iMac and extra monitor question

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by chronocrosser, Apr 17, 2008.

  1. chronocrosser macrumors newbie

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    Hi all,

    I need some input here.

    I'm looking to buy the iMac 2.8 gHz 24" when the Penryn processor comes in...

    I have a 24" widescreen non-Mac monitor already - can I plug that into the iMac so I have 2 monitors? Or do i need another video card/better faster video card than what it comes with?

    I'm dying to get a Mac - does anyone know if the new model will be out this month? (April) I'm following that rumour page pretty much every day :)
     
  2. MM07 macrumors 6502a

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  3. cherry su macrumors 65816

    cherry su

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    All you need is a miniDVI to DVI converter. You can get that from the Apple store (or a 3rd party reseller).
     
  4. chronocrosser thread starter macrumors newbie

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    thanks you 2.

    That's great!

    So now, Cherry is the quality you are getting still awesome - I mean screen refreshing etc...

    I'm not up on how video cards work - but on my PC now with 2 monitors the refresh seems to be very weird...

    I mean the 24" iMac mon is huge and then I am plugging in another 24" mon - is the ATI Radeon HD 2600 PRO with 256MB memory able to handle the 2 mons with great quality? Or should I up the MB to 512?

    I know - this is such a greedy question..I feel like Hugh Jackman in Swordfish. :D
     
  5. orpheus1120 macrumors 65816

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    You can't upgrade the GPU youself unless it's a BTO option.

    The iMac graphic card - whichever it might be when penryn comes will be capable of powering an additional display (up to 23") adequately without compromising graphics.
     
  6. chronocrosser thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Just in case anyone else stumbles across this and has the same problem...the comments given worked fine for me - I have a generic widescreen monitor and with the cable I was able extend my 24" iMac monitor to a huge size with no loss in resolution/sharpness etc...the only problem is the crystal iMac screen looks 1 million times better than the non-crystal screen - so I stick the email and typing apps on that side while I work in the clearer crystal side for Photoshop etc.

    Yes I am greedy with the monitor space - and the 3.0ghz iMac is the best Mac I have ever had for a web designer like myself.

    Cheers.
     

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