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PostPosted: Wed Mar 22, 2006 4:09 pm    Post subject: Just recieved my Mac Mini and I need help! Reply with quote

the wonderful FedEx delivery person just dropped of my brand new Mac Mini Intel Solo Core not even an hour ago. With my brand new DVI to Video Adapter, I connected the Mini to my 32" Sony Trinitron TV via S-video cable and booted up. After lurking these boards for the last 3 weeks I was unsure of how the Apple would look on my set, but was willing to take the plunge anyway.

To my surprise, it looked pretty damn good! I was very happy, and went thru the System SetUp with ease. After completing all the initial stuff, OSX opened and I began life as a Mac owner. The mini had no problem locating my exisiting wireless internet network and immediately logged on. Since I was online I began downloading various software updates after prompted to do so.

While this was going on in the background I decided to go into System Preferences and play around with my Dock and Desktop. Then tragedy struck...

My roommate, a Mac owner, comes in and suggest I change the screen resolution for a sharper image. I was very happy with the resolution, but decided to give it a try anyway. I selected a new resolution and all hell broke loose.

The screen turned black and white and begin scrolling like crazy. Nothing I did could stop it. I could make out my desktop in the bars onscreen but not well enough to accomplish anything. I pulled plugs, switched plugs, put the mini to sleep, woke it up, and even rebooted. (Upon reboot, it's funny, the Mac "Title Screen" or whatever comes up colorful and clear as day, but as soon as my desktop pops up, here comes the black and white scrolling/tracking issue.)

It worked beautifully for 10 minutes! Why did I listen to my roommate (who, while a mac owner, is absolutely no help at all)?

HELP!

(I also posted this under the Mini HTPC forum. I'm not spamming, I just need assistance! Thank you!)
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 23, 2006 1:33 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

You probably want to reset your [url=http://docs.info.apple.com/article.html?artnum=86194]PRAM[/url]( <this shows what it resets when you do this), and this is [url=http://docs.info.apple.com/article.html?artnum=2238]the procedure[/url].
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 23, 2006 5:40 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks SOCOM. I read thru those links and performed the task as stated (twice!) but it has not resolved the issue of the flickering/rolling screen.

I've hooked the Mini up to my old Dell monitor and everything worked fine. I just can't comprehend why when I connect it to my SONY TV with the DVI to Video cable that both the Apple and MAC OSX start up screens will come up bright and beautiful as day, but when my desktop starts up so does the black and white tracking problem.
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 23, 2006 6:56 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Try this:

[url]http://docs.info.apple.com/article.html?artnum=301345[/url]


[i]Start up in Safe Mode.
From the Apple menu, choose System Preferences.
Click Displays to open the preference pane.
Select any resolution and refresh rate that your display supports.
Restart your computer.[/i]

You'll need to know the resolutions your monitor supports.

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PostPosted: Tue Mar 28, 2006 7:35 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

From the MacFixIt site:

[i]Getting a non-working -- wrong resolution -- third-party display to function (resetting to correct resolution)
Several users have run into an issue where a Mac-connected third-party display will not display an image properly because it has an incorrect resolution setting. In other words, the Mac is attempting to send an incompatible resolution setting to the display resulting in a blank screen or other abnormalities.

In most cases, this issue can be resolved by booting in Safe Mode (hold the Shift key while starting up), then opening the "Displays" pane of System Preferences and choosing a different (working) setting -- booting in Safe mode should allow the display to default to a working setting. Check your display's manual for information on supported resolutions.[/i]

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PostPosted: Tue Mar 28, 2006 8:45 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I had the same problem when hooking my Mini up to a TV and trying to change the resolution. Just hook it up to a regular CRT or LCD monitor and change the resolution back to the default and plug it back in.
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