12" powerbook with a 2405FPW?

Discussion in 'PowerPC Macs' started by GbV76, Oct 9, 2005.

  1. GbV76 macrumors member

    Nov 29, 2003
    Ontario, Canada
    I just picked up a used 12" 1.33 powerbook. I want to get an external screen, and I'm toying with the idea of a Dell 2405FPW. I'm wondering if the powerbook will work ok with the display? It's supposed to support up to 2048 x 1536 on an external display, so I assume it'll do the 1920 x 1200 of the Dell? Does anyone else have this setup going?
  2. FFTT macrumors 68030


    Apr 17, 2004
    A Stoned Throw From Ground Zero
    You should be more than fine with that set-up.

    My G5 still has the stock 64 MB GPU and it's plenty powerful enough to push my Dell 2405.
  3. robbieduncan Moderator emeritus


    Jul 24, 2002
    It should work fine. It'll probably work better in clamshell mode as the entire VRAM can be dedicated to the external screen.

    I get noticable slowdown on things like Expose when I have the internal screen on with my PowerBook (64Mb VRAM) and a 1280x768 external screen, so 1900x1200 would be worse.
  4. javiercr macrumors 6502


    Apr 12, 2005
    I have that laptop and i usually think of buying that screen and I have looked into this in the past and it should work (never actually bought the dell because I always happen to see the apple 20'' just before and although smaller it is so much more beautiful that I stop thinking dell :))
  5. 1nsanity macrumors regular

    Jun 27, 2005
    I currently use my 15" with a Dell fpw2405 and it works great. Ok it had 128mb vram but still, I use to have a 12" 1.33ghz and it worked on a friend's ACD23" perfectly!
  6. macbaseball macrumors 6502a


    Feb 27, 2005
    Northern California
    It will work fine, but just be warned that the fan will be running pretty much all the time. If that doesn't bother you, than go ahead. It's a great value. Make sure you use coupons to get it under $900 or $800 if you time it right.

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