Maximum Number of Displays with Mid-2012 MacBook Pro

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  1. jamescharley22 macrumors member

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    I recently set my room up and I have extra space I'd like to fill with external displays. I have a non-retina, Mid-2012, 15-inch MacBook Pro with NVIDIA GeForce GT 650M discrete graphics. Would I be able to use two Thunderbolt Displays and a third 1080p HD TV (Mini DisplayPort to HDMI at the end of the daisy-chain) if my MacBook lid is closed or am I limited to only two external displays?

    I apologize if this was answered somewhere else, I could not find it anywhere.
     
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  3. jamescharley22 thread starter macrumors member

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    Darn! I'll check with Chat Specialists once the Independence Weekend is over just as confirmation and update the thread.
     
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    Just a warning I have seen on several occasions it posted on Mac Rumors where the Apple Chat Specialists give incorrect information. I am not saying that they are not to be trusted, only that they are human and you do not know their level of technical expertise.
     
  5. jamescharley22 thread starter macrumors member

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    Okay, sorry for almost forgetting about my thread, guys and girls (remember: don't discriminate). Here's what I've found: I asked twice on Chat and I've been told no, I recently visited my local Apple Store five hours away and was told no again, all three times without explanation.

    After thinking about it for some time, I remembered I'm using Thunderbolt not Thunderbolt 2. Thunderbolt 2 might not be able to, but I'm almost certain one Thunderbolt port is not able to carry video to three displays.
     
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    you could use a usb external video adapter for the 1080p. It would drive that np. they run about 60 bucks. then daisy chain the 2 thunderbolt.
     
  7. jamescharley22 thread starter macrumors member

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    Sorry for such a late post, but I had put some thought into this.

    After having similar issues with my replacement Belkin Thunderbolt Express Dock as I did with the first, I began looking online at other docks and came across Elgato's Thunderbolt Dock. It doesn't look bad and even has a dedicated HDMI port.

    This has reignited the thought of using two theoretical Thunderbolt Displays and my HDTV with my Mid-2012 MacBook Pro Unibody (with NVIDIA GeForce GT 650M discrete graphics). Would that work? .-.
     

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