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PostPosted: Mon Nov 14, 2005 12:46 pm    Post subject: Apple Mac Mini DVI Question Reply with quote

I'm wondering if the Mac Mini's DVI Video port will hook up to my Sony TV's DVI Video Input? Is the Mac Mini a special mini-DVI port, and thus I would need a cable that goes from mini-DVI to regular DVI?

I have a Sony KF50XBR800
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PostPosted: Mon Nov 14, 2005 12:55 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The Mac Mini has a DVI-I port, any ordinary DVI video cable should connect to it. I fully expect a Mac Mini should be able to use your TV as a display. DVI is a great way to go, as it offers greater clarity.
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PostPosted: Mon Nov 14, 2005 1:03 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks.

I'm still wondering in the Mac's port is a mini version, thus I will need a cable to go from mini-dvi to normal dvi.
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PostPosted: Mon Nov 14, 2005 1:04 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

No, it is a typical, normal, everyday DVI connector and any DVI cable should fit it just fine.
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PostPosted: Mon Nov 14, 2005 1:05 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

OK - thanks. When I get it setup I'll post my findings.
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PostPosted: Fri Nov 18, 2005 12:37 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

OK, I just realized the DVI port is NOT a mini port on the Mac. So, now I just have to wait until my Mac ships, which just got delayed again!
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PostPosted: Tue Nov 22, 2005 1:45 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Here is the back of the TV

TV

And the back of the Mini

Mac Mini

It seems the far right (4) analog pins are different on my TV. Are these used on the Apple DVI connector?
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PostPosted: Tue Nov 22, 2005 8:39 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

nemesis8 wrote:
Here is the back of the TV

TV

And the back of the Mini

Mac Mini

It seems the far right (4) analog pins are different on my TV. Are these used on the Apple DVI connector?


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PostPosted: Wed Nov 23, 2005 11:44 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

OK, let me change that tonight when I get home. Thanks
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PostPosted: Wed Nov 23, 2005 11:52 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

TV

Mac

See how the ports are different?
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PostPosted: Thu Nov 24, 2005 12:00 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

The TV has a DVI-D port, it will accept a digital signal only on that port.

The Mac Mini has a DVI-I port, it will output a digital signal on the pins that also appear on the TV, and it will output a VGS signal on the 4 additional pins.

You can connect this TV to your Mac Mini using a DVI-D cable and it should work. The cable must not have the 4 additional pins simply because it will not fit into your TV if it does.
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PostPosted: Thu Nov 24, 2005 1:06 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Got it - thanks for taking time to help me. I'm new to both DVI and Mac's. My mini has shipped, and should be here on Monday - can't wait to get switching Smile
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PostPosted: Thu Nov 24, 2005 7:40 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Ranter wrote:
it will output a VGS signal on the 4 additional pins.


Out of curiosity, what is this VGS signal of which you speak, and what does it do?

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PostPosted: Thu Nov 24, 2005 9:08 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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it will output a VGS signal on the 4 additional pins.


Out of curiosity, what is this VGS signal of which you speak, and what does it do?

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That was a typo. It should have said VGA.
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PostPosted: Thu Nov 24, 2005 9:25 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Ranter wrote:
That was a typo. It should have said VGA.


Thanks. I really wasn't being sarcastic--I thought it was some new video standard or switching technology or something. There are far too many acronyms to keep track of as is...please don't inadvertently introduce another one.

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