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I had hoped I wouldn't hear this problem with the new Mini given the bottom of the page here:
though thank you for mentioning it. I had the same issue with my Samsung Dynaflat 30" HD-TV and my Powerbook G4. Two titles which I was suggested to use for this issue are:
DisplayConfigX - http://www.3dexpress.de/
SwitchResX - http://www.madrau.com/html/SRX/About.html
and was unable to set it up properly to get it to work nicely. If you can figure out what one needs to do, please let me know.iMac G5-1.8 (1st Gen), Powerbook G4 17" 3rd Gen 1.5 Ghz, iMac G4 w/OS 9, Mac OS X (10.4.5), EyeTV 200, Olympus C-700, Epson P-R220, iSight, Airport Extreme, 5th Gen iPod
Well, Your right, it does say:
Picture Zoom will typically allow you to adjust the size of the picture displayed on the TV. Use this in conjunction with the Overscan option under Display Preferences on the Mac mini to get an optimal picture size.
I'm not sure what 'typically' means in this context, but I haven't seen the feature anywhere. I'm new to OSX but I dug through every menu I could find looking for it.Core Duo Mac Mini, Mac OS X (10.4.5)
Apple menu -> System Preferences -> Displays is the only context I'm aware of. But I've never seen Picture Zoom there. Then again, I don't have the new Mac Mini.iMac G5-1.8 (1st Gen), Powerbook G4 17" 3rd Gen 1.5 Ghz, iMac G4 w/OS 9, Mac OS X (10.4.5), EyeTV 200, Olympus C-700, Epson P-R220, iSight, Airport Extreme, 5th Gen iPod
I am standing at an Intel Mac Mini right now, and I looked in the Displays System Preferences, and Spotlighted, no Picture Zoom option exists. The closest I could find is Universal Access, which is in Apple menu -> System Preferences, but that zooms in, rather than out from the default setting. Not sure if that could help in your situation, but figured I'd mention it.iMac G5-1.8 (1st Gen), Powerbook G4 17" 3rd Gen 1.5 Ghz, iMac G4 w/OS 9, Mac OS X (10.4.5), EyeTV 200, Olympus C-700, Epson P-R220, iSight, Airport Extreme, 5th Gen iPod
From what the Apple page seems to be saying, Picture Zoom is something "typically" found on the TV itself, not the Mini. Basically, I think it is saying to use the TV's controls & Display prefs on the Mini together to get the best results.iMac G5/2.0 GHz 17 (ambient light sensor), Mac OS X (10.4.5), 512 MB RAM, Kensington Trackball
I had another revelation. Perhaps some TV sets support a standard which brings up those options in the Options section of the Displays preferences. Which sets support that standard is presently a matter of mystery.
While the DVI interface is easily capable of signaling to the Mini the capabilities of the connected display, DVI doesn't seem to have the ability to control them (although HDMI might). This would mean that any adjustments done on the Mini would apply only to its graphics output, so it would probably still be necessary to use the "on-screen display (OSD) interface" of the TV itself to optimize results as Apple suggests.
Apple's developer hardware docs would probably have the answer but unfortunately, as yet there isn't one for the new Mini.iMac G5/2.0 GHz 17 (ambient light sensor), Mac OS X (10.4.5), 512 MB RAM, Kensington Trackball
Same problem here. The mini is connected to a Sony SXBR set via DVI to HDMI cable. OSX sees the Sony, and lets me choose various resolutions.
Unfortunately, none use the native resolution of the tv. Overscan on takes the menu bar off the top, off uses less than the full screen. The Sony has preprogrammed zoom functions, but none of those make the mini's output match the Sony's screen exactly.
Whereas the Sony DVD player, on an HDMI to HDMI cable does the job perfectly.
Seems to me that Apple's video driver, as it sees the tv correctly, is at fault.