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Mac Mini :: Mac Mini With Hitachi TV As Monitor


I am a very inexperienced user of Macs, this Mini being my first (therefore bear with me!). The Mini has been used fine via DVI to a Panasonic TV for some time and is running OS X 10.5.8.

I have decided to try and integrate it instead into my home theatre set up elsewhere in the house. The plan is to have it running through the DVI setting into the TV via an Amp.

I know the Mini works fine with the TV when going direct into the TV using a VGA cable. However when I connect using the DVI cable I can see the Apple boot up screen, followed by a short blue screen, then the mouse cursor appears briefly. Then very rapidly the TV cuts out and i get the message that I am using an erroneous frequency.

I can go in to Safe Mode using the DVI cable fine. When I do so it says it is using 1024x768 60Hz (NTSC) Millions, Overscan is ticked.

If i use the VGA cable to set up as the above display settings, reboot, but swap over to DVI I get the same problem described above.

I notice when I am in VGA mode I don't have the option to specify NTSC or any overscan setting. So perhaps i dont understand something here.

My only guess is that the settings I am making in VGA mode are being ignored as soon as i plug in on DVI mode. And that there is an autodetect problem when using DVI mode. That said, I haven't the first clue how to go about fixing it!

If it's relevant the TV is an Hitachi 42PD5000 and has a good number of different supported resolutions and frequencies.


View 3 Replies (Posted: Dec 5, 2009)

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