Second monitor on new Mac mini?

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It comes with an HDMI to DVI adapter, so that's one. But is this possible:

Thunderbolt port > DP cable > DP monitor?

Or Thunderbolt port > DP cable > DP to DVI adapter > DVI monitor?
 
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You can use the HDMI port for display one and the TB port for display 2, and you can use a MDP cable or MDP adapter for the TB port.
 
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Not clear on this.

Just ordered a new mini, my first Mac. I had planned on using the HDMI port for my HD TV and am assuming I can connect my existing PC's LCD monitor via the TB port with the mini display port to DVI adapter. Is that a wrong assumption? Apple sells the adapter as an accessory when purchasing the mini.

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Just ordered a new mini, my first Mac. I had planned on using the HDMI port for my HD TV and am assuming I can connect my existing PC's LCD monitor via the TB port with the mini display port to DVI adapter. Is that a wrong assumption? Apple sells the adapter as an accessory when purchasing the mini.

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And because Thunderbolt is based on DisplayPort technology, the video standard for high-resolution displays, any Mini DisplayPort display plugs right into the Thunderbolt port. To connect a DisplayPort, DVI, HDMI, or VGA display, just use an existing adapter.
from http://www.apple.com/thunderbolt/

In other words, you can use your existing display with an MDP to DVI adapter.

Mini DisplayPort (MDP)
Mini DisplayPort is the current digital standard on all current Macs to transfer video to an external display or TV. It has been introduced in 10/2008 with the release of the Unibody MacBook and MacBook Pros and has gradually been adopted on all other Macs.
MDP is capable of transmitting video, and since 2010, audio too. MDP is a miniaturised version of DisplayPort. It is also license free and can support resolutions of up to 2560 x 1600, which Mini DVI and Micro DVI are not able to do.
MDP adapters can be bought online from:
MDP to VGA adapter from Apple
MDP to DVI adapter from Apple
MDP to Dual-Link-DVI adapter from Apple

Moshi Mini DP to HDMI Adapter with Audio Support adapter from the Apple Online Store

Mini DisplayPort + USB to Dual-Link DVI adapter from Monoprice
Mini DisplayPort to DVI adapter from Monoprice
Mini DisplayPort to VGA adapter from Monoprice
Mini DisplayPort to HDMI adapter from Monoprice - *NOTE* This product will support audio on Mac computers capable of outputting audio through mini-displayport.
Mini DisplayPort to HDMI adapter from Monoprice - *NOTE* This product does NOT support audio for Macs that outputs audio through the Mini DisplayPort.
Mini Displayport Male and USB Male/Toslink Audio to HDMI Female Converting adapter from Monoprice
Mini Displayport Male and USB Male Audio to HDMI Female Converting adapter from Monoprice - *NOTE* Will only support 2 channel stereo. Will not support 5.1 Dolby Surround like the above adapter.

Mini DisplayPort to Mini DisplayPort Cables from Monoprice
Mini DisplayPort to VGA Cables from Monoprice
Mini DisplayPort to DVI Cables from Monoprice
Mini DisplayPort to HDMI Cables from Monoprice

Also of interest: "What is "Mini DisplayPort"? Is it an industry-standard? How is it different from or better than Mini-DVI and Micro-DVI?"
 
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New2macmini

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Perfect! That clears it up for me, thanks. Now I just have to wait 7 to 10 days for delivery :( ...
 
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