iMac Dual Monitor

Discussion in 'iMac' started by pancho, Dec 1, 2006.

  1. pancho macrumors newbie

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    I'm looking to get my soon-to-arrive iMac 24" hooked up to my Dell 20" 2007fpw monitor and I have a few questions:

    1- What cable exactly do I need? The Dell monitor supports VGA, DVI and S-Video. I don't want to use VGA (already used by xbox 360) but will the Mini-DVI to DVI adapter work? I have no idea how the whole DVI-A, DVI-I, DVI-D thng works, has anyone ever done this on a Dell monitor? Would it be like iMac Mini-DVI > Mini-DVI to DVI > DVI Cable > Monitor?

    2- Can I have different resolutions on those 2 monitors? The dell only supports up to 1680x1050, will it work?

    Thanks in advance
     
  2. swiftaw macrumors 603

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    The video output from the iMac is a miniDVI output, so you'll need an adaptor no matter what. I have a miniDVI to DVI converter bought from the apple store and then just connect that to the DVI cable supplied with the Dell monitor.

    Yes, you can have both screens at different resolutions.
     
  3. WildCowboy Administrator/Editor

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    You are 100% on target. That adapter will work just fine with that monitor in the setup you envision. And yes, you can set the resolutions of the two displays independently.
     
  4. pancho thread starter macrumors newbie

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    That's all I needed to know, thank you both of you!
     
  5. pancho thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Oh trust me, I would, but being outside the US makes it a lot harder and specially more expensive to get this kind of stuff, so I'll stick with 2 for the time being. Thanks for the suggestion though!
     
  6. BurtonCCC macrumors 65816

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    I thought iMacs can only do mirror presentation on two screens? I was told that you couldn't use extended desktop...

    Daniel.
     
  7. WildCowboy Administrator/Editor

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    No...recent iMacs can do both.

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  8. rogersmj macrumors 68020

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    That restriction was removed a long time ago. I wouldn't have bought an iMac if it couldn't do dual screens...I have to have at least two to get any work done.
     

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