External Monitor questions

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by leftPCbehind209, Jul 21, 2011.

  1. leftPCbehind209 macrumors member

    Aug 23, 2010
    I have a new MBP 15" with Radeon HD 6750.

    I have a couple of questions related to hooking up to external monitor - DELL U2410. I'm already using the display port output to hookup the U2410 to my Mac Pro.

    1) Should I use the HDMI or DVI from the U2410?

    2) Do I get a cord that uses HDMI/DVI connector (from monitor) to a Mini Displayport (to MBP)


    Do I get a MDP adaptor to either HDMI or DVI

    3) The graphic card on the MBP is 1680x1050, right? Is there a way to get a higher resolution than that when using the external monitor?

    ANything else I should know? Thanks.
  2. dagamer34 macrumors 65816


    May 1, 2007
    Houston, TX
    You'll want DVI, I don't think HDMI can handle more than 1920x1080 (that monitor is 1920x1200). Get a direct cable from monoprice.com and it'll be quite cheap.

    OS X will display the max resolution for the monitors connected automatically so no other configuration should be needed.
  3. WickedPuddin macrumors member

    Jun 15, 2011
    You can use Dvi unless you want audio to carry over also. It doesn't really matter. As for the resolution, you macbook can definetly handle higher resolutions. My 13' with intergrated graphics handles 1920 by 1080 easily.
  4. kasakka macrumors 68000

    Oct 25, 2008
    HDMI is just DVI + audio. It can do up to 1920x1200 in most implementations. The newer HDMI versions can go higher than that but I'm not aware of any computers or displays that support that. In most laptops you need Displayport if you want to use higher than 1920x1200 resolution.

    For the OP I suggest a MBP -> mini-Displayport to DVI adapter -> display DVI port.

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