extra display?

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by flynntargart, Oct 4, 2006.

  1. flynntargart macrumors newbie

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    So I went ahead and got my mac pro and my wife's iMac. She'll want two LCD's too, and I want to make sure they are of quality. I think I'm going with the dell 2007wfp which seems to be the crowd favorite :D
    My question though is how to hook it up? I saw on Apple.com that you need this: http://store.apple.com/1-800-MY-APP...ore.woa/wo/3.RSLID?mco=4D2F2935&nplm=M9321G/B
    to connect the iMac to the external display.
    But a few of the comments talk about how it's DVI-I only, and the Dell uses DVI-D. I don't personally own any LCD's (ya, I know... hence the massive upgrade-age) but I've worked on a few and I'm pretty sure that those aren't interchangeable, and will require a DVI-I to VGA adapter, which intern causes the Dell to well... look crappy..

    Input? :confused:
     
  2. xfiftyfour macrumors 68030

    xfiftyfour

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    That adapter will work fine - I have a MB, and I use the mini-dvi to dvi adapter to connect it to my Dell 2407wfp, and it works great.

    I also used it to connect the MB to a 1907fp, and that worked with it as well.

    I'm pretty much a newb when it comes to specifics (ie: dvi-i vs dvi-d), but I do know this works! haha
     
  3. bearbo macrumors 68000

    bearbo

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    i dont know if these are the same thing, but i thought the ACD 30" use some dual link, is that the DVI-D?

    if that's true, why would dell 20" use DVI-D?
     
  4. rogersmj macrumors 68020

    rogersmj

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    flynntargart, that's exactly the adapter you need. I have my Dell 2007wfp hooked up to my iMac with that adapter.

    The issue is that DVI-D, from what I've seen, also carries the analog signal. Have you ever seen those little DVI-to-VGA adapters? Those can only be put on DVI-D ports. The Apple miniDVI to DVI-I adapter, then, could not be combined with a DVI-to-VGA adapter in order to get a VGA signal. You'd have to buy the Apple miniDVI to VGA adapter for that.
     

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