Macbook 15" Noob Questions

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  1. rendevouspoo macrumors regular

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    Hey guys, I'm finally making the jump from PC to Mac. I'm anxious to see how I handle the transition. It has been ordered through work and will be here tomorrow. My question is about dual monitor displays as I'm not finding any helpful information online about it.

    I've ordered the 2.5 gHz MB. I've also ordered the Belkin Thunderbolt 2 Express dock. I'm wondering if my two existing monitors can run dual as I've read there have been problems with non Thunderbolt displays.

    Here is the link to the dock. http://www.belkin.com/us/p/P-F4U085/

    One of my monitors has an HDMI port. The other just has DVI and VGA. I've ordered a thunderbolt to HDMI and a USB to DVI. Will I run into problems with this or should I start looking into alternatives. If so, any suggestions?

    Thanks, and I'm looking forward to some Mac!
     
  2. robvas macrumors 68020

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    You have two Thunderbolt ports.

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    You don't even need a dock - get a Thunderbolt to DVI converter and use the HDMI port on the laptop.
     
  3. JTToft macrumors 68040

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    - Do this. Except it's Mini DisplayPort to DVI. Thunderbolt to DVI is nonsense.

    No need to make use of convoluted USB solutions. You have no less than three highly capable proper display connections available. Use them.
    The current 15" can run multiple monitors at once without issue. I think I've seen 4 run off it.
     
  4. rendevouspoo thread starter macrumors regular

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    Thanks guys. I've been researching it and for some reason there are a lot of info saying that non-thunderbolt displays don't work.
     
  5. JTToft macrumors 68040

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    - I don't know where you've found that, but it's certainly nonsense. Otherwise, only about 5 monitors in the world would work with MacBook Pros (there really aren't a lot of monitors with Thunderbolt).
     
  6. rendevouspoo thread starter macrumors regular

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    That kind of what I was thinking! Now, it's time to try to transition.
     
  7. robvas macrumors 68020

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    You only need a Thunderbolt monitor if you are going to daisy-chain them. If you are only using one monitor per port you can use regular old adapters with any monitor.
     

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