MacBook (Black, 2006) external monitor setup question

Discussion in 'MacBook' started by paymonGT, Oct 7, 2012.

  1. paymonGT macrumors member

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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
     
  2. simsaladimbamba

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

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  3. paymonGT thread starter macrumors member

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    Am I limited as to the size of external display or will anything do?
     
  4. mrsir2009 macrumors 604

    mrsir2009

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    No, you wouldn't be limited in size (I assume you mean the physical size of the screen, yeah?)
     
  5. paymonGT thread starter macrumors member

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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)?
     
  6. mrsir2009 macrumors 604

    mrsir2009

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    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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