Using dual monitors with the new iMac

Discussion in 'iMac' started by pankig, Mar 28, 2012.

  1. macrumors newbie

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    I have the latest iMac and someone at the apple store said that i couldnt dual monitor with the latest iMac unless it was the 27" - is this true??? I want to use my 19 inch NEC gx2 not another mac related monitor.
     
  2. simsaladimbamba

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    Any Intel Mac can at least another external display, some can use two external displays.
    from http://www.everymac.com/systems/app...mac-aluminum-mid-2011-thunderbolt-models.html found via "21.5" imac thunderbolt number of displays"
     
  3. thread starter macrumors newbie

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    so what is the thunderbolt cable that I need to do this?
     
  4. simsaladimbamba

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    Depending on the connection of your NEC, probably a Mini DisplayPort to DVI or VGA adapter, since the NEC probably has its own cable?

     
  5. macrumors member

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    You can also buy USB to VGA adapters at otherworldcomputing. They come with multiple adapters inside the package.
     
  6. IeU
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    You can use a second monitor with your IMac and does not need to be one from Apple.

    You just need to buy an adapter.

    MiniDisplay <> DVI or VGA (Depends on the connections your second monitor needs/has)

    The Thunderbolt connector on the back of your IMac can act as a MiniDisplay port (Backwards compatibility Thunderbolt > MiniDisplay).
     
  7. macrumors newbie

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    I am hoping to use my 21" Apple cinema display (circa early 2006) with a new iMac via the Thunderbolt output - i would require a MDP to DVI cable for this, correct?
     
  8. simsaladimbamba

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    Yes.
     

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