apple's technology (highly unlikely), then it's not going to work over Windows, either.
  9. massossong1 macrumors newbie

    May 10, 2009
    Mac mini

    a friend of mine who has a Mac mini, power mac 10.... he and i could not download any website to this Mac machine as it said that the installation does not exist...

    i dont understand... Please help me to resolve this.

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