VGA Monitor not working with Mac Mini

Discussion in 'Mac mini' started by macuser154, Apr 27, 2010.

  1. macuser154 macrumors 6502

    Jan 17, 2009
    I have a VGA HP monitor that runs at a native resolution of 1680x1050 at 60Hz. I plugged the Mini in, some weird resolution came up. 1680x1050 didn't show up in "Displays". I downloaded SwitchResX, and set it to 1680x1050 at 60Hz.

    The resolution is now set, but the monitor is very blurry, and the dock extends beyond the bottom of the screen.

    I really want to get this working. I'm not quite sure how SwitchResX works so could anybody give me a hand?
  2. MacHamster68 macrumors 68040


    Sep 17, 2009
    no need to set it to the native resolution of your monitor modern monitors can display more then the native resolution , just use the one you like most , detect display and chose the one you would prefer the mini usually gives you then a couple to chose what he thinks its best to display on that monitor
    then it wont be blurry and the dock will be where it should be :)

    with switchresx you have a wider range of resolutions , but not all of them will be supported by the minis graphic card , it will display any resolution you put in there up to the max res of the mini , but the result may look like what you see now

    for example i have second display on my eMac and the eMac itself is set to 1280x960 but the monitor as its a small widescreen 15 inch could maybe display the same resolution, but the eMac ofers me only 1280x800 as max res for that display and this resolution is perfect displayed , i dont want a blurry and unusable display ,like my eMac the mini will detect the display and offer you the resolutions thats best to display
    sure you can use switchresx to force any resolution ..but why ? the mini knows what he can display very well

    unless of course if you want certain apps in different resolutions , maybe for word docs 1024x768 but for photoshop you would like 1280x960 , then switchresx comes handy as it will automaticly change the res depending on app you open
  3. CubeHacker macrumors 65816


    Apr 22, 2003
    1.) Are you using the Mini-DVI -> VGA adapter? The Mini-Displayport -> VGA adapter is known to have issues.

    2.) Does the monitor support DVI? Almost every LCD panel made since 2005 supports DVI. Try using that instead.

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