HDTV as "dual monitor"

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  1. bigpoppamac31 macrumors 68000

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    I have a 2011 MBP 15" and I'm curious to know if I can use my HDTV in a dual monitor set up. I know I can mirror my MBP on my HDTV but can I dual monitor??
     
  2. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

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    Yes, you can use any display (including a TV) as either a mirror of your original screen, or as an extended display.
     
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    I don't see why not... there should be mini-displayport adapters and/or cables to go from it to HDMI, VGA, HDMI, DVI... whatever the HDTV can support.

    You'd want to go into system preferences->displays. Then click the 'arrangement' button. You should see both monitors there, and do not have the 'mirror displays' checkbox checked.
     
  4. bigpoppamac31 thread starter macrumors 68000

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    So for whatever display I want as my "main" display I just drag the menu bar over from one to the other in the system prefs window? Can I go from thunderbolt to HDMI? I just ask cause I've seen many people complain of the dual monitor "issues" in Lion and Mountain Lion.
     
  5. SlyMac macrumors 6502

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    yes and yes. I use a minidisplay port to HDMI for connecting to my tv ($7 at monoprice and i saw one for $10 at micro center a couple weeks ago). I run lion and have yet to encounter a problem with extending my desktop. I cannot speak for mountain lion though.
     
  6. heisenberg123 macrumors 603

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    yes they are marketed as mini display port to HDMI with audio support but thats the same hole as thunderbolt
     
  7. takeshi74 macrumors 601

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    +1 on all counts.

    Keep in mind the nature of any discussion forum site. You'll see a lot of complaints. People rarely post just to say that everything is working fine.
     

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