Apple Monitors For Mac Mini

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You can make all of your displays mirror each other, or extend your workspace with different apps and windows on each display. If you use an external display with your Mac notebook, you can also use closed-display mode.

From 2011 to 2016, Apple sold its Apple Thunderbolt Display, a 27-inch 2560x1440-pixel monitor that relied on a Thunderbolt 2 connector to carry data to and from a Mac along with a MagSafe. LG UltraFine 27MD5KB-B – 5K Monitor for Mac Mini. The LG UltraFine 27MD5KB-B is co-designed.

Check your requirements

Apple Monitors For Mac Mini 2018

  • Check the ports on your Mac to find out whether you need an adapter.
  • Check how many displays your Mac supports: Choose Apple menu  > About This Mac, click Support, then click Specifications. On the webpage that appears, the number of displays your Mac supports appears under Video Support.

Use extended desktop mode

Maximize your workspace with extended desktop mode, which lets you enjoy full-screen apps and windows on each monitor. Then, use Mission Control to organize apps and windows across your displays. If your Dock is on the bottom of your screen, it appears on any of your displays when you move your pointer to the bottom edge of your display.

Turn on extended desktop mode

  1. Make sure that your external display is turned on and connected to your Mac.
  2. Choose Apple menu  > System Preferences, then click Displays.
  3. Click the Arrangement tab.
  4. Make sure that the Mirror Displays checkbox isn’t selected.
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Arrange your displays or change your primary display

So that you can move apps and windows across your displays in one continuous motion, arrange your displays to match the setup on your desk. You can also change your primary display, which is where your desktop icons and app windows first appear.

  1. Choose Apple menu  > System Preferences, then click Displays.
  2. Click the Arrangement tab.
  3. To change the position of a display, drag it to the desired position. A red border appears around the display as it's moved.
  4. To set a different display as the primary display, drag the menu bar to the other display.

Use video mirroring

With video mirroring, all of your displays show the same apps and windows.

Turn on video mirroring

  1. Make sure that your external display is turned on and connected to your Mac.
  2. Choose Apple menu  > System Preferences, click Displays, then click the Arrangement tab.
  3. Make sure that the Mirror Displays checkbox is selected.

Apple Monitors For Mac Mini

Use AirPlay

With Apple TV, you can mirror the entire display of your Mac to your TV, or use your TV as a separate display. To turn on AirPlay, follow these steps:

  1. Make sure that your TV is turned on.
  2. Choose in the menu bar, then choose your Apple TV. If an AirPlay passcode appears on your TV screen, enter the passcode on your Mac.
  3. Mirror your display or use your TV as a separate display:
    • To mirror your display, choose , then choose Mirror Built-in Display.
    • To use your TV as a separate display, choose , then choose Use As Separate Display.
  4. To turn off AirPlay, choose , then choose Turn AirPlay Off.

If you don't see in the menu bar, choose Apple menu  > System Preferences, click Displays, then select the 'Show mirroring options in the menu bar when available' checkbox.

Apart from that, you can also create a ‘system restore point’ of all the default settings, so that you can easily rollback if in case anything doesn’t work well. You can easily enable or disable additional entries not only on your Windows right-click menus but to also on drive, and other files and folders.To get started with the editor, you just need to check & uncheck boxes to add or remove context menu items in the program list. Free download computer programs While adding or removing context menu items manually is quite a difficult process. The computer software has a simple, clear and easy interface. So, introducing you to a Windows 10 app, Right-Click Extender that allows you to edit/remove context menu items with utmost ease.

Learn more about how to AirPlay video from your Mac.

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After connecting my newly-purchased Mac mini 2018 to my Dell U2410 24 inch 1920×1200 LCD monitor by HDMI cable, I notice that the text is a little blurry and pixelated. The lines aren’t smooth, but jagged. The text looks like it would on an old analog TV.

The problem is caused by the Mac choosing to talk to the Dell monitor using YPbPr, an input color format previously used by S-Video and composite video for analog TVs. The Dell monitor supports two input color formats, RGB (digital computer standard) and YPbPr (analog TV standard). I am not sure why the Mac defaulted to using YPbPr, instead of the superior RGB color format.

Note: I did not see this problem when connecting my MacBook Air 2015 to the Dell monitor using the Apple Mini DisplayPort to DVI adapter. Online comments seem to indicate that this issue only occurs with the 2018 (and probably later) Macs.

