Macbook desktop mode question

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by dlewis23, Nov 14, 2008.

  1. dlewis23 macrumors 6502a

    Oct 23, 2007
    I am thinking of getting a new macbook and when I am at home I want to use it as a desktop on a 24in monitor that I have. I know I can put it in desktop mode and have the external monitor as the primary, but someone was telling me that I can not take the external monitor to a higher resolution then the macbook's display when using the external as the primary monitor in desktop mode.

    I kind of find this hard to believe, but I wanted to make sure before I spend the money on the notebook.

    So does anyone know if I can use a macbook in desktop mode and have the external monitor on at 1920x1200 with the notebook's display off?

  2. Rapmastac1 macrumors 65816


    Aug 5, 2006
    In the Depths of the SLC!
    I used my MacBook as a "desktop" computer for two years. During that time I had it closed pretty much the whole time and it doesn't hurt it. When I had it open, it would be on it's own native resolution and my monitor (19") would be on it's own higher native resolution.

    So yes, they can have separate resolutions.
  3. soberbrain macrumors 65816


    May 9, 2008

    Even more than the 1920x1200 you need.

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