MacBook (Black, 2006) external monitor setup question

paymonGT

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Hello,

I recently purchased a 2012 MBA 8/256 to replace my 2006 MacBook as my everyday machine.

The BlackBook has been sitting on my desk collecting dust over the last 2 months but is in PERFECT working order. It has 4GB RAM (maxed out) and a 750GB HDD (420GB free). I loaned it out to my brother whose laptop broke down, but it is coming back to me shortly.

My thoughts are to turn it into a pseudo-desktop. I was thinking I could connect an external display with a wireless keyboard and mouse and have a sweet little set up. How difficult/possible is this? What components do I need to make this happen beyond the monitor/mouse/keyboard?

Thanks
 
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You need a Mini DVI to VGA or DVI adapter, depending on the inputs of the monitor.

Mini DVI
Mini DVI is a digital common interface on the later G4 12" PowerBook, on Intel iMacs till 2009 and on the white and black pre-Unibody MacBooks and on Intel Mac minis before they changed the design to Unibody.
Mini DVI adapters can be bought online from:

Also of interest: "Mini DVI, what it is and how to capture it"
from
 

paymonGT

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Am I limited as to the size of external display or will anything do?
 

paymonGT

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No, you wouldn't be limited in size (I assume you mean the physical size of the screen, yeah?)
Correct.

So this sounds super straightforward.

Final question -- does the laptop have to be open for this whole set up to work (I assume yes), or would I be able to some how be able to run the external display with my laptop closed (and out of the way)?
 

mrsir2009

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Correct.

So this sounds super straightforward.

Final question -- does the laptop have to be open for this whole set up to work (I assume yes), or would I be able to some how be able to run the external display with my laptop closed (and out of the way)?
Once the laptop is connected up to the external display I believe you can put it in "Clamshell Mode" - A mode that allows you to close your MacBook while using it with an external display :)
 

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