SOLVED: Second monitor - getting the cabling right

Discussion in 'Mac mini' started by fatboyhouston, Jan 22, 2015.

  1. fatboyhouston, Jan 22, 2015
    Last edited: Jan 27, 2015

    fatboyhouston macrumors member


    Nov 6, 2014
    Hi, this seems to be a common question, but I haven't quite found the answer yet. Maybe we need a sticky on recommended dual monitor setups?

    I've got a Mini 2012 with a Benq GL2450 monitor attached to the HDMI port. Looks great to me.

    I'd like to use my old Acer V193W as a second monitor. It only has VGA input so I'm guessing I need a MDP to VGA adaptor. Plenty of these available for £5, but I've seen a YouTube video saying this won't work with a passive adaptor.

    Active adaptors seem to cost around £20, and I'm reluctant to spend that much on a monitor that will probably get replaced anyway. But it would be annoying to buy a cheap one that doesn't work, and then have to buy an expensive one too.

    Can anybody please clarify whether I really need an active adaptor, or even better, specify the cabling that works for them in this situation?

  2. fatboyhouston thread starter macrumors member


    Nov 6, 2014
    Just in case anyone stumbles across this thread whilst researching the same thing...

    Amazon basics MDP-to-VGA adaptor works fine. Looks like active adaptors aren't needed when using the MDP port.

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