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Mac mini graphics acceleration when running mostly headless

I've been having trouble logging into my Mac mini when running headless, because my iPhone-based keyboard doesn't work and AppleTV doesn't mirror. So I'm thinking about also plugging it in. I currently have a little HDMI wart that fools it into thinking there's a monitor installed.

Will the graphics accelerator work when headless if I plug it into an AVR/pre-pro but don't have that input selected? Alternately, is there a box that will fool it into thinking there's a monitor attached that also has an HDMI passthrough?

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I have a 2014 Mac Mini (2.6GHz Core i5). It is connected to my NAD T775HD receiver through HDMI. My NAD HDMI output is connected to my projector. I connect to my mac mini using VNC on my iPhone or screen sharing app on the iMac. Never have problems with this whether my receiver is on or not. Typically I have the receiver turned on if I am going to listen to music since I use HDMI to receiver for audio. But at other times, when I have to just perform some tasks, I do screen sharing to the Mac Mini from my older iMac.
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Thanks. I mostly don't use it for movies, but for music. So even if the AVR is on it's usually set to a different input. Also, I use Parallels on it for modeling loudspeaker crossovers.

The VNC option is interesting, and something I hadn't considered. I looked on the app store and it seems like there are a bunch of 'em. Any recommendations?

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Sorry - I saw your post only now. I use VNC Viewer. It works great. Also, I use my Mac Mini for music as well as movies/videos. For music, I use Audirvana. I use HDMI for audio to my receiver. My projector is off. Audirvana has an iPhone app as well. I use that to pick the music I want and play. Works great.
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