Mac mini (Mid 2010) and later: Frequently asked questions about HDMI


Get the answers to frequently asked questions about HDMI on Mac mini (Mid 2010) and later models.

What is HDMI?

HDMI stands for High Definition Multimedia Interface and is an industry standard for connecting high-definition audio and video devices.

Which version of HDMI works with the Mac mini (Mid 2010) and later?

Mac mini is designed to work with HDMI devices that comply with versions 1.0, 1.1, 1.2, 1.2a, 1.3, 1.3a, and 1.4 of the HDMI specification.

Which resolutions are supported on the Mac mini (Mid 2010) and later?

The HDMI port supports up to 1080p on HDMI connections. With the HDMI to DVI adapter, the HDMI port will work with resolutions up to 1920 x 1200.

Which type of audio works with HDMI?

Apple supports 8 channel 24-bit audio at 192kHz, Dolby Surround 5.1 and stereo output.

What should I do if the Mac mini does not display on the full screen or does not display?

From the Apple () menu, choose System Preferences, then choose Displays from the View menu.  Adjust the "Underscan" until the image fills the screen.

Display System Preferences pane with underscan slider

How do I open System Preferences if I don't see a menu bar or dock?

On keyboards with brightness controls, hold down the Option key and the press one of the brightness keys (F1 or F2). This opens the Displays System Preferences pane.  You can also press Command-Shift-A to open the Applications folder, then double-click System Preferences.  Another method is to hold down the Command key and press the Space bar to activate the Spotlight menu, type "displays," and then press Return.

My HDMI cable is connected but there is no audio.

In System Preferences, select Sound.  Click the Output tab.  Select your HDMI device from the list.

Sound System Preferences pane

Does the Mac mini (Mid 2010) and later work with CEC (Consumer Electronics Control)?

Mac mini (Mid 2010) and later does not control other devices via CEC connections.

My Mac mini does not recognize my HDTV.

Leave your Mac mini turned on while you power off the HDTV.  Unplug the HDMI cable from the Mac mini and plug it in again.  Power on the HDTV.

Can the HDMI port drive analog displays (VGA displays for example) using adapters?

No.  The HDMI port will drive digital connections—such as DVI—using the adapter that came with the Mac mini, but cannot be used for analog displays such as VGA. You can purchase a Mini DisplayPort to VGA adapter separately to drive analog displays.

Additional Information

For more details about HDMI standards go to

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