touchscren monitor on the mac mini and MAC PRO ???

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  1. blue21, Sep 17, 2013
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    blue21 macrumors newbie

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    hi look i have a mac mini and i was worndering if i buy a touchscren monitor from dell hp samsung acer etc and conect it to the mac mini with a Mini-DisplayPort to vga will it display and show the image ok i know that the touch wont work but will the image, display, video or what ever you want to call it work ok??
     
  2. Pakaku macrumors 68000

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    If the touch won't work... why don't you just, uh, get a normal screen?
     
  3. blue21 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    because uh if i install windows on bootcamp then i can uh use the touch on windows and uh not have to buy 2 monitors.
     
  4. benwiggy macrumors 68020

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    I doubt a modern touch-screen monitor is going to be VGA. More likely DVI.
    But whatever it uses, if you can get a cable or adaptor between your Mac and it, then everything should work. (Except for the touch interface, unless it comes with some OS X drivers, which are likely to be flakey.)
     
  5. Padaung macrumors 6502

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    Hi, I use this Viewsonic 22" screen with Windows 8 running via Parallels 8.

    It has a VGA and DVI port on the back, but no HDMI input. I run it from a 2012 i5 Mac Mini (10Gb memory) via the HDMI port using the HDMI-->DVI adaptor supplied with the Mac. I also run a second 24" screen using the Thunderbolt port. Mac OS X on one screen and Windows on the other is pretty cool :)

    Touch needs a USB cable to work, which runs from the Mac to the screen. Touch works great with Windows 8 - first time I used the screen I had to plug the USB cable in after Win8 was already running so it knew that new hardware had been plugged in (at first I plugged everything in when just OS X was running, when Windows started it didn't detect drivers were required - I just unplugged the USB and put it back in again - drivers then installed automatically by Win8). Touch doesn't work with OS X, I had a quick look for Mac drivers but they don't seem to exist. There may be a generic Mac touch driver, but I've not looked.

    The Viewsonic has an optical touch sensor, not the capacitive system employed by iDevices and the like. This means it can only detect up to two fingers. Capacitive screens cost a lot more when I bought my screen. I only use Win 8 occasionally, so I'm fine with just 2 finger touch ability.

    Colour reproduction is okay (better after calibration), but I'm sticking with my Dell for photo retouching.
     
  6. blue21 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    thank you very much for answering my question I really appreciate it :D:):D.

    so to basically summarize this any touch screen monitor that i can connect to my mac mini using a mini displayport to vga/dvi adapter with will work perfectly on my mac as far as image/display (what ever you want to call it ) goes except the touch interface but the touch will work on windows running . on bootcamp RIGHT :) :D:).


    ONE last question i really hope you can answer it you guys have been really helpful so her it gose.
    the same applies for the MAC PRO right any touch screen monitor that i can connect to my mac pro using a mini displayport to vga/dvi adapter with will work perfectly on my mac as far as image/display goes except the touch interface but the touch will work on windows running right????
     
  7. alphaod macrumors Core

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    Actually any touch screen monitor you buy will have USB in addition to DVI/VGA/HDMI.

    This is important because Windows requires the USB as well. No touch screen works just over a video cable (theoretically it could over Thunderbolt as one cable, but there is no such monitor right now; also there are serial touch input panels are well, so don't buy those).

    That said, when connected with both video and USB. OS X has native support for both touch and pen input (the latter would come from say a Wacom Cintiq).
     
  8. back macrumors newbie

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    yes that is right any touchscreen monitor will display ok on the mac mini all you need is the mini-display port to vga/dvi adapter TO CONNECT IT just no touch interface but the touch will work ok on windows running on bootcamp like you said that is absolutely right.

    now about the mac pro I THINK ITS THE SAME THING BUT IM NOT 100% sure hopefully one of the people that have reply know the answered. let wait and find out because I'M also very interested in that question
     
  9. back macrumors newbie

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    hi there i just found this info on the net that says this :

    The way these touch screen monitors work is that they use a normal video connection for the video, and a USB connection for the touch control data.

    Therefore yes they should work as a dumb (normal) monitor on the Mac (under OS X).
    (found the info on a apple soport forum on apples official web site)

    so that answers your question if you connect a touchscreen monitor on mac pro or mac mini using a mini-display port to vga/dvi adapter it will work as a normal monitor on mac os and display ok and yes you will be able to use the touch interface on windows 8 running it on bootcamp, Parallels or a virtual mechine .

    this answers your question and resolves the subject. :D
     
  10. Che Castro macrumors 603

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    Won't your arms get tired after a while

    With a touch screen monitor
     
  11. blue21 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    thank you to everybody that answered now i know :)
    i guess my hands will get tired after a while but for me it all way's good to have a touchscreen on your mac even if the touch only works 100% on windows running on bootcamp and as long as it displays ok on os x (on mac mini or mac pro ) it all good.


    thanks again to everybody for clearing up my doubts
     

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