Trouble Hooking mac mini up to hdtv

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by travisjacques, Jul 8, 2009.

  1. travisjacques macrumors member

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    I tried hooking my mac mini up to my samsung HDTV (VGA cable) and it worked at first, but the picture wasn't the resolution i liked so i decided to change it. I ended up changing it to a resolution that wasnt supported (woops). Now when i plug it into the TV, the desktop shows up momentarily and then the TV flashes "Mode not supported". Is there any way to remedy this? i tried hooking up my 20" computer monitor but you can only change the settings for that specific monitor. Would another input option help? I'm lost.
     
  2. Makosuke macrumors 603

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    You should be able to boot with a different resolution by holding down the Shift key when the computer starts, to get into Safe Mode. At that point you can set it to a supported resolution, which should stick through a reboot.

    If that doesn't work, reset PRAM first (command-option-P-R on boot until it chimes a couple of times) to get a default resolution, THEN hold down shift.

    Incidentally, if your TV has an HDMI input port, you should get better quality using a DVI-HDMI cable to hook your Mini up. That's how I run my similar setup.
     
  3. travisjacques thread starter macrumors member

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    Great advice. I will try both of these methods today when i get home from work. Thank you
     
  4. iAlexG macrumors 6502

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    DVI would be better as VGA = Analog signal and DVI = Digital signal. But i u want to use a HDMI adapter and you want sound you would need this
    Unless you don't want sound or have already got something similar
     

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