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

    fatboyhouston

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    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?

    Thanks.
     
  2. fatboyhouston thread starter macrumors member

    fatboyhouston

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    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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