External Monitor adapter

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by cheeserandyburg, Dec 7, 2011.

  1. cheeserandyburg macrumors newbie

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    May 3, 2011
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    Quick question,

    I have a 4 year old Dell 19" monitor that I want to connect to my 17" Macbook Pro as an external.

    Macbook Pro has "mini displayport"

    And the Dell has both VGA and DVI ports.

    I wanna go:

    (MBP) MINI-DISPLAYPORT > (DELL) DVI

    Sounded simple until I found out about Passive vs Active adapters?

    Here's the two possibilities I have:


    Passive Adapter: http://ca.startech.com/AV/Displaypo...ayPort-to-DVI-Cable-Adapter-Converter~MDP2DVI


    Active Adapter: http://ca.startech.com/AV/Displayport-Converters/Mini-DisplayPort-to-DVI-Active-Adapter~MDP2DVIS


    Which one is for me? Or can I go for either?


    Thanks
     
  2. Detrius macrumors 68000

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    Asheville, NC
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    Active:
    Passive:
    From the descriptions on the links you provided, it sounds like passive will be fine, since you're using a normal graphics card with a normal monitor.
     

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