I recently got a Mac Mini at work. I have two of the same monitor connected to it:
- one over HDMI->DVI adapter and DVI cable, and
- one over MiniDisplayPort->VGA adapter and VGA cable
Sometimes (often several times a day, not predictable) the display that is connected over HDMI->DVI will show rainbow static (similar to the snow on a TV, except multicolored). If I disconnect the adapter from the Mac, the situation resolves itself temporarily. If I simply sit and wait, the problem stops after several seconds to a minute.
I have replaced the DVI cable. I have swapped the two monitors, and whichever is connected over HDMI->DVI will snow, and the other will not.