MacBook External Monitor Compatibility?

Discussion in 'MacBook' started by leog, Mar 10, 2008.

  1. leog macrumors newbie

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    I plan on getting a MacBook later this year and would want to hook it up through DVI to a 22" ViewSonic LCD monitor that I have. Would the MacBook's onboard graphics card be able to run my monitor at its native resolution of 1680x1050 (now a very common res for big LCDs)? Would it work immediately or would I need special drivers?

    I went through He$$ trying to get it working over VGA on my Compaq laptop and was hoping it would be more of a plug&play type situation with DVI on a new MacBook.

    Thanks for any input.
     
  2. krye macrumors 68000

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    It should work, but the resolution is maxed at 1280 x 800 on the Macbook. I have mine on a 30" and 1280 x 800 is the max I get.
     
  3. Eidorian macrumors Penryn

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    Apple.com has a surprisingly detailed Tech Spec page for the MacBook.

    Not to mention that forum search and Google are useful as well.

    What's half the resolution of the 30" monitor? 1280 x 800

    You're only getting a single link.

    In before it's a fourth.
     
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  5. kinesin macrumors regular

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    Well I can confirm my Macbook (GMA950) model is running my 22" Samsung at 1680x1050 which is the native screen res.
    It's a little slow in exposé but maybe the 3100 in the later models in faster.
     
  6. leog thread starter macrumors newbie

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    kinesin, did you just plug it into DVI and your MacBook auto-detected the native res an output just that? Or did you have to configure things for a while to get it to run right?

    I'm really hoping that it's seamless...

    As for Apple's published specs for the current macbook, what I read sounded like possible resolutions for the macbook's OWN screen, not a list of supported resolutions for external monitors. Anyone with info on what the 3100 graphics setup is capable of externally please do share.
     
  7. Eidorian macrumors Penryn

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    English isn't my first language but this made sense to me on Apple's US site. Are you viewing it in another language? I can understand the problem if their wording is different.

    I have a 22" external monitor at 1680 x 1050 over DVI. I just plug it in and Leopard switches my primary display over automatically.
     
  8. leog thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Thanks, I had been reading the above:
    "Supported resolutions: 1280 by 800 (native), 1152 by 720, 1024 by 768, 1024 by 640, 800 by 600, 800 by 500, 720 by 480, and 640 by 480 pixels at 16:10 aspect ratio; 1024 by 768, 800 by 600, and 640 by 480 pixels at 4:3 aspect ratio; 720 by 480 pixels at 3:2 aspect ratio"

    Even though my Compaq Laptop now runs my display correctly, it was a nightmare to get it working so I wanted some personal experiences from users who had done it with a MacBook.

    Thanks everybody; I'll probably make my purchase after June, when the new models are likely released.
     

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