Adding DVI port?

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  1. blondie77 macrumors newbie

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    I want to be able to hook my MBP (purchases March '09) to my tv to watch shows through my laptop. I've read the posts and see what cables I need, but I realized I only have USB ports, no DVI ports! D'oh! Never had one put in when I bought it! (I AM blonde after all :D).

    Can I add a DVI port to my existing MBP or could I hook up to my tv via USB?

    Thanks for your help!
     
  2. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

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    You can't add ports to your MBP.

    You don't mention which model you bought, or if you bought it new, to narrow down the specs, but assuming you mean the 17" that was released in Feb. 2009 with the Mini DisplayPort,
    features_io15_20100509.jpg
    all you need is a Mini DisplayPort to DVI adapter.
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  3. blondie77 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    :confused: Sorry...I'm not sure what model it is. I bought it brand new from Apple, custom configuration.

    I have to look when I'm at home, but I believe I only have USB ports or does this info help?

    MBP 15.4/2.4/CTO

    Custom configuration|
    2.4GHz Intel Core 2 Duo
    4GB 1066Mz DDR3 SDRAM-2x2GB
    250GB Serial ATA @ 7200
    SuperDrive 8X DL
    NO DVI Adapter
    NO VGA Adapter
    No Remote
    iWork '09 Preinstalled.
    No Final Cut Exp Preinstalled
    No Aperture Preinstalled
    No Logic Exp Preinstalled
    No Filemaker Preinstalled
    No Microsoft Office Preinstall
    KYBD/User's Guide
    Country Kit
     
  4. spinnerlys Guest

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    To find out what exact Mac you have, do the following. The last step can be ignored, just post the Model Identifier here.

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    This is the only 17" MBP with 2.4GHz, the Unibody released in 2009 had 2.66GHz. That model I linked to was released in 2007 and has a full size DVI port on the right side.

    EDIT: Just saw the 15 in 15", thus here the correct links. Pre-Unibody 2.4GHz MBP, Unibody 2.4GHz MBP.

    Pre-Unibody MacBook Pros
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    Unibody MBPs since June 2009
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  5. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

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    No MBP ever made had only USB ports and no display port.
     
  6. diablo2112 macrumors 6502

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    Correct. You didn't order the *adapters*. You have the port, just need to pickup the dongle. You'll be fine. BTW, you can also get an HDMI adapter if you prefer for hookup, though you won't have audio on the cable (only the 2010 MBPs support audio over HDMI).
     
  7. blondie77 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    The dongle being the Mini DisplayPort to DVI adapter?

    Yeah, maybe I need a tech savy friend to help me out. :p
     
  8. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

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    Yes, and yes.
     
  9. blondie77 thread starter macrumors newbie

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