External Monitor With G3 iMac

Discussion in 'General Mac Discussion' started by MotgoveryBurns, Sep 2, 2004.

  1. MotgoveryBurns macrumors newbie

    Sep 2, 2004
    Is there any way to use an external monitor as an extended desktop on a g3 iMac? The iMac's VGA-out port only mirrors the image on the built-in crt, but i'd like to use it for second monitor. Is this possible?
  2. JeDiBoYTJ macrumors 6502a


    Jun 22, 2004
    Ft. Lauderdale, FL
    I dont think there is any way in the imac to do a 'dual display' without hacking it.

    there is some kind of 'firmware hack' for the iBook G3's to support dual-displays, but im not sure if there is any way to do it on a iMac G3
  3. jimsowden macrumors 68000


    Sep 6, 2003
    You know that the port is behind the case, right?
  4. emw macrumors G4


    Aug 2, 2004
  5. MotgoveryBurns thread starter macrumors newbie

    Sep 2, 2004
    ¿ :confused: ?
    I know where the vga port on my computer is, thanks.

    Thats kind of what i thought. Just wondering if there was something i hadn't heard of. Thanks for the input.
  6. aussie_geek macrumors 65816


    Apr 19, 2004
    Sydney Australia
    Take it apart and find out

    The vga port is the one that has the white connector coming out of it. You have to take the back cover off - the round white bit under the handle where the coloured part stops and the white part begins. The VGA port is the one with the white cable. The other ones are for power and the CD rom drive etc. The VGA plug needs to be undone as there are screws holding it in place.

    Here is a link for taking the back cover off the iMac G3 showing all the cables:

    iMac dissasembly pics

    With regards to extending the viewable area of the iMac, I don't think you can do this as there is only one VGA port for display.

    have fun!! :D


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