iMac Dual Screen

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  1. Genghis Khan macrumors 65816

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    My question is simple

    Is it possible to hook up a 20" ACD to a 20" iMac?

    If so, how?
     
  2. DoFoT9 macrumors P6

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    what type of imac??

    EDIT: ALL imacs after the 17" early 2006 model (up to .82ghz processor) can support dual link display and video mirroring.. what type of way do you want to hook it up?? to replicate the imacs screen, or add extra desktop space?
     
  3. Genghis Khan thread starter macrumors 65816

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    i have a year old 20" iMac 2.16Ghz

    and i was hoping to be able to use the mini DVI to get extra desktop space
     
  4. DoFoT9 macrumors P6

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    ohh ok that will be sweet as to do, just need to grab a dvi capable monitor, or youd have to purchase a vga monitor cable thingo from apple.
     
  5. Genghis Khan thread starter macrumors 65816

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    ahh k....thanks...so mini dvi-VGA (or DVI) and it should hook straight in and all will be well?
     
  6. DoFoT9 macrumors P6

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    yup will be super sweet as, just have to configure it in system prefs>display (resolution, refresh rate etc)

    goodluck!
     
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  8. joeysteel macrumors newbie

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    would having a dual screen make my website design easier, cos sometimes i need to have my flash open as the same time as dreamweaver and it becomes a pain when i have to switch between apps......
     
  9. clyde2801 macrumors 601

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    I did this with a samsung 22" lcd to my 2.16 20" imac c2d.

    you'll need a mini dvi to dvi (preferably) or a mini dvi to vga adapater.

    my imac automatically set it up for spanning and maximum resolution as soon as i plugged it in. you may need to go into system preferences and tell it which side of the imac the screen is on, or reset the resolution.

    you'll love it. with lcd's so cheap, and it being so easy to plug an extra monitor into the imac, i wonder why so many people are buying the 24's?
     
  10. elfjuice macrumors newbie

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    clyde2801,

    I'm gonna do the same thing. I picked up a 22" Samsung Widescreen monitor just after Thanksgiving at Best Buy for $199. Should provide plenty of screen real estate for video editing, etc.

    From what it sounds like, it should be a breeze to set up.
     
  11. clyde2801 macrumors 601

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    elf juice

    While you're at BB, pick up a mini dvi to dvi adapter for 17 bucks.

    And yes, it was a breeze to set up.
     
  12. EB66 macrumors 6502

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    if you can get the extra monitor to sit at the same height as you iMac it actually looks pretty good too
     
  13. JayLenochiniMac macrumors G5

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    Maybe because of the cheap TN panel used in the current 20" iMac, but I've never liked the look of an external monitor (even ACD) next to an iMac. IMO, it just doesn't look right because of the chin and height differential, even if you get the external monitor to sit at the same height. Too bad another iMac can't be used as a 2nd monitor.
     
  14. Genghis Khan thread starter macrumors 65816

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    aren't the 20" ACD's the same height as the 20" iMacs?
     
  15. JayLenochiniMac macrumors G5

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    No, the 20" ACD sits 16.1" and the 20" iMac sits 18.5". And people putting the ACDs on stacks of books makes the setup look ridiculous.
     
  16. DoFoT9 macrumors P6

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    yep that is a bit outrageous, apple could have at least made all monitors the same height. my mbp/ext monitor dont match and that doesnt bother me, personal preference really.
     
  17. clyde2801 macrumors 601

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    The display made me glad I bought a new in box year old 2.16 20" instead of its shiny sister. The black samsung next to it does have a discordant ebony and ivory effect. And the samsung is only sitting on top of ONE phone book, thank you very much! :D

    And I'm sorry, but I'm really can't say I agree with the 'your external monitor next to your imac looks ridiculous' argument. They're both magnificent displays, and the two of them together are useful as all get out.
     
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    Are you using the old "Hockey Puck" mouse for your iMac?, nice.

    I'm considering purchasing a 22" widescreen Samsung to hook up to my PowerBook for the time being, but I'm also going to go with the 24" iMac after they get updated. My only concern is how the Samsung will look with the iMac since i'll be using dual displays when I get it, but i'm sure i'll get used to it.
     
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    Ditto. I had to do a double take. It's a bit out of place isn't it?
     
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    and a puck.

    I want a puck, liked the shape once I got used to it.

    Mr Jobs "Puck II--with a scroll wheel"
     
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