Display connection advice

Discussion in 'Mac Accessories' started by alexpb86, Mar 28, 2010.

  1. alexpb86 macrumors newbie

    Mar 28, 2010
    I have an old iMac, one of the first 17 inch Intels. Unfortunately the display has been gradually aquiring more and more vertical lines over the past year. I'm going to be replacing it with a MacBook pro when it's eventually updated. Until then I'm wondering if it's possible to connect an external display to my old iMac even though I can barely see the screen anymore. It's just a temporary solution until I get the new laptop as I will also be able to use the new display with the MacBook pro when I get it.

    So essentially I need advice on what cables I would need to do this. Also can anyone recomend a 24 inch display that will work with my old iMac and new MacBook pro? I can't afford an apple display, probably looking much more at the budget end of the scale for the time being.
  2. Hellhammer Moderator


    Staff Member

    Dec 10, 2008
    I think it has a Mini-DVI port so any monitor with DVI, VGA or HDMI will work (=any monitor).

    These are the top-seller 24"s in NewEgg.

    Then you need a Mini-DVI to DVI adapter. Both monitors come with VGA and DVI cable so no need for an extra cable. Then for your upcoming MBP, you need Mini DisplayPort to DVI adapter or HDMI/VGA if you want so
  3. alexpb86 thread starter macrumors newbie

    Mar 28, 2010
    Thanks for your help. That clears things up perfectly.

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