Can a MacBook support parallel displays?

Discussion in 'MacBook' started by John876, Jun 24, 2008.

  1. John876 macrumors newbie

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    I'm an apple user who turned windows and is coming back, but I'm absolutely addicted to using a parallel display with my current ThinkPad. I had an iBook a few years back, and I remember that at the time the PowerBook could support paralell displays, but the iBook couldn't. Is the same true of the MacBook, will I need to buy an MB Pro just to be able to have dual displays.

    P.S. I'm not sure I have the terminology 100% right, so jsut to clarify, when I say parallell displays, I mean having your two displays each show something different.

    Thanks a bunch
     
  2. iShater macrumors 604

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    MBs do support mirroring (showing the same content on both displays) and spanning (using both as separate displays). You will be good to go.

    Hopefully I got the terms right myself! But I am 100% sure about the functionality. :D
     
  3. Digital Skunk macrumors 604

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    Extended Desktop is the word.

    Mirroring is correct

    Yes, you are correct, the MB does support up to a 23"/24"/27" (2560x1200 or something like that resolution) monitor.
     
  4. Matek macrumors 6502a

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    Incorrect! The MB only supports up to 1920x1200 (link).
     
  5. Digital Skunk macrumors 604

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    Like I said, something like that. As in the monitor sizes I posted. Thanks for the link though, I am sure the OP can make good use of it.
     
  6. jackiecanev2 macrumors 65816

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    The MB will support an external monitor, in both open and closed mode. I think you are looking for open, though. You will need to purchase an adapter, as the macbook comes with a mini-dvi port only; you have your choice of DVI or VGA on the other end.
     

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