Using both HDMI and display port?

Discussion in 'Mac mini' started by Gjwilly, Mar 12, 2016.

  1. Gjwilly macrumors 68030

    May 1, 2011
    SF Bay Area
    I've got a mini hooked up to our TV via HDMI but I almost always use it via screen sharing with the TV either off or switched to a different HDMI input. In this scenario I think that the GPU in the mini is inactive and that the CPU handles everything.
    If I get one of those headless display port adapters that fool the mini into using its GPU will that effect my ability to use the HDMI on those instances when I do actually want to use the TV?
  2. jpietrzak8 macrumors 65816


    Feb 16, 2010
    Dayton, Ohio
    Hmm. Well, having a "fake" monitor plugged into a Mini Displayport port and a real TV plugged into the HDMI port should be no different than having two real monitors plugged into the Mac, and that certainly works fine. (I'm looking at two monitors plugged into my Mini at this moment.)

    What I'm more surprised about is why you would even need the adapter in the first place. If you've got a monitor (or TV) plugged into the HDMI port, even if it is off, I think the Mini should be able to recognize that a monitor is plugged in. In which case, you really shouldn't need the "headless" adapter at all.

    I suppose a quick test would be, examine the screen sharing performance when the HDMI is plugged in to the Mini (and the TV is off), as compared to when the HDMI cord is disconnected from the Mini. I'll bet you that having a switched-off TV plugged into the Mini is just as good as having a dummy adapter plugged in would be. (If both options are obviously slower than when the TV is being used as the computer's monitor, then my apologies for being completely off-base here. :) )
  3. tagumcity, Mar 13, 2016
    Last edited: Mar 13, 2016

    tagumcity macrumors member

    May 11, 2015
    Scottsdale, Arizona
    I'm running two 23 inch screens using the HDMI & TB and with Airplay through :apple:TV to a 42 inch TV as a 3rd screen.

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