my mini's max resolution output

Discussion in 'Mac mini' started by bigdumbgirl, May 15, 2008.

  1. bigdumbgirl macrumors newbie

    May 15, 2008
    I went and bought a nice widescreen LCD monitor today, hooked it up to my mini and got super excited to be able to watch dvds on my spiffy new monitor. When I went to my system preferences to change the resolution settings to what my monitor's box said, everything went black and I got a "no signal" message that wouldn't go away no matter what I tried. So I returned it and the guy at the store said my mini may not be able to output at that resolution and it was a mac problem. He also said that most likely ANY LCD monitor I buy at this point will be too bling for my 3yo mini to handle. Is this guy for real?

    How do I find out the max resolution output of my mini? This is what it is:

    Machine Model: Mac mini
    CPU Type: PowerPC G4 (1.2)
    Number Of CPUs: 1
    CPU Speed: 1.42 GHz
    L2 Cache (per CPU): 512 KB
    Memory: 256 MB
    Bus Speed: 167 MHz
    Boot ROM Version: 4.8.9f1

    I'm not ready to buy a new mac quite yet; I just want to get rid of this 50lb CRT monitor. Any advice?
  2. old-wiz macrumors G3

    Mar 26, 2008
    West Suburban Boston Ma
    I have virtually the same Mac mini (but with 512 memory), and it is now driving a Dell 2005FPW monitor at 1680x1050. Not all resolutions shown on sys pref may work with a specific monitor though. Sometimes the video card might have a resolution that the display does not. The display is set for millions of colors and I can watch DVDs on it with no problem.
  3. bigdumbgirl thread starter macrumors newbie

    May 15, 2008
    Since both me and the guy at the store tried hooking up the monitor with the VGA cord, do you think that could've been the problem? Neither of us tried the DVI cord.

    BTW, the monitor I bought was a Sceptre 20" X20WG with 1680 x 1050 resolution.
  4. Chundles macrumors G4


    Jul 4, 2005
    The maximum resolution of all Mac minis is 1920x1200.
  5. old-wiz macrumors G3

    Mar 26, 2008
    West Suburban Boston Ma
    Try DVI.

    aha... I use the DVI interface. It might not work with VGA.
  6. pacmania1982 macrumors 6502a


    Nov 19, 2006
    Birmingham, UK

    Video Card/Chipset: ATI Radeon 9200 4X AGP

    VRAM: 32 MB

    Max Resolution: 24 bit, 1920x1200 (DVI) 1920 x 1080 (VGA)

    Video Out: DVI (VGA adapter included)'


  7. fhall1 macrumors 68040


    Dec 18, 2007
    (Central) NY State of mind
    An Intel Mini will do 1920 x 1200 with either VGA or DVI...I've tried both hooked to my Soyo 24" LCd
  8. cw2k7 macrumors member

    Jan 18, 2008
    G4 1.25 Mac Mini will run at 1920x1200 but will have some video glitches when running somethings full screen (frontrow, vlc when onscreen controller appears)

    The G4 Mini has issues with 1680x1050 when using DVI with some monitors, it will work with VGA.

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