2 Replies Latest reply: Nov 30, 2012 8:41 PM by pr365
veresdaniel Level 1 (0 points)



I have a mid 2011 macmini (i3 CPU, intel 4000hd VGA, ect.) and last week I bought a high res monitor. At first I tried to connect them to each other using hdmi cable with no success because officially only 1080p/i is supported. After browsing a bit I was succeed using switchresx, but only with 40Hz refresh rate.


After that I ordered a miniDP -> DP cable and tied to connect the monitor with the mac. At this time the native 2560x1440 resolution was visible in display options, but when I set it up osx shrinked the screen about 1 inches every side. So using macmini with a standard miniDP to DP cable I'm getting a terrible overscan issue.


I' very curious, how to solve this, because as I think connecting an external display to a Mac shouldn't be such a big thing.

I never thought that connecting a computer to a monitor (using the officially dedicated connector and cable) could be a problem.


Any tips or advice would be good, I would like to use my monitor and computer together. I'm an apple fan but I'm a bit disappointed, because one of my favorite things was the simplicity and usability till this time..

Mac mini, OS X Mountain Lion (10.8)
  • veresdaniel Level 1 (0 points)

    I gave a chance to make a fresh install. It seems to be solved the overscan and resolution issue. Any idea, for example delete some plist or something to reset the original system's display settings, config? Would like to fix the old installation because I have a lot of things (like ruby, brew, apache, pho, MySQL, Xcode, ...) on it and can not transfer everything using osx account transfer utility..

  • pr365 Level 1 (0 points)

    What parameters did you use in the custom resolution in switchresX? I used the simplified setting CVT-RB and 40 HZ but the screen is always moving around. Thanks!