MBP + External Monitor = confused apple store

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by Mo Tiggas, Mar 30, 2008.

  1. Mo Tiggas macrumors member

    May 5, 2005
    Oregon, USA
    Apple store was really no help on this one. I know it can be done, I've just never hooked up a notebook to an external monitor and was wondering what the process is. Apple store said they know it can be done, but that she didn't think they carried the part. Really? Huh? Then she asked another who didn't have a clue...
  2. 119576 Guest


    Aug 6, 2007
    You need a DVI -> whatever your monitor uses (VGA or DVI) adapter.

    Apple sells them.
  3. EMAGDNIM macrumors member


    Oct 6, 2006
    Toronto, Canada
    I don't know why your local Apple store would be confused about this question...
  4. mikelong622 macrumors 6502

    Sep 29, 2006
    St. Paul, Minnesota
    When dealing with the Apple Store, there is another equation that you should keep in mind as well. Apple Store + Employees = Less knowledge than a 2 year old.
  5. bcaslis macrumors 68020

    Mar 11, 2008
    Are you in Oregon? Was this the Washington Square store? They used to be good when they first opened years ago, but the employees there seem to be getting dimmer and dimmer each day.

    As others have said, the MBP has a DVI port, if the monitor has DVI input than you can directly connect. Otherwise you likely need a DVI to VGA adaptor. The MBP used to include this in the box, I haven't checked in the latest models to see if they still include this.
  6. chrisbeebops macrumors regular

    Jun 8, 2007
    You can connect the monitor to the DVI port on the right side of the MBP. OS X will automatically detect the monitor and get it running.

    DVI: http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/f/fb/DVI_Connector_Types.svg
    VGA: http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/c/cc/VGA_port.jpg

    If your monitor has a DVI connection, just connect the DVI cable to your computer. If your monitor only has a VGA connection, you will need a DVI to VGA adapter. One came with your laptop (http://store.apple.com/1-800-MY-APP.../wo/StoreReentry.wo?productLearnMore=M8754G/A), or you can buy one from a computer store for under $20.
  7. Mo Tiggas thread starter macrumors member

    May 5, 2005
    Oregon, USA
    Oh yeah, you got that one right... I've never been too impressed with that apple store. They always seem a little bothered, when normally an apple store employee is so happy and helpful (even if they don't have the slightest clue what they're talking about, they always find out).
  8. Freyqq macrumors 601

    Dec 13, 2004
    you can find it 3rd party for far far cheaper

  9. chrono1081 macrumors 604


    Jan 26, 2008
    Isla Nublar
    Do yourself a favor and get a monitor with DVI its worth it :D

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