Will VGA Splitter work for 2 Monitors on mini displayport to VGA on Mac Mini 2010?

Discussion in 'Mac mini' started by QuakeProd, Jan 14, 2011.

  1. QuakeProd macrumors member

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    So after numerous attempts of trial and error to get my mini displayed to my likings (going thru hdmi, dvi, vga cords and adapters that weren't cooperating for like 2 weeks straight) I was just thinking is this possible? I havent asked the genius' yet cause this just came to mind and I wanted to know if anyone had any idea about this before i go and buy something.

    I have a feeling it might, but apples new technology is so specific now. I also ask because I had a mini to DVI adapter and a genius told me i could put in a small DVI to VGA adapter and it would work for my vga monitor...and it didnt. One guy told me TODAY that it wasnt going to work because the new adapters dont work like that...wish I saw him the other day. Plus ive been down there 3-4 times within 2 days, so I need some time away...and their not close.

    Not assuming anyone is lacking visualization skills, but this is pretty much what im talking about:
    http://www.spectrumaudio.com/tripp-lite-p516-001-splitter-monitor-y-vga-xvga.html
     
  2. alust2013 macrumors 601

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    That should work if you have a MDP to VGA adapter and want the same thing on both monitors
     
  3. QuakeProd thread starter macrumors member

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    Yup, thats what im using, and assuming you mean same thing by extending the screen onto the other possible 2 monitors, thats my intent.
     
  4. philipma1957 macrumors 603

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    If you buy it and try it please let us know if it works. I am 90 percent
    sure it won't. I say 90 percent because it won't work on 2008 or 2009 minis. As tested by myself and a few others.

    If it works for 2010 minis you will have found the best reason for a 2010 mini to date. A clear victory for the 320 gpu card over the 9400 gpu card. Please keep us up to date.
     
  5. dcoulson macrumors member

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    No, if you use a VGA splitter you get the same thing on both displays. Not extended, just mirrored.

    You can't run a VGA display off the HDMI port on a Mac Mini. You can only do HDMI/DVI digital video. If you want to run two displays, at least one of them has to be DVI/HDMI, not VGA.
     
  6. QuakeProd thread starter macrumors member

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    I see I seee.
    I will look into that.

    thank you all for your feedback.

    Sorry for my delay, i didnt think I would get anymore replies.
     
  7. Heilage macrumors 68030

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    If you want to display three monitors on a Mini, try looking at Matrox. They have products for this. :)
     
  8. dcoulson macrumors member

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    I have 3 monitors on my 2009 Mac Mini using this USB Video adapter. It's not great for video, but it works well for email/IM and all the other stuff you shovel on one monitor when you have all that display real estate.

    http://eshop.macsales.com/item/Newer%20Technology/VIDU2DVIA/
     
  9. Fozziebear40 macrumors regular

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    Doesn't that just mirror the display?
     
  10. QuakeProd thread starter macrumors member

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    For anyone who still looks at this thread. i never tried it. lol. I listened to ya.
    I just bought a vga to mini displayport and got me an adapter for my HDMI to DVI-D and split the views!
     

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