MacBook external LCD display problem

Discussion in 'Mac Accessories' started by dreamly, Feb 13, 2007.

  1. dreamly macrumors newbie

    Feb 13, 2007
    I'm trying to connect my MacBook to an external 19" Samsung LCD monitor. I connect using a standard Apple mini-DVI to male DVI adaptor, which in turn is connected to a third party female DVI to female VGA adaptor, which in turn is connected to a VGA cord which connects to the monitor (male on both sides).

    My monitor shows up in the System Preferences display settings, where I can control everything properly, but the screen is black. I can move my cursor over to the other screen, so it seems the MacBook can recognize the monitor. The monitor connects fine using the VGA cord to a Thinkpad.

    Is there any inherent with this connection configuration?
  2. bearbo macrumors 68000


    Jul 20, 2006
    how many input does the external take, make sure you are using the right one
  3. dummerwa macrumors newbie

    Dec 27, 2008
    have you selected the 'mirror image' function?

    Its a late reply which you haveno doubt since solved. Have you been able to get a full screen display when connected to your tv/external monitor.

    I seem to get just a letterbox display when I really want full screen. My 17" macbook pro is attached to a toshiba lcd and I want ful screen. any ideas?:apple:

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