Connecting second monitor

Discussion in 'iMac' started by marfrie56, Apr 25, 2013.

  1. marfrie56 macrumors newbie

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    I realize that with the 27" screen, I have a lot of real estate.
    Well, I'm a real estate glutton. I have screens galore from former systems, and instead of letting them all go idle, I'd like to connect a 19" HP (not wide) flatscreen to my iMac. It happens to be the perfect size and aspect ratio for a document or a normally sized web page.
    I understand that I need a Thunderbolt to HDMI cable to do this.
    Anything else I should consider?
    Any drivers, cards, or pookas I need to think about?
    Anybody else as much as a real estate hog as I?
    Anybody else have multiple monitors on their iMac?
     
  2. simsaladimbamba

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    You either need a Mini DisplayPort (MDP) to DisplayPort or HDMI or DVI or VGA adapter, depending on the best interface the 19" display has to offer.

     
  3. marfrie56 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    The 19" has a standard HDMI port as well as a VGA port.
    I don't really know what the MDP will do.
    I have a 27" iMac I just bought 2 weeks ago - so it has the thunderbolt connections. Do I need anything beyond a thunderbolt to HDMI cable? That's my question.
     
  4. simsaladimbamba

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    No, you do not need anything else besides an MDP to HDMI cable/adapter, since Thunderbolt is based on that thing and adds additional functionality.

    To learn more about Thunderbolt (TB) and its compatibility with Mini DisplayPort (MDP):
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