iMac + 19" TFT?

Discussion in 'iMac' started by Caris, Jan 14, 2008.

  1. Caris macrumors 6502a


    Sep 25, 2006
    Newcastle Upon Tyne, UK
    Hey everyone, i've been thinking of adding a 19" 16:10 TFT Monitor i have going spare to my iMac but i have a few questions regarding the issue.

    First of all will the GPU in my iMac cope with it ok? It's only the 128MB 2400XT and like i say i'm unsure if it will be able to cope with 2 high res displays as well as HD editing and other stuff.

    Also if it does cope will i see much of a rise in my temp's or not? I don't really want them going higher than they are now, especially my GPU and HD.

    Last but not least if it does cope and everything fine do i have to download and software to enable this or is it built in to OSX, i just want to be able to drag videos and apps into the other monitor and view them on that.

    Cheers again!
  2. psonice macrumors 6502a

    Jul 22, 2005
    I use an external 19" screen, it runs fine although I'm on a 24" imac so it's a radeon 2600. I'd have thought your mac would have no real trouble with the extra space. It may be a little slower if you really push it, and it may run slightly hotter if you really push it (although I doubt you'd see a difference).

    As to getting it running - you buy the right cable (for me it was a mini-dvi to dvi - cheap on ebay, expensive from apple) and plug it in. It should work immediately, but it's worth going into the display preferences and telling osx where the monitor is (moving the mouse off the far right of the screen and having it appear on the far left because that's where osx thinks it is makes working on it painful!). You can tell it that the 19" is lower too, so that the mouse stays in the right place when you move between desktops.

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