Can 1st Gen MBA run 30'' External Display

Discussion in 'MacBook Air' started by MPHL, Mar 10, 2009.

  1. MPHL macrumors regular


    Apr 7, 2008
    I would like to run a 30'' dell monitor from my 1st gen that possible?

    If not, is there anything to make that possible?
  2. nickcliborne macrumors 6502

    Aug 25, 2008
    Nut house
    The 1st gen x3100 graphics card can only support a digital resolution of 1920X1200.

    So to answer your question no it will not run the 30" in it's native 2560x1600 resolution. If you run the 30" in 1920x1200 it will just stretch thing and it just doesn't look good. Hit up the local apple store and put their 30" display in 1920x1200 and judge for yourself.

    I would suggest sticking with a 24"

    The 2nd gen can push a 30" to its native resolution.
  3. eXan macrumors 601


    Jan 10, 2005
    It can't even output 1920x1200, the maximum resolution possible when connecting a 30" display to a single-link DVI port is 1280x800. Yes its true, search the forum if you dont believe me :rolleyes:
  4. Chundles macrumors G4


    Jul 4, 2005
    Max res is 1920x1200 and it's really very poor at doing that. I plugged ours into the 23" Cinema Display and when running it as a second screen it was just awful. Really laggy and moving windows around looked like watching a slideshow.

    If you plug a 30" display into a single link DVI plug it will output at 1280x800 (1/4 the resolution of the display) so that 4 pixels make up one pixel at that res and there is no interpolation.

    Looks awful though.
  5. Scottsdale macrumors 601


    Sep 19, 2008
    Upgrading to a rev B MBA is the ONLY way to make that possible with an MBA. Even a low end rev B MBA has an Nvidia 9400m capable of beautiful output to the 30" ACD.

    Best wishes.

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