Macbook to Dell 1905FP [Exterior] Monitor Dual Screen Problem? (Edited)

Discussion in 'Mac Accessories' started by juicysharpie, Sep 4, 2009.

  1. juicysharpie macrumors newbie

    Sep 4, 2009
    Hi, this is my first time on this forum. I'm not too great with computers. Saw some great help here, so I thought you guys would be well knowledgeable in giving me a hand too.

    I've been trying to connect my MacBook to my Dell monitor. So, first I bought a mini DVI-VGA cord, but realized that I had a DVI not an AVI connection. In order to save time and money, I bought a DVI (female)-VGA (male) adapter. Everything fits in and connects perfectly. The problem is: when I turn on my Dell monitor nothing shows up. It says it's on safe mode and all I have to do is press a key on the keyboard or move my mouse. I do that, but it doesn't detect anything. I know my laptop detects the monitor because when I go to display --> arrangement, I see there are 2 screens and display --> Gather Windows, a window for the Dell does pop up. From my understanding that once you plug in all the cords from your Mac to your monitor, it should work right away. So whats wrong with my dual screen? And how can I get it working?
  2. foodle macrumors 6502

    May 14, 2008
    Pennsylvania, USA
    Can you link to the two specific adapters you are using?

    My guess would be that you are losing part of the signal as you go through the multiple adapters. Why not just get the mini-DVI to DVI adapter?
  3. juicysharpie thread starter macrumors newbie

    Sep 4, 2009
    hmm...I suppose you're right. It does make sense. And since no one else seems to have an opinion about it, I'll just assume you're right. Thanks for the help!!! :)

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