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Mac MIni and 20" Ferrari Compatibility Problem or Bad Unit?

by iME64 / October 20, 2006 4:13 AM PDT

Greetings all,

I just purchased an Acer Ferarri 20" LCD monitor. I am using a Mac Mini (not dual core).

Supposedly the Mac can run this monitor, which has similar specs to the Apple monitors. However, I have had trouble with the DVI. It started having various types of image breakdown (granularity, mismatched pieces of the image when scrolling etc.) and now it won't come up in DVI at all. Gives the message "no support". I then have to plug it in VGA to get an image. It does work in VGA at all resolutions.

Intially the monitor worked at lower than max. res. (1680X1050) and then degraded. I thought I was just overloading the graphic chip set, but I don't think so now.

Anyone know/have an idea if the monitor is simply defective or is it a compatibility issue?

I did talk with Acer already. They said that they didn't guarantee compatibility with a Mac.

I really liked the monitor (at least while it was initially working). If I can, I would like to keep it or another unit if this one is defective?

Any input would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks,
john

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LCD
by mrmacfixit Forum moderator / October 20, 2006 9:07 AM PDT

You are correct, the Mac Mini should be able to drive this monitor.

The fact that it works via VGA would "seem" to indicate that there is not a compatibility issue here.
Would it be possible to exchange this monitor for another, just to check out the DVI side?
Obviously the monitor is under warranty so an exchange may be quite easy. I'm guessing that the Mini is no longer under warranty.

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Mac Mini and Acer Ferrari Compatibility
by iME64 / October 23, 2006 11:23 PM PDT
In reply to: LCD

Thanks for the response.

Having worked more with this the system, and having had Apple test my computer, I have found out:

Computer is fine.

Monitor does not work in all resolutions even in VGA.

When monitor chokes in VGA it recovers, DVI, screen goes blank.

I think what is happening is that the computer cannot handle intense graphics with this monitor. It also choked on an Apple monitor while at the Apple store, so it is not just my monitor.

I'm running it VGA for now which, after calibrating it in VGA looks unreal.

I may get a new Mac Mini at some point, but it will have to wait until Leopard comes out and they improve the graphics cards (although the duel core Minis seem to be running the 20'' and 23'' monitors at the Apple store well). But I see no reason why they couldn't do better on the graphics for these machines.

Thanks again.

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If running intense graphics is what you need,
by boya84 / October 24, 2006 9:47 AM PDT
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Yes and No
by iME64 / October 25, 2006 12:29 AM PDT

I guess my post was a bit misleading. The "intense" graphics choking the machine is iTunes. Not exactly intense.

Also, the computer is rated for higher resolutions than I am running. So if it was choiking on a 3D game I would agree with you. It's choking on iTunes -it's not suppose to.

And don't get me wrong, I really like the Mac Mini and would buy another. The current version seems to run the 20" monitors at native resolution fine. But I think I am going to wait a bit until Leopard comes out and see if they update the graphics chip. If not I'll have to think about.

Thanks,
john

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