Second monitor option with the imac

Discussion in 'Mac Pro' started by JW8725, Feb 28, 2006.

  1. JW8725 macrumors 6502a

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    Well I was let down with the graphics on the new Intel Mac mini and have decided to buy the 20" iMac instead. However I have a 40" LCD screen which I had initially decided to pair with the mini. Well I've changed my mind about the mini totally and and I'm concentrating on the imac.

    Can I do the following (sorry if its a stupidly simple question, been away from Tiger since Nov, I've forgotten how the Apple OS works):

    Use the imac to surf net on my computer desk. Then connect my 40" LCD via DVI for the times I just wanna lay in bed next to my lady and surf the net. I want both windows to work independantly so the other half can browse some ladies site while I gander about some apple site (yes I know theres only 1 keyboard and mouse, suppose we'll take turns I guess)

    Does OS Tiger on the iMac allow this? Also does using the mini DVI adapter hinder the quality of DVI output?
     
  2. robbieduncan Moderator emeritus

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    Yes you can do that with an iMac. The Intel ones support both Spanning (which is what you want) and Mirroring (where both screens show the same).

    The mini-DVI port is just the same (and as good) as a full size one. Quality is the same.
     
  3. MRU macrumors demi-god

    MRU

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    Yep :) I have a 20" with an extra 20" Dell 2005FPW on my desk in my bedroom, and when I'm lazy I plug the extra dvi into my projector and watch films, surf the net on a massive screen. Great for movies as the imac now supports 5.1 optical...
     
  4. nosser macrumors regular

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    yup works perfectly! I have a dell 20" with my 17" intel imac
     

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