Connect External Monitor via USB - MacBook Pro

Discussion in 'MacBook' started by kdelaney, Apr 23, 2011.

  1. macrumors newbie

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    Greetings! I live in a blended family (I use mac :apple:, roommate uses pc :eek: - haven't converted her yet). She and I would like to live in harmony and use a shared desktop workstation.

    I've hooked all external components (mouse, keyboard, printer) via USB to a Lenovo K33415 Port Replicator. NEC AccuSync LCD also connected to Port Replicator via VGA.

    When I plug her PC in, it recognizes all components immediately. My MacBook recognizes all components except the monitor.

    Do I have to use a Mini DisplayPort to connect the monitor to the Mac? Or can I make it work as is with the USB?

    Thank you sooooo much!!!! :eek:
     
  2. macrumors member

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    Does the port replicator work with displaylink software? that's pretty much the standard for USB video: http://www.displaylink.com/ The os x driver is here: http://www.displaylink.com/support/mac_downloads.php

    Note usb video is really slow to respond vs the displayport or dvi or vga because of the limited bandwidth and you will need the built-in screen on that macbook to install the driver but you should be able to watch youtube videos. Also, forget games, it does NO 3d.
     
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    they do have USB dongles which convert to a VGA display. OWC sells them (as well as chinese vendors) and they work, but to a limited extent. We use them at a K-12 school and for that use it is fine. I would do mini display to vga if you are doing anything video related.
     

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