This weekend I have spent far too much time trying to get my mac mini to display on my HDTV.

I have a Philips 32inch HD ready tv which works fine when I plug it into my MacBook Pro. Just plug it in and there it is.

When I plug the mini in there is no picture and no display settings other than the default 640 up to 1024.

If I reboot with the HDMI cable pluged in I get an inital boot screen but then it will go black and I am unable to get anything. I can sometimes get in via remote desktop but the screen is black, ssh is fine but sometimes slow. If I then plug in the normal TV output stuff I also get nothing (untill I reboot).
I can also view everything on the mini if I use a normal TV output (composite phonos) but only an SD resolutions….

It’s so frustrating as I can see it working when it first boots, and I can get it working with my laptop, so the problem must be something it does when it starts to load OS X. I have also tried DisplayConfigX and SwitchResX but neither offer much help if your computer can’t detect the monitor…

Anyone out there had this problem and sorted it? there must be someone, or something stupd I am doing….

Update:

After chatting with the creator of SwitchResX we managed to lock it down to the mini not detecting the monitor but instead perhaps just the cable. So I plan to try with another cabel or TV to see if it can get anywhere.

Update 2:

Last night I tried another (diffrent model) mac mini and the basterd worked. I didn’t need to do anything it just came up when booting and stayed on. So it seems that my Philips FlatTV isn’t seen by my mini’s graphics card. I have also read other people saying can’t get their mini to work with a philips TV ( Daniel Gotts ).

My TV is a Philips 32PF5321 ( 32 in flatTV HDready LCD ) connected via DVI to HDMI to a

1.ggGHz Intel Core Duo

Intel GMA 950:
Chipset Model: GMA 950
Type: Display
Bus: Built-In
VRAM (Total): 64 MB of shared system memory
Vendor: Intel (0×8086)
Device ID: 0x27a2
Revision ID: 0×0003

If anyone has any ideas please get intouch.

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  1. Rob 27 June 2008 at 3:18 pm #

    That sounds odd Annabelle, however it may be that the refresh rate is the problem, rather than the resolution. Try lowering that as wall as the resolution and it may work. Fingers crossed!

  2. Fabio 6 July 2008 at 6:07 pm #

    Hi, I am having problems with getting my Intel Mac mini to work with a projector using DVI-HDMI cable. Using a 2 meter DVI-D (single link) – HDMI cable it works without problems. Now I bought a 15 meter DVI-D (Dual link) cable and it does not work with the intel mac mini. The same 15 meter cable does work with all my other macs though! (g4 powerbook, intel macbook and old G4 Mac mini!!!!!!!!!!). The intel mac mini simply see’s no display attached to it so I dont even have a button to click “detect displays”. Out of all the macs the intel mac mini is the only one with a built in graphics so I can only think that this is the problem.

    I am running out of ideas, any help / comments to this problem would help. Thanks

  3. Patrick 22 August 2008 at 2:09 pm #

    Connecting my Macbook to my Samsung 40″ HD TV for the first time I got the message: “resolution not supported” when connected to the VGA input. However, I was able to switch the output to a lower refresh rate and after that it has all been working perfectly on 1080p. Very nice to see photos on 40″ with that resolution. The default refresh rate was 60, and now 59.99 Hard to believe that this 0.01Hz actually makes a difference, but it works for me, maybe also for you…

  4. Rich 10 October 2008 at 4:47 am #

    Mac Mini OS X 10.4 into Pioneer Kuro 60″ Plasma via DVI to HDMI works like a charm. No settings changes required on either Mac Mini or Pioneer. Now if I could just get the TIVO remote “Input” button to toggle between HDMI inputs 5 and 6.

  5. Reinier 31 October 2008 at 7:41 pm #

    We just bought a Philips 26PFL3403/10 LCD an d tried to connect to our brandnew minimac via DVI tot VGA cable.
    Same problems as stated above. Resolution not supported, only black screens, etc.
    After deleting the two .plist-files and rebooting the mac, it worked!. Time and time again. Be sure tot turn the TV on AFTER the minimac has booted.
    Res we use: 1280 x 768 @ 60 Hz.

