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Samsung 26" LCD TV - will a Mac mini connect at 1360x768 (UK)

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Jan 28, 2011 10:58 AM
Hi all

About to buy a 2nd hand mac mini today and am having a panic that it may not work with my tv which is a Samsung 26" LCD HD TV, model number LE26R74BDX.

Does anyone have this model tv and a mac mini and can confirm it will connect at the TVs native resolution? My laptop PC connects fine at 1360x768, but no matter how I search for this on here or google, there does not appear to be a definitive answer anywhere for the mac mini. Anyone know??

I will be connecting via VGA 15 pin d-sub connector and a 3.5mm to RCA for audio, as this works with my PC, whereas HDMI/DVI doesnt.

Thanks
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  • Dai Bach Level 2 Level 2 (480 points)
    Hi,

    I'm not an expert on this as I'm still using a standard definition Sony widescreen TV with my Mac Mini.

    The Mini should support 1360x768 (check the specs on Apple's site). Doing a quick google, Amazon actually have a link from that TV on how to use Front Row. I think you'll be okay.

    http://www.amazon.co.uk/Samsung-LE26R74BDX-Ready-LCD-Freeview/dp/B000F4TC32
    Mac Book Pro 15", 1.83GHz, 2GB, 100GB 7200rpm, Mac OS X (10.4.10), Mac Mini, 1.66GHz, 2GB
  • Dai Bach Level 2 Level 2 (480 points)
    Congratulations and welcome to the Mac world!

    Post back if you get any problems.

    Oh, and change your signature - you're a Mac user now!
    Mac Book Pro 15", 1.83GHz, 2GB, 100GB 7200rpm, Mac OS X (10.4.10), Mac Mini, 1.66GHz, 2GB
  • John Lockwood Level 5 Level 5 (5,080 points)
    I obviously have not tried every make and model of TV but my experience is as follows.

    1. Connecting a computer (including a Mac mini) to a TV which does 1366x768 or similar via VGA will typically work automatically and with no fiddling.

    2. Connecting a computer (including a Mac mini) to a TV which does 1366x768 or similar via DVI to HDMI will work but will not fill the screen and may not be 1366x768 pixels, it is more likely to be 1280x720.

    This is because most/all TVs do not via HDMI properly advertise their resolution using EID.

    For Windows, ATI and Nvidia allow some customisation in their video card settings to get round this and the third-party utility called PowerStrip (for ATI and Nvidia cards only) is even better.

    For Macs, there is DisplayConfigX and SwitchResX both of which do at least partially work with the Intel GMA 950 in a Mac mini. However even with these I did not get perfect results via DVI to HDMI.

    Note: I found that the image quality via VGA was noticeably worse than via DVI, you could see the pixels 'crawling'. This was with a Sony Bravia 40" TV.

    I believe (and hope) that with a 1920x1080 TV that these problems should not occur as the computer resolution is then identical to the TV resolution (unlike 720p which is typically 1280x720 from a computer point of view whereas for some reason all TVs are more like 1366x768).
    PowerBook G4, Mac OS X (10.4.10)
  • peeber Calculating status...
    Using Samsung TV with Mac mini myself. Later model though, LE26R88BD. If yours has HDMI enabled for PC(ugh) use it. You need a DVI to HDMI cable but it's worth it! This is MUCH better than VGA input. You get choice of resolutions. Best is 1360x768 (matches pixels exactly) gives super-sharp clear picture. It will support 1920x1080 but you must set Size to Just Scan on the TV to see the whole desktop and it's not quite as sharp, but loads of room! Hope this helps.
    Mac mini, Mac OS X (10.4.10), Samsung LE26R88BD

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