New Macbook Mini Display Port - Can power 32" LCD?

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  1. stefk macrumors newbie

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    Greetings....

    Need some tech advice with the new macBook.

    I currently have a 1.5Ghz 15" Powerbook that I hook up to my Samsung 32" LCD HDTV via a DVI to VGA adapter

    Whilst I am sure it is not as good as an ACD the set up serves v nicely as a pseudo media centre arrangement.

    What I want to know is, if I upgrade to the new MacBook then will I still be able to have the same set up? I know the old Macbooks couldn't power the 30" ACD (for some reason) however I don't know if this is still the case now that the Nvidia GPUs are included.

    Any help would be much appreciated!
     
  2. Umbongo macrumors 601

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    You can get a mini DisplayPort to VGA for $29 from Apple.

    The old macbooks couldn't drive a 30" ACD as they did not support dual-link DVI which is required to get the 2560x1600 resolution 30" monitors use. It would have been able to work with your TV though.
     
  3. Scarlet Fever macrumors 68040

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    Yes, because the resolution would be 1920x1080 or less. The previous generation of macbooks could push that as well.
     
  4. bigandy macrumors G3

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    Actually the MacBook (yeah, not the Pro) will support a 30" ACD:

    http://www.apple.com/macbook/specs.html

    And it says that on more than one page. ;)


    Previous MacBooks could all push up to 1900x1200.
     
  5. strikeinsilence macrumors 6502

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    Even though your TV is relatively the same size as the 30" ACD, the resolution is much lower (as others have said). You mentioned using it as a media centre, will you be using it across the room or up close like a regular computer?
     
  6. stefk thread starter macrumors newbie

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    cheers for the advice guys,

    I was viewing it from across the room for watching movies, itunes coverflow etc.
     

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