  6. gas 28 November 2008 at 1:51 am #

    on philips hdtv use the 24hz rate …it works.
    1920 x1080p 24 hz
    overscan: no

  7. caterina carranza 3 December 2008 at 2:33 pm #

    Hi, For all of you that have changed the resolution and now can’t see sweet FA. It’s easy as pie. Plug mac in to tv. Start your mac up in safe mode by holding down the shift key. You will then be able to see. Set the resolution you want then restart your mac. I spent hours on this and it was so easy sometimes we all complicate life. Hope this will save some of you some time.

    Cat

  8. Gary White 1 January 2009 at 3:09 am #

    THANK YOU SO MUCH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  9. MaxxOdd 4 January 2009 at 11:46 am #

    Try to turn overscan on in the preferences. This worked for me.

  10. Jehanzeb Amin 12 January 2009 at 8:54 am #

    I tried to connect my mac mini to my pioneer plasma, and got no display. the hdmi port works fine because apple tv was working fine on it previously. the cable and mac mini also seem to be fine because i get 1080 resolution with them on my other samsung lcd. i’ve tried displayconfigxbut it says no monitor detected. on the pioneer plasma, i get a perfect display (as good as it can be at that resolution), with an RGB cable.
    I’m totally baffled! any ideas?

  11. ian 31 January 2009 at 3:06 pm #

    Running my mac mini 1.8 gb intel on 1440x 900 res through a dvi to hdmi cable to a Samsung LE19R86 lcd tv, desktop images great!. However when i want to play a dvd there is a black border around the film. Is there anyway of tweeking the tv or mac to fill the screen or obtain 16:9 dvd screen size.
    I have tried vga and yhe dvd is ok but quality or res not as good .

  12. Nicolai 21 April 2009 at 6:08 pm #

    I had exactly the same problems. But I could only start it up in 1920×1080 in Safe mode, but I only had a couple of minutes before it got blurry and useless. So, I (you) had to work fast, by allowing screen sharing.

    Then i connect through my macbook to the mac mini (in normal mode – safe mode doesn’t support network). So now I had the opportunity to change the resolution. I have a Philips 42pfl9632d, actually it should be able to run 1920×1080 – but in ‘normal’ mode, I am only able to run 1280×720.

    So I have heard that PowerPc’s will only run 720p, and Intel versionen should be able to run 1080p

    Hope this helps you!

  13. Martin 10 May 2009 at 4:47 am #

    Hi people, I’ve been going through a lot of AV setup in the last few weeks and hope that my experience might help a few people.

    Setup:
    Mac Mini connecting via DVI-HDMI cable to Pioneer 42″ Plasma.

    Same problems as most people note here.

    Points of note:
    - Only a select few of the new Plasma HD tv’s will work properly without fine tuning with your Mac Mini. Most will only give you resolution options of 1024 x 576 or 1280 x 720.

    - DVI – SVGA cable: Used it and loved it. For ease of use and no setup hassle, this is an excellent solution. Will start up straight away giving you 1360 x 768 res. But if you start comparing colours and clarity for SVGA connection vs. HDMI, you might want to go HDMI… it’s not a HUGE difference, but try watching the “Nature” screen saver on your mac with both modes and you will know what I mean.

    - If you choose HDMI cable, you can go for an easy fix and just enable “overscan” in your display settings – this will stretch your display out to full-size on the screen, but will cut slightly the top and bottom of your display. Annoying, but some people can live with it. Means you don’t have to go through custom resolution setup.

    - HDMI and custom resolution settings.
    First: Make sure you disable overscan.
    I tried both DisplayConfigX and SwitchResX. I’m not going to generalise and say which is better – just that I found SwitchResX easier to use personally. I don’t think either of them are that great, but if you want one that can hold your hand a little more, choose SwitchResX.

    Rule number one of custom resolutions – if you just type in your required screen resolution and restart – 99% of the time you will get just a black screen after bootup. We’ll deal with that in a minute.

