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    Hi,

    I did a search but didn't find what I was looking for. I plan on putting in a second monitor for my kid's movies. I realize that I can use a splitter to mirror the display to a backseat monitor.

    But does it have to be a VGA monitor? I don't think my kid needs more than a pretty cheap LCD screen just to watch movies in the back seat. I'd really like to use the Mac Mini to do my carputer, but it seems like this could be a big negative.

    Thanks...
    Mike

    1998 Volvo V70 R AWD
    2.3L Turbo @ 17psi, 20% Tint
    SP-13000, 7" Lilli, Opus 120, 120GB SATA, Holux GR-213, Headrest LCDs


  • #2
    The Mac mini has one video output - and you can get an s-video adapter for it which I assume you want. However, you then lose the VGA connection. Basically, you either mirror the monitor with a vga splitter or an s-video splitter - you can't have both.
    AstraMac

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    • #3
      Actually this is the answer They are getting ready to release Mac OS X drivers in about 30 days

      http://www.trittonsales.com/products/TRIUV100.htm
      Ben S. Stahlhood II
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      • #4
        Thanks,

        That Tritton product is great, but I was hoping to find a way to use a cheap LCD screen instead of having to buy a second VGA monitor.

        I don't mind if all monitors show the same image, but I would mind having to spend at least $250 for each additional monitor.
        Mike

        1998 Volvo V70 R AWD
        2.3L Turbo @ 17psi, 20% Tint
        SP-13000, 7" Lilli, Opus 120, 120GB SATA, Holux GR-213, Headrest LCDs

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        • #5
          Just get the S-video adaptor and split the VGA, put the adaptor on it and run the result to the cheapo screen.
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          • #6
            Exactly what bugbyte said get a VGA splitter cable then 1 goes to VGA screen the other goes to a VGA Converter (S-video or Composite)

            I can get a VGA Converter for composite for $100 AUD and the thing is as big as a lighter just a bit thicker

            This would be the answer u want


            EDIT: Have a look at this http://www1.jaycar.com.au/productVie...Max=&SUBCATID=

            thats what i'm talking about
            Ignore the USB cable as is only used to power this device
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            • #7
              You mean something like this?

              Perfect!

              Let the shopping begin...
              Mike

              1998 Volvo V70 R AWD
              2.3L Turbo @ 17psi, 20% Tint
              SP-13000, 7" Lilli, Opus 120, 120GB SATA, Holux GR-213, Headrest LCDs

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              • #8
                WOAH! i was DEFINITELY not aware that it was possible to drive a monitor over USB. I really need this for my silly little iBook that i have lying around (which will probably be what winds up driving my dashPC.

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                • #9
                  http://sewelldirect.com/vga-to-tv.asp

                  there is also this for $50 .... USB powered - VGA to svideo/video converter

                  vga y splitter ...$3.50

                  http://www.cablewholesale.com/catalo...sioncables.htm

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                  • #10
                    http://www.matrox.com/graphics/offhome/dh2go/home.cfm

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                    • #11
                      Hey, I knew this device, but I fought it works only with Windows. Does the picture means that YOU are using this scenario?

                      ByE...

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                      • #12
                        no, review here :

                        http://voice.firefallpro.com/2006/02...ors-using.html

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by HoNNiX
                          Thanks for the link!

                          ByE...

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