Would this setup work? Mac Mini -> Mini DisplayPort to DVI Dual Link Adapter -> DVI Dual Link to HDMI Adapter -> HDMI Cable to 1080p TV? 2560x1600?
Would I be able to get the 2560x1600 resolution out of my Mac Mini if using the following series of adapters...
Mac Mini -> Mini DisplayPort to DVI Dual Link Adapter -> DVI Dual Link to HDMI Adapter -> HDMI Cable to 1080p TV?
Or would the HDMI adapter downscale the resolution?
I intend on using my 32" 1080p HDTV up close as a monitor, and therefore require a high resolution. Is this possible?
Help will be greatly appreciated.
- Asked by Luke K
Mini DisplayPort to Dual-Link DVI Adapter
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1 Answer from the Community
You don't seem to understand the basic principles here. Your HDTV is 1920x1080 pixels resolution MAXIMUM. You cannot make that any higher, no matter how big the HDTV is (even a 70" screen), it's a physical number of pixels the manufacturer has made that screen to itself.
If you want a higher-than-HD resolution on a big screen you have to use a super-HD "extra high resolution" (hence generally more expensive than HDTV prices) monitor such as Apple's 30" or another brand such as Dell. These have 2560x1600 pixel resolutions, hence why they need this "Dual-Link" (ie. *special*) DVI adaptor to power those extra pixels that standard DVI cannot handle.
If you want to continue with the HDTV for a monitor (ie. 1920x1080 maximum resolution) you just need the standard connection cable (with an adaptor as needed: to DVI/VGA/HDMI on the back of the HDTV), not the Dual-Link one.
One other thing you can do is run TWO lower resolution screens (eg. 2x 1080 full HDTV's) that each run from the mini, to gain more resolution real estate (2x 1920x1080 = 3840x2160 over the two screens). One plugged into the Mini DVI port (with relevant adaptor to DVI or VGA or HDMI on first TV), another one into the Mini DisplayPort (with relevant adaptor to DVI or VGA or HDMI on second TV). Setting extended mode in your mini's System Pref's.
NB: some of those adaptors are made by Apple, some by third party.
- Answered by James S