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Max Runtime crashing without a monitor installed, anyone know a fix?

October 28, 2010 | 1:57 am

I’ve just done a job where I’ve supplied a patch (built as an .exe) to be run off a mac mini running windows and apparently Max Runtime is crashing without a monitor, and attaching one would defeat the purpose of using the mac mini as it’s size means we can hide it away discreetly, which is essential.
The patch doesn’t use video at all, it’s just tossing around samples.
Fix anyone?
I’m also in the awkward position of not doing the install myself.
Anyone had an issue like this before?


October 28, 2010 | 5:49 am

I had a similar problem years back, and the fix was to plug a male VGA connector to a VGA adapter with resistors soldered across some of the pins – here’s the recipe:

http://www.nowdata.com/index.php/solutions/57-apple-mac-mini-monitor-dummy

you’ll have to adapt for whatever ports the mini has these days…


October 28, 2010 | 9:38 pm

Alternately, if soldering is not your forté, you can plug in a display-to-TV (SRGB) adapter. I use one of these on a headless G5 so it thinks it has a "screen" I can access over VNC.

The adapters are inexpensive I think, and used to come standard with Apple laptops.


October 29, 2010 | 2:38 pm

Thanks, I’m pretty sure that’s done the job, the guys handling the hardware end of this project seem happy, I’ll find out for sure whether it worked soon, the show opens tomorow.
The things you miss out on learning when you only work with a laptop…


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