New monitor connectivity question

crmoores

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Hello all,
I'll preface this with a warning that I am horribly behind times on current systems so beware!

I have an older Mac Mini with a mini display port and an HDMI port. I just purchased an Asus PA248Q 24" LED-lit LCD monitor. I connected it via a DVI connector at the monitor and an HDMI connector at the Mac mini. Is this a good connection or should I get a different adaptor and use the mini display port to DVI? I thought I'd read that HDMI --> HDMI was not an ideal situation, and that VGA is analog and not to be used.

Thanks for any help with this question
 

paulrbeers

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Dec 17, 2009
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Hello all,
I'll preface this with a warning that I am horribly behind times on current systems so beware!

I have an older Mac Mini with a mini display port and an HDMI port. I just purchased an Asus PA248Q 24" LED-lit LCD monitor. I connected it via a DVI connector at the monitor and an HDMI connector at the Mac mini. Is this a good connection or should I get a different adaptor and use the mini display port to DVI? I thought I'd read that HDMI --> HDMI was not an ideal situation, and that VGA is analog and not to be used.

Thanks for any help with this question
Sure. That's a great way to connect it. Or you could have gone MDP to DVI. As long as it is a digital to digital connection, it really doesn't matter. There have been some issues with HDMI to HDMI (sometimes monitors get pegged then as TV's), but DVI is a perfectly acceptable choice.
 

crmoores

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Mar 3, 2014
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Thanks!

On a side note, I just returned a Dell S2440L that I failed to verify was Mac-compatible before buying (it is not, of course). It was recognized as a TV and the colors were off. It looked great in the shop when hooked to a PC, and I understand there are fixes out there. But that monitor panel was extremely glossy and reflective in my environment. I love the PA248Q though, the 16:10 is just so much better since I'm not viewing movies, etc.
 

grandM

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Oct 14, 2013
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Thanks!

On a side note, I just returned a Dell S2440L that I failed to verify was Mac-compatible before buying (it is not, of course). It was recognized as a TV and the colors were off. It looked great in the shop when hooked to a PC, and I understand there are fixes out there. But that monitor panel was extremely glossy and reflective in my environment. I love the PA248Q though, the 16:10 is just so much better since I'm not viewing movies, etc.
Apparantly apple made sure third party screens don't look good. This thread would help: http://www.ireckon.net/2013/03/force-rgb-mode-in-mac-os-x-to-fix-the-picture-quality-of-an-external-monitor
 

crmoores

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Mar 3, 2014
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Apparantly apple made sure third party screens don't look good. This thread would help: http://www.ireckon.net/2013/03/force-rgb-mode-in-mac-os-x-to-fix-the-picture-quality-of-an-external-monitor
Yes I've seen several of these and in that regard it's just a matter of looking at supported monitors.

I have to say the panel on this Asus PA248Q is stunning, and the physical features like the stand and connectivity are like nothing else out there at that price point!
 

Fishrrman

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I use a displayport-to-VGA connection on my 27" Viewsonic 2770 -- and everything works just fine.

There's nothing inherently wrong with a digital-to-analog (DP to VGA) if it works.

Just use -whatever works best- for you, and don't worry about it.
 

crmoores

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Mar 3, 2014
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I use a displayport-to-VGA connection on my 27" Viewsonic 2770 -- and everything works just fine.

There's nothing inherently wrong with a digital-to-analog (DP to VGA) if it works.

Just use -whatever works best- for you, and don't worry about it.
I already had the dvi --> hdmi cable but I would buy another cable if it made sense.

Thanks all!
 

grandM

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Oct 14, 2013
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I hope that was sarcasm. I don't blame Apple for erroneous EDID circuitry in monitors.

Apparently, this only happens with Nvidia/Intel display drivers w/ a monitor connected via display port.

I'd love to know how the LG panel in the iMac's are connected; they seem to work fine.

I guess some things in life will remain a mystery...
No offense but why would dell shoot itself in the foot? They're renounced for their screens. Apple however has a good reason to boycot 3rd party screens. Why would dell install a mini dP if they didn't want to support macs ;)
 

grandM

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No offense takin'

Why is Apple selling a Sharp 32" PN-K321 - 4K Ultra HD LED Monitor to go with the MacPro if there boycotting 3rd party screens?

I don't believe for a moment that theres some conspiracy going on; I do believe thats its a bug of some sort; and I think it's crept into the EDID's.
probably sharp pays a fee to apple...

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