macbook pro to monitor

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  1. idealcanadian macrumors newbie

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    Hi, I just bought a used macbook pro 15". It is not a new one. It is the old non-unibody from 2008. I think the last one before they switched to the unibody. I would like to hook it up to a monitor. However, I do not know how to do this as this is my first mac. Can someone please explain what cords I need and how to hook it up. Please be very basic in your explanation...

    Especially as I am already confused as some websites say I need a mini dvi - dvi other websites say i need a mini display port to dvi and others say that because my computer is older I just need a 29pin dvi male/female extension cable ????????

    Please help I am so confused
     
  2. miles01110 macrumors Core

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    Well it depends on what your monitor requires, of course, but the connector on the older MBPs is DVI.
     
  3. Tomorrow macrumors 604

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    We need to know two things:

    1. What type of external monitor port does your MBP actually have?

    2. What type of cable does your monitor actually have?

    Mini-DVI
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    Mini DisplayPort
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    Standard DVI
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  4. idealcanadian thread starter macrumors newbie

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    macbook connection for monitor

    My macbook pro has the connection that you labeled as - standard dvi (your bottom picture).


    The monitor is vga
     
  5. snaky69 macrumors 603

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    You therefore need a DVI to VGA adapter, and a VGA cable that is long enough for your needs.

    If you don't mind not having the instant gratification of going to a brick and mortar store, I recommend monoprice.com

    This would do nicely:
    http://www.monoprice.com/products/p...=10419&cs_id=1041903&p_id=2396&seq=1&format=2

    with the length of cable you need from this page:

    http://www.monoprice.com/products/s...rd=Video+Cables+-+<b>VGA/SVGA</b>&keyword=vga
     
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    +1 for monoprice.com. Best prices I've seen on just about any kind of adapter, cable, or connector.
     

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