Mac Mini / Macbook Pro and Dual Displays

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by JasonR, Apr 17, 2009.

  1. JasonR macrumors 6502a


    Nov 11, 2008
    #1 I love Macs but they're frustrating the hell out of me. I wanted to run dual 20" displays (portrait) and one 30" displays using a Mac Mini and a Macbook Pro. I know the new Mini should do it, but I've heard bad things about Apple's Dual Link DVI adapter. Also, I don't think there's a way for a Macbook Pro to drive a 30" Display and a 20." Am I missing something? What should I do?

    I'd much rather buy a Mac Mini than the Mac Pro which is way too powerful.
  2. spinnerlys Guest


    Sep 7, 2008
    forlod bygningen
    Maybe you should look into the Matrox Dual Head 2 go, or the Tripple Head 2 Go, as the MBP only supports one external display, due to one display output.

    The Mac Mini supports two displays.

    Possibilities, port by port.
    Mac mini includes five USB 2.0 ports and one FireWire 800 port, so you can connect your keyboard, mouse, iPod, iPhone, digital camera, DV camcorder, external hard drive, printer, and any other peripherals you use. Mac mini even lets you connect up to two displays, including your TV, with the mini-DVI port and Mini DisplayPort.

  3. kornyboy macrumors 68000

    Sep 27, 2004
    Knoxville, TN (USA)
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    The MacBook pro will not run not a 20" and a 30" atthe same time. I also, don't think that the mini will run three displays at once. For that cofiguration I believe that you will need something a little more expandable (ie a Mac Pro).
  4. 11800506 macrumors 65816


    Oct 31, 2007
    Washington D.C. Area
    Nope, you aren't missing anything. I don't have any personal experience with using the Dual Link DVI adapter, but you will never know if you'll have problems unless you try it. There are some devices that allow you to run 2 displays from one connection, but IIRC they run the monitors as if they were one. But I don't think you should have too many issues running dual displays from the Mac Mini.
  5. JasonR thread starter macrumors 6502a


    Nov 11, 2008
    What about buying a used Mac Pro? They seem to be reasonably priced. How new of one should I look for? I definitely need two dual link DVI outs and a decent amount of power (equivalent to a 2008 Macbook Pro or so).

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