New Aluminum Mac Mini 1080p/i to vizio output is bad quality.

Discussion in 'Mac mini' started by LoganS, Jul 10, 2010.

  1. LoganS macrumors newbie

    Jul 10, 2010
    I purchased a brand new, sexy as hell aluminum last week. I hooked it up to a Vizio VA220E. It lists that it will work with 1080i video, but it does recognize the difference between 1080p and 1080i video.

    Problem is that it looks really really crappy on the screen. It's grainy and looks like it's been stretched across the screen. The screen can be really kickbutt quality I know this from my xbox, but i can't seem to get it to look good. I've reset the settings on the screen, messed with the settings on the screen, tried all available resolutions including 1080p/i, 720p, and everything else. I've also attempted for the last hours to find out some sort of info on the internet with nothing helping. Please, someone help.

    I'm sorry if this has been solved elsewhere, I really attempted to find the solution elsewhere. A simple link will help if it has been solved elsewhere.
  2. Beaverman3001 macrumors 6502

    May 20, 2010
    I hooked my mini up to a 19in LCDTV via HDMI for a native 1920x1080 resolution, and at first it was pretty bad. It just took A LOT of tweaking under the display settings for mine, but it sounds like you have gone through those steps already.

    The only quality problems I sometimes notice is due to interlacing, which could be a problem for you. Only suggestion I can think of his make sure your refresh rate you have set in display settings matches the tv's specifications. To be honest tvs just don't make as good of a computer display as a monitor.
  3. LoganS thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jul 10, 2010
    Well, it's only going to be a monitor for the next month or so. After that it's going to be a mediacenter on my roommate's 42inch vizio screen. He's currently in a different country on an internship. Thing is, i can't imagine this being fine on that screen if it's not fine on this screen. And people attach mac minis to HDTV's all the time. It's got an HDMI out and, to be honest, hooking this thing up to an HDTV is why I bought the damn thing.
  4. fkntotalkaos macrumors 6502

    Nov 24, 2007
    take mini to store hook up to different tv's problem solved
  5. indg macrumors 6502

    Feb 7, 2007
    your vizio hdtv is 720p with a native resolution is 1366 x 768. so if you connect it via hdmi, choose 720p. 1080i will look jittery/wavy and may look unpleasant. if you connect it via rgb (vga), select 1366x768 (if that resolution is not available, you will need a third-party app like switchresx to create it).
  6. CWallace macrumors 603


    Aug 17, 2007
    Seattle, WA
    Also try dialing down the Sharpness setting on your TV. I've seen some people note that the image quality has improved when that is done.

    I have a Sharp 40" and it looks sharp (pun) from my iMac 27" and MBP.
  7. ahankinson macrumors member

    Feb 1, 2010

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