The solution is to force the Mac to use the RGB input color format for my Dell U2410 monitor. This is accomplished by creating or overwriting the macOS’s EDID (Extended Display Identification Data) configuration file for the Dell monitor. The details are documented by this webpage, Fixing the External Monitor Color Problem with My 2018 MacBook Pro.

Tip: To verify that YPbPr is being used by your monitor, check the “Input Color Format” in the monitor settings. On my Dell monitor, I go to the monitor’s settings Menu and select “Color Settings” to view the “Input Color Format” field.

Because the EDID override files are located in a protected system directory, “/System/Library/Displays/Contents/Resources/Overrides/”, we will need to use the macOS Recovery Mode to write to it.

Here are the steps I took:

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  1. Download the “patch-edid.rb” script file from GitHub’s adaugherity/patch-edid.rb project. This script will create an override EDID file to force RGB usage. Look for the “Download ZIP” button near the top-right. The archive file will be downloaded to “~/Downloads/7435890-00ff3ead17ae77d2f1c376e90831c037b7dea7ed.zip”.
  2. Unzip the downloaded archive file by double-clicking on it. (My Safari browser automatically unzipped the archive file after downloading.)
  3. Launch the Terminal app and run these commands:
    # Rename the unzipped folder to a nicer name, 'patch-edid'
    mv ~/Downloads/7435890-00ff3ead17ae77d2f1c376e90831c037b7dea7ed ~/Downloads/patch-edid
    # Change directory to the 'patch-edid' folder
    cd ~/Downloads/patch-edid
    # Ruby should be pre-installed; double-check by getting version info
    ruby -v
    # Execute the script
    ruby patch-edid.rb
    • The script outputted the following on my Mac:
      Found display 'DELL U2410': vendor ID=4268(0x10ac), product ID=61462(0xf016)
      Raw EDID data:
      00ffffffffffff0010ac16f04c5055310914010380342078ea1ec5ae4f34b1260e ..
      Setting color support to RGB 4:4:4 only
      Number of extension blocks: 1
      removing extension block
      Recalculated checksum: 0x38
      new EDID:
      00FFFFFFFFFFFF0010AC16F04C5055310914010380342078E21EC5AE4F34B1260E ..
      Output file: /Users/chanh/Downloads/patch-edid/DisplayVendorID-10ac/DisplayProductID-f016
    • Take note of the output file, “/DisplayVendorID-10ac/DisplayProductID-f016”. We will need to put the ProductID file with its VendorID parent folder under the EDID overrides folder like so: “/System/Library/Displays/Contents/Resources/Overrides/DisplayVendorID-10ac/DisplayProductID-f016”.
    • On my Mac, the “DisplayProductID-f016” file did not exist in the system “Overrides” folder. However, the “DisplayVendorID-10ac” folder did already exist there.
  4. Reboot into the macOS Recovery Mode. When the Mac starts up, hold down “Command-R” (hold down both the “Command ⌘” and “R” keys) and release when you see the Apple logo.
    • Tip: An easier alternative is to hold the “Option/Alt” key on boot to launch the Startup Manager. Then just click and release “Command-R” keys to launch into the recovery mode.
  5. Once in recovery mode (you will see “macOS Utilities” in the top menu bar), click on the “Utilities” menu and select “Terminal” to launch the Terminal application.
    • On my Mac, the main “Macintosh HD” drive is automatically mounted. If it isn’t on your system, launch the “Disk Utility” first (before the “Terminal”), select the “Macintosh HD” disk (or whatever you named it), and click the “Mount” button. Quit the “Disk Utility” when done in order to launch the Terminal application.
  6. Run these commands in the Terminal:
    # Change directory to your 'patch-edid' directory
    # Note: Change the 'username' string below to your actual username
    cd/Volumes/Macintosh HD/Users/username/Downloads/patch-edid/
    # Copy your override subfolder+file into the EDID overrides system directory
    # Note: Change the 'DisplayVendorID-XXXX' to your actual DisplayVendorID
    # Do not include ending forward-slash at end of 'DisplayVendorID-XXXX'
    cp-R DisplayVendorID-XXXX /Volumes/Macintosh HD/System/Library/Displays/Contents/Resources/Overrides/
  7. Quit the “macOS Utilities” to reboot.

After reboot, the text on the Dell monitor is no longer blurry and pixelated. The text looks sharper and the lines are smoother. (Unfortunately, the photo to the right does not show the blurry/pixelated text very well.) When I check the monitor’s “Input Color Format”, it now says “RGB”. Success.

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