new mini ... short monitor cable. WTH!

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  1. MattyO, Aug 15, 2011
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    MattyO macrumors regular

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    Have to admit that after waiting 3 weeks for my new mini to turn up (I live on a tiny island in the pacific) that I was pissed :mad: when I saw how short the monitor cable is. Now I have to hope that the store has an adapter for it so that I can finally use the mini. If not, I'll have to wait another week or so to get one delivered in the mail.

    Very disappointed, but I am sure that once I manage to get the right cable that I will love the thing. :)

    My monitor is an LG 26' 1080P

    Should have checked the apple site beforehand to see what was in the box. my fault.
     
  2. GGJstudios, Aug 15, 2011
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    That's not a monitor cable. It's an adapter. From Mac mini - Technical Specifications:
    There are other cables and adapters on the Apple Store site:
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  3. MattyO thread starter macrumors regular

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    gotcha. Yeah. I am not a computer guy and thought I would be able to "plug and play" so to speak.

    Just checked and on the back of my monitor it has a DVI input and a DSUB input. Which is better to use to get the most out of the monitor or are they the same?

    thanks for any help.
     
  4. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

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    Any DVI cable should work quite well. Here's a few to get your search started.
     
  5. MattyO thread starter macrumors regular

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    Thanks so much for your help. Will check the store here on then island first. Fingers crossed they have it. Otherwise will have to wait another week or so.
     
  6. GrendelsBane macrumors newbie

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    Any DVI cable should work, with the supplied adaptor plugged into a USB port.

    However, I would recommend not using the supplied adaptor and getting a Mini Display Port to DVI cable. That way you're using the proper video out port and not the USB port. These cables are NOT available at the Apple store, but can be found easily online fairly cheaply,eg:

    http://www.macfixit.com.au/shop/index.php?_a=viewProd&productId=1218

    I got a Mini Display Port to Display Port cable from them for $19 to connect my 2011 mini to a 24" Dell and it works beautifully.

    Have fun!
     
  7. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

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    The supplied adapter plugs into the HDMI port, not a USB port. USB ports have nothing to do with the Mac mini's display connectivity.
     
  8. mr.steevo macrumors 65816

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    ???

    Is your monitor a television? Otherwise wouldn't your computer monitor come with cables?
     
  9. MattyO thread starter macrumors regular

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    No its a 26 inch LG Flatron 1920 X 1200 computer monitor. It has a DVI input and a DSUB input.
     
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    But it didn't come with cables?
     
  11. MattyO thread starter macrumors regular

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    Do you mean an HDMI to DVI? I don't think the 2011 mini has display port inputs ...
     
  12. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

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    No, it may have come with a DVI to DVI cable, which you can plug into the HDMI to DVI adapter that came with your mini.
     
  13. MattyO, Aug 15, 2011
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    I bought it used but the guy previously used it with his PC. He gave me a 15 pin (VGA?) cable and what looks like a USB cable with a squarish plug at the other end (it has a usb symbol on it). It looks like it goes into the monitor but I didn't think you could a USB port with a monitor. Can you?

    Sorry I have no idea what the correct names are for these cables as I said I am computer illiterate.
     
  14. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

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    Most common video interfaces on external computer displays and TVs
     
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    VGA Cable end - http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/8/81/Vga-cable.jpg

    DVI Cable end - http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/3/37/Dvi-cable.jpg

    Figure out which one of those would fit into the back of your monitor - it is most likely the DVI. If so, get yourself a DVI cable. They are cheap and plentiful :)

    As for the USB, your monitor probably has some USB ports on the side or something to plug things into - that port on the back is to go to the computer so that the ports can be attached to your computer.
     
  16. MattyO, Aug 15, 2011
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    Thanks for everyones help. I'll head up to the electronics store later and see what they have.

    looks like my monitor comes with a VGA input and a DVI input.
     
  17. MattyO thread starter macrumors regular

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    Belkin HDMI - DVI

    All the store had was a Belkin HDMI - DVI. I guess this will work though it was 40 bucks, which I thought was a bit steep.

    Is Belkin a good brand? Or are there better cheaper alternatives?
     
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    The Belkin is fine, but as you said just over priced. The bottom line is are you now up and running?

    What's your thoughts on the mini?
     
  19. MattyO thread starter macrumors regular

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    I'm actually at work right now so have to wait till I get home to check teh mini out. very excited. I am sure it is going to blow my 5-6 year old Powerbook G4 out of the water.

    I am going to order an AMC cable off of newegg for 19 bucks and take this one back though as the Belkin one had some pretty bad reviews ...
     
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    Sounds like a smart move to save yourself some bucks!

    Oh Yeah, you are going to love this new mini, little doubt about it. hehehe
     
  21. Mr.C macrumors 601

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    The Thunderbolt connection can also be used as a mini display port.
     
  22. MattyO, Aug 17, 2011
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    Finally managed to get the mini set up and going.

    Had a few problems synching my dell BT mouse, but went to the store and bought a usb magic mouse for set up. Seems like a lot of people had problems with BT keyboards and their mice.

    Wow, this mini rocks. Huge difference to my 6 year old powerbook g4. loving this thing.
     
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    Thank you so much for the info, I'm considering buying the mini and now I know what I need.
     

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