Connecting mid-2012 Macbook Pro to two external monitors

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  1. bluebeard86, Feb 21, 2018
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    bluebeard86 macrumors newbie

    bluebeard86

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    #1
    Hi!
    I am trying to connect my mid-2012 Macbook Pro to 2 external monitors.

    The first monitor is already connected via Thunderbolt.
    I have a Thunderbolt to HDMI adapter, then a HDMI cable into the monitor.
    I currently use my macbook as a second monitor, but I have been gifted a new monitor and wish to use that as the second monitor and no longer use my macbook as a screen (I can store it under my desk quite easily).

    My existing monitor is a Samsung S27E390H.
    http://www.samsung.com/au/monitors/led-se390/LS27E390HSXY/
    It has a HDMI input and RGB input and that seems to be about it.

    The new monitor is a HP ZR2740W.
    HP ZR2740w 27-inch LED Backlit IPS Monitor - Specifications | HP® Customer Support
    It does not have a HDMI input. It has a display port input, DVI video input, USB-B input and 2 x USB-A input.

    My mid-2012 macbook pro has - the following inputs -
    - Ethernet
    - Firewire
    - Thunderbolt
    - 2 x USB ports
    MacBook Pro (15-inch, Mid 2012) - Technical Specifications

    I have absolutely no idea how to connect my laptop to both monitors. I thought I had a solution but I've realised since that this won't work (I thought the DVI video was a VGA because I'm dumb).

    Would this work?
    https://www.amazon.com.au/gp/produc..._act_title_2?ie=UTF8&psc=1&smid=ABCCTSUZLWMMC
    Then connect the HDMI monitor via HDMI and the DVI monitor via DVI?

    I'm happy to buy whatever I can to make this work - even if it costs a little bit of extra money.
    Help me Mac Rumours!

    Thanks,
    Dom
     
  2. Apple fanboy macrumors Nehalem

    Apple fanboy

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    #2
    So your monitor is 2560x1440 resolution. The link you have supports a max resolution of 1920x1080 so it's not going to look great.

    Struggled to find one, but a longer search might help you find one.
     
  3. DeltaMac macrumors G3

    DeltaMac

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    #4
    That adapter will give you three different connections to use, BUT read the note on that page:
    So, you can connect one display at a time to that adapter, leaving you (again) with a second display to connect, somehow.
    The Thunderbolt connection can daisy-chain two thunderbolt displays, and there may be one of the (large $) thunderbolt docks that might get you two simultaneous connections, but your old MBPro is only thunderbolt 1, so limits what you can do externally through that bus.
     

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