a 1200x1920 portrait monitor usb solution?

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  1. mattspace, Jul 22, 2013
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    Hi,

    I'm thinking of trying to configure my 2009 3,1 Mini as triple display, with a 27" 2560x1440 main and rotating my current pair of 24" 1920x1200 displays to be portrait orientation on each side, to get my workspace back in front of me, and palette space on both sides.

    I can drive the big screen from the mini display port, and one of the 24" from the DVI port, but what are the options for the second 24"? Does anyone know of a usb or firewire peripheral that can drive 1920x1200 rotated to 1200x1920?

    thanks.
     
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    http://plugable.com/products/uga-3000

     
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    Thanks for the responses. I'e been looking at the DisplayLink products, but wasn't sure if there was something fundamentally different about driving 1920x1200 vs 1200x1920, since I recall that rotation used to be a feature of certain graphics options when I was last looking at hardware.

    The page for the UGA-3000 specifically mentions that the system's graphics hardware drives the USB display. I wonder if the GeForce 9400 is capable of driving all 3 monitors?
     
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    I think the displaylink adapters can be rotated. I have one lying around somewhere - will try and dig it out of the box and see.

    However, the one I have (a USB2 version) has pretty much zero graphics acceleration, so even things like the magnification on the dock bar look a little weird (low res). Some programs had problems displaying on that display - I think pages was acting odd, perhaps because it needed some of the acceleration libraries.

    For my use it was okay, since i was mainly keeping email on it. But Its not a great general solution. I eventually decided 2 massive displays was enough and a didn't need a third, so I haven't used it in about a year.

    And yeah, games are completely out. :)
     
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    If all you want to know is will the Displaylink drivers let you rotate your display, the answer is "yes - when they work".

    I have a 7" Mimo USB display sitting in my closet that worked great under 10.5 and 10.6, started acting flaky with 10.7, then didn't work at all under 10.8.2. I haven't even bothered trying it with 10.8.3 and 10.8.4 since I don't have an afternoon to spend trying to get their stupid drivers installed and tested. But when they worked - rotation worked fine.
     

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