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

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by stefk, Oct 17, 2008.

  1. stefk macrumors newbie

    Jan 21, 2008

    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


    Sep 14, 2006
    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

    Scarlet Fever

    Jul 22, 2005
    Yes, because the resolution would be 1920x1080 or less. The previous generation of macbooks could push that as well.
  4. bigandy macrumors G3


    Apr 30, 2004
    Actually the MacBook (yeah, not the Pro) will support a 30" ACD:

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

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

    Jun 30, 2006
    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

    Jan 21, 2008
    cheers for the advice guys,

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

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