Resolved: Mac Mini and Video output

Discussion in 'Mac mini' started by davidlv, Nov 20, 2011.

  1. davidlv, Nov 20, 2011
    Last edited: Nov 21, 2011

    davidlv macrumors 65816

    Apr 5, 2009
    Kyoto, Japan
    Thinking about buying a base model mini. Just tried a hand-me down monitor (19" wide screen Gateway, DVI port, 1440x900) connected to my MBP via a Mini Display port adapter (Apple) and got a very out-of sync screen that turns off quickly - goes black. Resolved by using another cable!
    The real question is will this monitor work with the Mini at that low resolution (the highest the monitor can do)?
    I don't need to connect it to MBP really, just wanted to test the DVI adapter.
    Any ideas?
  2. warvanov macrumors 6502a

    Oct 13, 2011
    I have no idea what might be causing the monitor to flip out when connected to the MBP. I don't think that the resolution should be a problem, but did you try changing the resolution to something else supported by the monitor?

    There's a good chance it will do the same thing connected to a new Mac mini the same way. You might have better luck with HDMI to DVI than with MDP to DVI but that's about all I can suggest.
  3. davidlv thread starter macrumors 65816

    Apr 5, 2009
    Kyoto, Japan
    Thanks for the reply. Resolved the issue with a new cable.:D
  4. frank4 macrumors regular


    Oct 17, 2011
    I'm using a new base mini with an old 22" 1680x1050 monitor, one thing I didn't expect and find annoying is the text fonts look too big in most apps. I frequently do "command -" to reduce fonts in Safari, there appears no way around this.

    I'm coming to the conclusion that at 22" size a resolution at least 1920x1080 is better. 19" 1440x900 may or may not be OK, that's the same pixel res as the 15" MBP.

    If you need to buy a new monitor to go with a base mini then the 21.5" iMac becomes more of an alternative.

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