    I found that the easiest thing to do on SwitchResX is just start it up with your normal resolution set at the time (like 1280 x 720), click on the “Custom” tab and click “+” (add).
    Change the settings from “Scaled” to “Custom”.
    When you do this the current detailed resolution settings for your screen will be shown. If you are REALLY confident and smart and maybe someone has given you the exact correct settings for your exact TV you could enter them here. But if you just type what you want, you’ll probably get the black screen issue….. so let’s not do that.
    Now see on the right hand side of the window you have all the arrows to stretch, shrink and move your display. Don’t type in any resolutions – just click on the arrows.
    Start stretching your screen to the size you want. The good thing about doing it this way is that it won’t let you go outside of the viewable settings!!!! So you won’t have reboot and black screen issues.
    Try adjustments of around 20-30 pixels at a time – don’t be greedy and just aim straight for your required resolution. Once you have made your change, click “OK, then “Apply”.
    It will say that it will be available on reboot. Forget that!
    Open display settings in preferences and rotate your screen 180 degrees. Then click revert. It has automatically adjusted to your custom setup.
    Now you have a 10 minute process of stretching and checking to get your desired resolution.

    But there is a downside – some screens just won’t let you get to your preferred resolution through HDMI. I know it’s fully supported on the SVGA setting and you can watch 1080p blu-ray etc. but Mac just won’t let you get there sometimes.
    That’s why anytime you’ve tried to enter all sorts of settings you get a black screen – it just won’t support it.
    So If you want to stretch your screen out wider more or move it down more but the SwitchResX arrow is greyed out – it’s greyed out for a reason. You can try to then type in changing of values, but be warned! Black screen will be waiting for you.
    Through the stretching method I’m currently running 1380 x 744 which actually looks really good – all the screen is full.

    DEALING WITH A BLACK SCREEN AFTER A CUSTOM RESOLUTION:
    Even if you don’t have a black screen NOW, read this anyway because you’ll want to know how to fix it if it happens (and you can’t see your screen to google the problem later!!!).
    - Turn off your mac (full shut down – hold down switch.)
    - Wait 3 seconds.
    - Start up mac.
    - As soon as you hear the bootup sound on the mac, hold down (left) shift key. Keep holding it down until you see the circle of dots on the screen going around in standard bootup mode. Then let go of shift key.
    This will get you into safe mode. You can’t do any screen resolutions settings in this mode so don’t get frustrated when it won’t let you. It’s in this mode that you are trying to get back to default settings, not fix/tweak your last setting.
    If using SwitchResX, open SwitchResX and click “Factory Settings” in the top right hand corner of the window and confirm.
    If you really WANT to, you can open finder and type “com.apple.windowserver” in the spotlight. You should see two files appear – delete them both. This is where the mac looks at startup for custom resolution settings – by deleting them the mac will have no choice but to start with standard display settings.
    - Now reboot.

    You will startup with standard resolution settings, but in normal mode so you can continue your resolution customisation.

    Other tips that might help people:

    - If using DVI – SVGA cable – check to see on the DVI plug if there are four pins surrounding the big flat pin on the right. If not, your mac to plasma/lcd ain’t going to work.

    - Did you know that the Mac Mini supports digital audio output? The “headphones” plug on the black of the Mac Mini is BOTH a standard 3.5mm headphone jack AND fiber output. Get a standard fiber cable you would use with DVD player etc. and buy a little plug that will allow you to plug into the headphone jack. Plug this into your amp that can recieve digital audio and voila! 5.1 surround from your Mac!

  14. clarah 2 June 2009 at 4:03 am #

    Hello guys,

    I Buy a Philips TV HD eady model n. 32pfl3403, and im trying to put my Intel Mac Duo 1.85 by VGA cable, but it dont works, i try some diferent resolutions, ut nothing, the image come for half second and stop… teh signa: Not supported resolution! ??? Help me :)

  15. clarah 2 June 2009 at 2:37 pm #

    i forget to say: my mac is the Mini. If i buy a DVI to HTMi cable wiil work? :)

  16. Joao Amado 6 June 2009 at 11:19 pm #

    Read how to get 1080p in your MacMini in:
    http://blog.adamnash.com/2008/01/24/yes-you-can-get-1080p-out-of-a-mac-mini/

    http://tinyurl.com/2khvc5

  17. Paul Modoo 8 February 2010 at 12:26 pm #

    Try doing a P RAM reset thats what Apple service did for me and all Resolutions where there

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