DELL flat panel display monitors incompatible with iBook?

Discussion in 'PowerPC Macs' started by lucylab, Aug 29, 2005.

  1. lucylab
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    We just purchased an iBook G4 12" for my daughter (high school). It is our first Apple product (we have a house full of Windows machines all networked + my work Thinkpad).So far, I really like the iBook (and so does my daughter!).

    She needs an external monitor for home use. I'm considering several options, including a Dell 17" flat panel display, which DELL lists as being "PC only". When I called DELL to explore this, the answer I got was (a) it is a "driver thing" and (b) if I hook it up to a MAC machine the performance of the flat panel display will be inferior.

    OK MAC experts, is that really true? Can I use the DELL flat panel without any performance sacrifice or other issues?

    Thanks.
     
  2. vniow
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    The quality will be the same as if you were hooking it up to a PC with a VGA output. The whole drivers thing is crap.

    However since the iBook only supports mirroring natively, you'll be stuck with 1024x768 unless you want to apply a patch (search the boards or Google) which would enable higher resolutions.
     
  3. lucylab
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    Thanks

    Thanks.

    The "driver thing" seem odd to me.

    I did find the 3rd party software to enable adjusting the resolution on the monitor to something other than mirroring the iBook.
     
  4. WillMak
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    that's pretty messed up for Dell support to lie to your face like that. I have a 19 inch "PC only" LCD that works fine with my ibook. I have the span hack as well and it work perfectly. Your daughter will have fun watching movies and typing up papers with two screens!
     
  5. Chundles
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    Search for "Screen Spanning Doctor" install and run it, it'll solve your problems.

    And it's Mac, not MAC. A Mac is a short name for a Macintosh computer, a MAC is an acronym for Media Access Control which is a hardware address that is used to uniquely identify each node of a network.

    I don't mean to sound patronising but hey, learning is half the battle..... GI JOOOEEEE!!!
     
  6. admiraldennis
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    I don't know why Dell would lie to you, but any VGA monitor will work with your iBook, including Dell's great line of flat panels.
     

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