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Ratboy Level 2 (250 points)

I just installed Lion on my Mac mini and my TV no longer receives a signal over HDMI. I've tried a bunch of different cobinations of restarting the TV and computer without any luck. Without a display, I can't use Screen Sharing to try chaning any of the prefrences. Does anyone have a solution to this problem? Thanks.

  • ormsberries Level 1 (0 points)

    I've got the same issue...  Mac Mini wont boot to HDMI and Screen Sharing wont link in since Lion upgrade......

    A makeshift solution is unplugging the HDMI during boot up, give it 30sec's - 1min...plug it back it and then it should come up.... works for me for now.....


    hopefully someone has a more permanent solution or mac solves the issue ASAP....



  • alexcord Level 1 (0 points)

    Same issue except the 30sec-1min solution does not work for me and my screen remains scrambled. Fortunately I have a Apple Cinema display which I used to enable screen sharing.


    Hope this gets fixed soon!! Pretty gutted as I first ran the upgrade and then blitzed the Mini because the display was blank, did not expect it to be an HDMI issue!!

  • Kevbroon Level 1 (0 points)

    I get that too.  It seems to work when I have the mini port / analogue display plugged in too, but it work work with HDMI only.

  • ushatten Level 1 (0 points)

    I am having that same issue with my mac mini.  I tried two things one of which or maybe both worked.  I first tried to reset the PRAM and NVRAM.  This allowed me to boot into recovery mode, but did not transfer my account.  I then restarted it and waited to plug the HDMI in for about 2 minutes.  When I did plug it in, it worked fine.  Until this is fixed I will be avoiding a restart at all costs.  Hopefully this helps.

  • woodmeister50 Level 5 (5,170 points)

    Which TV's and/or displays are you all having problems with?

    Are the TV's/Displays connected directly to the Mini or

    perhaps through a receiver?

    If you attempt to start up from the OSX install disk that came

    with the Mini, does the display work?

    Did you back up your system (clone or Time Machine) and

    do a restore to return to Snow Leopard?  Does it work then?

  • MBA in Texas Level 1 (20 points)

    I have a couple of Vizio TVs that have this problem with the Mac.

    They are connected directly to the Mac

    If I start with the install disk (10.6.4), the display works.

    If I revert to SL, the display works.

    If I upgrade to Lion, the display does not work.

  • scarycall Level 1 (0 points)

    Ditto on the HDMI white screen of death.  I wished I had searched for the quick fix before I installed for the 2nd time.  HDMI Restart = Apple Fail.

  • woodmeister50 Level 5 (5,170 points)

    MBA, the good thing is that it has something to do with

    Lion alone.  What I mean by this is that Apple didn't sneak

    some firmware update into Lion.


    See if it works by starting in safe mode.  Power down and

    wait at least 10 seconds.  Then power back up again and as

    soon as you here the start up hold down the shift key until

    a screen with the spinning wheel comes up (if it does). 

    This turns off any sort of special extensions and drivers.

    If it does end up booting, then can go from there to

    figure what may be the problem.  Worth a shot.

  • MBA in Texas Level 1 (20 points)

    No, amazingly safe mode doesn't work.

  • drakman Level 1 (0 points)

    I've got the same problem with my mac mini 2010. After upgrade to lion I have HDMI issues. No signal through my Samsung Led TV connected directly to hdmi mac mini port. I hope Apple to provide a quick solution to this serious problem. It is unacceptable!! Please fix it ASAP..

  • woodmeister50 Level 5 (5,170 points)

    Well, I just got around to updating my Mini to Lion.  And

    guess what?  Had the infamous no signal.  Played around

    with pulling power, zapping PRAM, unplug and plug routine

    with out results.  For grins and giggles, I took a Display Port

    to HDMI adapter and tried the connection that way. 


    Guess what?  With the display port adapter to HDMI I got video!

    Got through the initial boot stuff and to my dektop and things are



    Here's were things get weird.  I shut down, plugged the HDMI cable

    back in directly, rebooted and it worked.  Then shut down again.

    Waited for several minutes and rebooted.  Black screen!!!!

    Forced shut down.  Plugged it back together with Display

    adapter.  Restarted got spinning cursor gray screen then

    black, forever.  Forced a power down.  Started up zapping PRAM,

    reboot after zapping PRAM brought screen back to desktop.

    Haven't shut down yet waiting to repair permissions, while I can.

  • alexcord Level 1 (0 points)

    I believe my Mac Mini is now out of warranty (just). Anybody contacted Apple support directly as opposed to this forum?


    I can't find the original disks for my Mac Mini and the retail Snow Leopard disk that I purchased will not install so I am left with a somewhat bricked Mac Mini. Not impressed with Apple at the moment. I have a new Macbook Pro with Thunderbolt that now causes my Apple Cinema Display to flicker and scramble and now my chuffing Mac Mini has been screwed by Lion! Not impressed with the testing!

  • woodmeister50 Level 5 (5,170 points)

    Well it just plain looks like Lion BREAKS any HDMI

    connection to the Mini.  Odds seem less than a coin toss

    as to whether you will get video or not at any given restart.


    May give a shot at doing a clean install.  For now, going back

    to SL.  Well, at least Lion worked on 2 of my computers.


    Sometimes I wonder if the Mini isn't the ugly sister of the

    Mac line up that no one pays a lot of attention to.

  • drakman Level 1 (0 points)

    I like to think that it's almost impossible for the Apple not find a solution for this within the next few days. Until then I will try to stay calm...but I believe that the Lion starts was not so good for me.

    No HDMI means a dead Mac mini for me..

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