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I have a Mac mini that is about 2 months old. Is it possible to use two monitors and be able to "span" the monitors or will they only mirror the same image?
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it is possible, it's actually the most common way to use another monitor, to just have an extended desktop on the other monitor
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Actually...this is NOT possible with a "stock" Mac-Mini!!!

One of the drawbacks to saving money with the Mac-Mini is that it can only "drive" one monitor. No 2nd monitor, and no mirroring!

The ONLY exception to this is the absolute newest Mac-Mini "Early-2009". It's the first Mac-mini to be able to drive two monitors. All other Mac-mini's can only run one monitor!

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p.s. If your willing to purchase some additional hardware...there is one way to run two monitors with an older Mac-mini...check out the link below:

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Actually...this is NOT possible with a "stock" Mac-Mini!!!

One of the drawbacks to saving money with the Mac-Mini is that it can only "drive" one monitor. No 2nd monitor, and no mirroring!

The ONLY exception to this is the absolute newest Mac-Mini "Early-2009". It's the first Mac-mini to be able to drive two monitors. All other Mac-mini's can only run one monitor!

- Nick

p.s. If your willing to purchase some additional hardware...there is one way to run two monitors with an older Mac-mini...check out the link below:

DataSheet
sry for missleading, I didn't realize only the new mini had 2 ports, sry again
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sry for missleading, I didn't realize only the new mini had 2 ports, sry again
No biggie...normally you would have been absolutely correct about being able to connect two monitors to a Macintosh. Most Macintosh computers can support a 2nd display.

Other than Mac-Mini's (except the 2009 models) that cannot support a 2nd display, another example of Mac's that cannot support a 2nd display are some of the original CRT based i-Mac's (1998-2001 models).

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