Which Macs offer dual display support

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  1. Tan from London macrumors newbie

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    Do the Quad macs or Dual powermacs support dual display without the purchase of another cards, i.e. running two 20" monitors? Does the Mini Mac allow dual display (not mirror) or can i get dual display with an iMac? Thanks
     
  2. realityisterror macrumors 65816

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    All Macs except for the Mac mini.
    (Out of the box, at least. I think there's a USB or FireWire video card for the mini)
     
  3. GimmeSlack12 macrumors 603

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    All of the Macs except the iBook and Mac mini offer dual displays.
     
  4. plinden macrumors 68040

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    But just to avoid any possibility of confusion, for the iMac and the laptops, dual display means they can run an additional external monitor, not two external monitors.
     
  5. balamw Moderator

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    Also to avoid confusion, only the Intel iMac and MacBook have this feature officially out of the box, for the iMac G5 and iBook G4 you needed a screen spanning hack.

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  6. Danksi macrumors 68000

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    ... not out of the box, but the iBook can run an external VGA monitor using the 'Screen Spanning Doctor' application.
     
  7. Tan from London thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Sorry, bit lost here. Can the Imac g5 (not intel) run an additional display (not mirror display) and if so, how?

    What is it about the intel imac that allows this?
     
  8. Tan from London thread starter macrumors newbie

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    reason for asking is that i might be given an Imac and I have a DVI monitor and wondered if they can work side by side.
     
  9. balamw Moderator

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    Apple enabled this feature by default in the Intel Macs, but on the older consumer boxes (iMac, iBook) it was disabled so you were limited to mirroring unless you used the hack that Danski linked to.

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  10. plinden macrumors 68040

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    Do you know how old the iMac is? The Intel ones support dual monitors but the G5 ones don't out of the box. The screen spanning hack mentioned above allows this on the older G5 iMacs and iBooks.
     
  11. Tan from London thread starter macrumors newbie

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    With the screen spanning Doctor, can you runan external DVI monitor or does it have to be a VGA? Also what resolution do you get. Thanks.
     
  12. balamw Moderator

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    You can run a DVI monitor from the iMac G5 with SSD, but not from an iBook since it only had mini-VGA. The resolution depends on the amount of VRAM in your iMac, but you should be able to drive an external 20" ACD which is 1600 x 1050.

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  13. Danksi macrumors 68000

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    Really? I didn't think the iMac G5 could handle a DVI connection only VGA?
     
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  15. DanielGilbert macrumors member

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    If you're being offered an iMac, I suggest you take it, regardless of its display support abilities ;)
     
  16. Chundles macrumors G4

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    No, only the Intel iMac has mini DVI out, the iMac G5 had mini VGA out and requires the screen spanning hack.
     

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