Originally Posted by chefklc
There haven't been any kernel panics reported with miniDP, which can also carry audio, plus you can always send audio over optical. You didn't mention whether you ALSO have the server model like Dennis...do you?
I have the 2010 mini non-server version. (I think the hardware is the same, apart from the drives).
Briefly, I already use the optical out for separate audio, and an optical splitter destroys the signal.
Less briefly, I have optical toslink out to a Peachtree Nova DAC/preAmp/Amp for 2-channel stereo. The speakers are located far away from the TV. The HDMI goes directly from the mini into my TV (currently into HDMI port 1). I bought the 2010 mini primarily to be able to do this, as prior to this, with the 2009 mini, I used miniDVI to HDMI for video, and routed the audio through the Nova and then used analogue audio in to the TV. This worked, but was a bit clunky, and with little kids as the primary TV users, was something I wanted to bypass. (They had to turn on a $1200 DAC and push a sequence of buttons to watch the Flintstones with audio. Now they just turn it on and audio goes directly to the TV via HDMI, so this was a major improvement, apart from the kernel panics. The video is also significantly better than with the 2009 mini.)
Sorry, probably way more than you wanted to know.
I haven't looked into the miniDP, but thanks for the suggestion. It would be a pity not to be able to use the HDMI though, so I am hoping there will be a fix or workaround.