12" powerbook with a 2405FPW?

Discussion in 'PowerPC Macs' started by GbV76, Oct 9, 2005.

  1. GbV76 macrumors member

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    I just picked up a used 12" 1.33 powerbook. I want to get an external screen, and I'm toying with the idea of a Dell 2405FPW. I'm wondering if the powerbook will work ok with the display? It's supposed to support up to 2048 x 1536 on an external display, so I assume it'll do the 1920 x 1200 of the Dell? Does anyone else have this setup going?
     
  2. FFTT macrumors 68030

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    You should be more than fine with that set-up.

    My G5 still has the stock 64 MB GPU and it's plenty powerful enough to push my Dell 2405.
     
  3. robbieduncan Moderator emeritus

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    It should work fine. It'll probably work better in clamshell mode as the entire VRAM can be dedicated to the external screen.

    I get noticable slowdown on things like Expose when I have the internal screen on with my PowerBook (64Mb VRAM) and a 1280x768 external screen, so 1900x1200 would be worse.
     
  4. javiercr macrumors 6502

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    I have that laptop and i usually think of buying that screen and I have looked into this in the past and it should work (never actually bought the dell because I always happen to see the apple 20'' just before and although smaller it is so much more beautiful that I stop thinking dell :))
     
  5. 1nsanity macrumors regular

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    I currently use my 15" with a Dell fpw2405 and it works great. Ok it had 128mb vram but still, I use to have a 12" 1.33ghz and it worked on a friend's ACD23" perfectly!
     
  6. macbaseball macrumors 6502a

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    It will work fine, but just be warned that the fan will be running pretty much all the time. If that doesn't bother you, than go ahead. It's a great value. Make sure you use coupons to get it under $900 or $800 if you time it right.
     

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