As a software developer who recently bought an iPhone I knew it was just a matter of time before I started dicking around in the iOS apps space. Today Apple released a new line of Mac Minis and I am going to buy one. I'd like to just buy a KVM switch and flip between my current two monitor PC setup and the Mac. What kind of adapters do I need for the Mac Mini to be able to take two DVI outs?


For DVI, this is impossible. The back of the new Mac mini has an HDMI and a Thunderbolt adapter. You can daisy chain thunderbolts, but not HDMI. And I know of zero KVMs that accept HDMI along with zero KVMs that accept Thunderbolt.

I offer a better solution. Lion now allows you to run it in a VM. If you already have a copy, I'd just fire that up. . .

  • Can't I get an HDMI to DVI adapter? – Andrew G. Johnson Jul 20 '11 at 18:02
  • Yes, but that only gets you one monitor. AFAIK, there is no thunderbolt to DVI adapter. . . – surfasb Jul 20 '11 at 18:49

If you have two DVI monitors you need the following:

1 - HDMI to DVI adaptor http://www.amazon.co.uk/female-Monitor-Display-Adapter-Converter/dp/B0021Y7FY2/ref=sr_1_1?s=electronics&ie=UTF8&qid=1311199217&sr=1-1

2 - Mini-displayport to DVI adaptor (this should work fine, it's listed on the thunderbolt mac-mini specs page - http://www.apple.com/macmini/specs.html) http://store.apple.com/us/product/MB570Z/A

That should workout fine for dual displays - but may be worth getting a demo at a local Apple Store.

  • Odd, I don't see the minidisplay port on the Mac Mini or the Thunderbolt display. It isn't on the specs, nor is it on the picture for either one . . . – surfasb Jul 20 '11 at 22:59

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