Adding 2nd Monitor (how?)

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by Jim Bonza, Dec 29, 2009.

  1. Jim Bonza macrumors newbie

    Sep 2, 2009
    Hello everyone - I use a MacbookPro and because I work online and use
    several software programs at the same time, I would like to know if it
    is possible to add a monitor to my Mac.

    For example, I may be editing some software on my Mac, but at the same
    time running Parallels to use PC software.

    So I would enjoy having parallels running on my additional monitor while
    I am using my Mac for something else.

    *** So is this possible?

    *** And if so, what hardware/software do I need for the additional monitor?
  2. jpefjr macrumors regular


    Jul 8, 2008
    Jim, it's easy to add a second monitor to your MacBook Pro. If you have a recent MBP with a displayport (small port on the left side near the firewire and usb ports) then you can get an adapter from Apple to go from displayport to DVI and then use a DVI cable to hook up to your external monitor. All the software for multi-monitors is built into OS X under the System Preferences->Display item.
  3. Jim Bonza thread starter macrumors newbie

    Sep 2, 2009
    Thank you for the speedy reply, I appreciate your time here.

    (Yes I have a recent MBP)

    So to clarify, I need the following?

    1) DVI Adaptor
    2) DVI Cable
  4. jpefjr macrumors regular


    Jul 8, 2008
    That's correct. Although I should point out that while almost all recent monitors (made in the past couple years) have DVI input ports there are actually a few that do not. To be absolutely sure you need to look at the monitor you are planning on using with your MBP.

    As for the adapter, you can get it from Apple:

    The DVI cable will be available anywhere computers are sold - Best Buy, Frys, etc.
  5. Jim Bonza thread starter macrumors newbie

    Sep 2, 2009
  6. shoulin333 macrumors 6502a

    Jun 26, 2007
    one more thing. If you plan go get a large LCD (like a 30")

    You will need the MiniDisplayPort to DVI-D not the DVI.
    It is larger and a bit more expensive but just a heads up.
    If you are looking for like a 24" or smaller you wont need

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