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Dual Catleap monitors hinged together and housing removed... but Mac Mini won't recognize both

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I purchased two Catleap Q270's, then I removed the housing and hinged both panels together. I did this so I could fold the setup in half, and then place into a 25" x 14" x 2" case and carry it onto a plane with me. The total weight is about 21lbs. I've carried my 27" iMac onto flights before (after removing the stand) and it weighs around 30lbs, so this idea was very appealing to me.

Photo: Dual Catleap Setup

I then bought a mac mini to power these. Specs: 2.5GHz dual-core Intel Core i5 with AMD Radeon HD 6630M and it's running Lion. The graphics processor in this can handle dual thunderbolt displays, so I figured it could handle two Catleaps.

My problem now is that I can hook one Catleap up via DVI-D > Dual Link DVI adapter > Mini DisplayPort

but my Mac Mini won't even recognize the second monitor that is hooked up via DVI-D > DVI to HDMI adapter > HDMI

Even if I unplug the first monitor, the Mac Mini will not recognize the Catleap plugged into its HDMI port. The screen is just black.

Do I need to buy the HDMI Catleap? I hope to get native 2560 x 1440 out of these both, but I'd be happy with 1920 x 1200 on one of them... until a new mac mini comes out with dual thunderbolt ports.

Is there anything I can do with SwitchResX?

Would something like this do the trick?:

http://www.atlona.com/ATLONA-HDMI-MINI-DISPLAYPORT-TO-MINI-DISPLAYPORT-SCALER-AND-SWITCHER.html

Is it the OSX, Lion that is the issue? Would Mountain Lion perform the same way? Perhaps reverting back to Snow Leopard would do it?

TLDR: Assuming that my Mac Mini had only an HDMI port, how might one go about connecting a Catleap to it?

Thanks!!
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The HDMI port can only output a maximum of 1920x1200 and needs a Catleap model that accepts HDMI to work. frown.gif
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So if I buy the Catleap Multi then I should be good? At least at 1920 x 1200?

Do you think I could get it to run at 2560 x 1440 w/ switchresx?
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