Combining the usable with the unusable
September 1, 2011 5:40 PM Subscribe
Why does my LED Monitor complain about finding "no signal" when connected to my Mac Mini via an HDMI-HDMI cable?
Upon trying to boot my Mac Mini for the first time, I discovered that I have to first turn on my monitor, then turn on the Mac Mini. Otherwise the monitor will show "no signal" until I shut down both. This is due to the the fact that HDCP devices perform a "handshake" in a certain paranoid manner, and refuse to work if the handshake is unsuccessful (which clearly means that the user is a filthy pirate).
This previously minor annoyance has now morphed into a problem that has sparked within me the hatred of a thousand burning Suns. Things were working fine until I put the Mac Mini to sleep. The monitor then naturally lost its signal (as it should have), and itself went to sleep. All well and good so far. I then woke the Mac Mini and expected the monitor to awake as well. It didn't do that. Instead, it kept showing me the "no signal" message no matter how many times I put it and the Mac to sleep. I've tried waking up the two in different orders, to no avail. The only solution is to forcefully shut down the Mac and the monitor, then turn them back on in a specific order.
Should I give up and just use DVI instead? Or this there a way out of this madness?