set up new mini 2012 with Dell U2412m

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  1. kvncrw46 macrumors newbie

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    Forgive my return to this forum for what I suppose Will reveal my technological incompetence. I have an unboxed Mac Mini 2012 and a relatively new Dell U2412m. Thanks to the answers from another question earlier on this forum, I will connect them via HDMI. I fear I am faced with a chicken and egg dilemma. I think I can set the input source on the Dell from the OSD independent of the Mac Mini. I suppose my simple question is, what issues may arise when I try and set up the Mac Mini and how would I resolve them? Thanks in advance.
     
  2. D.T. macrumors 603

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    I don't suspect you'll have any issues. Just select the input type from the display controls [on the monitor], the Mini will output to the HDMI just fine.
     
  3. DeltaMac macrumors 604

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    The Dell display will likely be set to autoselect whatever input is connected to it. You might have some choices about color settings, in the OSD. Give it a try without changing anything. That may give you a picture that is just fine.
    I have a slightly older S2340M, connected to a 2012 mini. Works great for me.

    To address your last question - It's hard to predict what issues you may get (and there may be no issues at all :D ), so setup your mini, then as issues appear (if any), return here. There's plenty of folks who can help you out.
     
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    kvncrw46 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Thanks, D.T. and DeltaMac.
     
  5. alisalem macrumors member

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    I have the same setup like yours and I recommend using DVI over HDMI.

    HDMI lets OS X treat the display as a TV and forces it to use a color mode called YCbCr instead of the correct RGB. The colors will look slightly washed out and inaccurate.

    Someone created a tool to force RGB, but since the U2412M comes with a DVI cable and the Mac mini has a DVI to HDMI converter, then better use that and save yourself the trouble.
     
  6. kvncrw46, Jul 26, 2015
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    kvncrw46 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Thanks, alisalem. I just wasn't clear. I began another thread earlier asking which connection to use with the Mac mini and Dell u2412m and a vigorous debate ensued. From that discussion, I intend to use the mini's DVI HDMI converter (with a DVI to DVI cable for extra length, which alas did not come with the secondhand monitor I purchased ) to connect to the DVI port in the monitor. Hopefully, I won't have to enter the technological stratosphere that you mentioned in your helpful post. Thanks.
     
  7. kvncrw46 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Thanks again for your help. Set up went well with no issues with the Dell. Now I can"t keep my eyes off it.
     

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