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    I have a Mac mini and have 2 monitors (a 16" and a 26").
    Firstly, how do I use dual-monitors...? Theres only 1 VGA port...
    Secondly, I want to use Spaces (2 spaces), 1 on each monitor. So when I open apps in Space 1, they are on monitor 1 and apps of space 2 on monitor 2.
    How do I configure it...?

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    You would need some kind of third party adapter. I know they have USB ones available, I don't know if they're compatible with OS X. They also have one available for a dvi connection which turns 2 monitors into one big monitor, but that wouldn't really work for you since your monitors are two different sizes.

    The mac mini wasn't really designed for a dual monitor setup, unfortunately.

    If you do decide to buy the adapter, the dual monitor spaces setup is well documented. I have two monitors on my mac too, but I disabled spaces because it's kind of redundant if you have two physical "spaces" already. Expose is good enough.

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    Quote Originally Posted by thecompkid View Post
    You would need some kind of third party adapter. I know they have USB ones available, I don't know if they're compatible with OS X. They also have one available for a dvi connection which turns 2 monitors into one big monitor, but that wouldn't really work for you since your monitors are two different sizes.

    The mac mini wasn't really designed for a dual monitor setup, unfortunately.

    If you do decide to buy the adapter, the dual monitor spaces setup is well documented. I have two monitors on my mac too, but I disabled spaces because it's kind of redundant if you have two physical "spaces" already. Expose is good enough.

    Well, I am not sure about the USB ones as there are only 4 ports and all are used up by printers and speakers. So 1 VGA port to 2 VGA ports would be better. But anyways, I don't know anything about dual-display and am unaware how people use dual-monitors.

    Could you just post a link to an adapted that I can buy and would support Leopard and the Spaces setup?

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    I think to run 2 monitors you need 2 separate connectors on the computer/graphics card itself. On a pc I (did) have, I ran 2 19 inch screens. To get this to work, i tried a 1vga-2vga adaptor but it put the same output to both screens (so it just shows the same thing on both)

    A graphics card with 2 built in VGA slots was needed (quite cheap)

    For a Mac Mini, I don't think this would be possible (to install a new graphics card)

    The USB screen adaptor would be your best bet. (if you can find one to work with OSX)

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    Long story short, you really can't do dual monitors with the mac mini.

    The usb adapters will only give you mediocre performance at best, if they're even compatible with OS X (I'm not sure).

    The DVI splitters aren't that great as the computer itself will only see one big monitor so it can't manage the monitors independently, and it only works with certain resolutions.


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    Thanks for the replies.

    Well, its very difficult but not impossible. Found some solutions on searching...

    1. http://www.123macmini.com/news/story/437.html
    2. http://danielcoburn.wordpress.com/20...nalog-edition/

    However, I guess USB would definitely be a better option...

    All I want is to work on display 1 and be able to view iPhoto or a multimedia app on the bigger display.

    Pls do post if something does come up....
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