How do I expand my desktop to two or 3 moniters?

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  1. doffa beena macrumors newbie

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    Hi everybody, my question is this-
    i want to use 2 moniters for working on my macbook pro.
    i dont want to have the second one mirror my desktop, but be an extension of it. i do audio work running a sequencer and multiple plug-ins so i need a bigger viewing area to work more efficiently.
    I will either purchase a second moniter, use my iMac g5, or ibook g4 as the second moniter.
    anyways, what are the best ways to do this?
    do i need new software?
    what cords and connections will i need?
    Is there an easy way to do this?
    Would it be possible to use all 3 simultaneously?
    any help would be appreciated.
    thnx in advance
    doffa

    macbook pro 10.5.5 intel core duo 2.4 2gigs ram
    imac g5 1.8 ppc 1gig ram
    ibook g4 1.3 ppc (??) 1gigram
     
  2. iBookG4user macrumors 604

    iBookG4user

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    I do not believe that you can use another computer as a second monitor, but if you buy another monitor then you would be able to do what you want. All you have to do is connect the monitor via DVI and go to the display preferences and uncheck the "mirror displays" option if it is checked.
     
  3. Demosthenes X macrumors 68000

    Demosthenes X

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    The MBP will support a 30" monitor out of the box - all you need to do is plug it in. You cannot use another computer as a monitor, strictly speaking. There are software methods to do so, but they're far from perfect and, critically, do not work in perfect real time (there's a slight time lag).

    If you want to use two externals, you'll need a third-party adapter like this.
     

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