Dual Monitor with MacBook

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by stellarceltic, Nov 3, 2007.

  1. stellarceltic macrumors member

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    While I love my MacBook, I'd love to also set up my old Dell flatscreen and run a dual-monitor setup (not mirroring).

    The Dell monitor (1704FPT - http://support.dell.com/support/edocs/monitors/1704fpt/EN/about.htm#Bottom View ) that I want to use has a DVI port on the back of it.

    I bought a mini-DVI to DVI adaptor, thinking I could just use that, but then I realized that the end of the adapter and the port on the monitor were the same. Each had holes, neither had pins.

    Is that normal? Was I supposed to just buy a cable that had pins on each end? Or am I forced to use a VGA adapter? I was hoping to use a DVI because I heard it's a MUCH sharper image.

    Thanks for your help.
     
  2. danny_w macrumors 601

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    Yes, you needed the mini-DVI to DVI adapter that you have. Just use a standard DVI cable to attach the DVI end to upir monitor. DVI cables are male (pins) on both ends.
     
  3. stellarceltic thread starter macrumors member

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    Thanks. I wasn't aware that a standard DVI cable was male on each end.

    Another thing.... the Dell isn't widescreen. Am I going to have stretching? Or since I'm not mirroring will it appear normal?
     
  4. danny_w macrumors 601

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    The MB will allow you to set the resolutions separately for the monitor and laptop, and they include both ws and standard formats.
     
  5. stellarceltic thread starter macrumors member

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    Wow you are the man. Thanks a ton.

    Last question...

    It looks like the adapter is DVI-D only, which is fine because the monitor is also. Where is the best place to get a DVI-D cable, and how much should I look to pay?

    I remember the guy at the Apple store saying they didn't sell them.
     
  6. kaidomac macrumors member

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    My friend has a question about rotation on the MacBook: does the display prefs on the external monitor include rotation support?
     
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  8. TheStu macrumors 65816

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    Yes it does.
     

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