PB 12 External Display...

Discussion in 'Mac Help/Tips' started by NatronB, Apr 17, 2003.

  1. NatronB macrumors regular

    Jul 2, 2002

    I'm thinking about buying an external LCD to go with my Powerbook G4 12". Now, I'm assuming I have to use the VGA port (is it mini-VGA?), does anyone have any input? Is the PBook's video card powerful enough to get reasonable graphics out of a 17" display? Should I even attempt to play games? Does anyone with a 12vy use an external display? What type?


  2. keithcobbett macrumors member

    Jan 6, 2002
    Hillsborough, NH
    Shouldn't be a problem...

    You should get just as good graphics out of a 17" LCD as you do your current 12". You can play games but keep in mind that you have a limited amount of video RAM. Don't expect it to be crystal clear either. LCD's are still catching up in the clarity game.

    I believe that your PB came with an adapter. This adapter may or may not be necessary depending on the 17" LCD you attach. A LCD from Viewsonic won't need it, but from Apple, it will. (Or vise-versa. Sorry, can't remember what it looks like off the top of my head. In either case, you should be fine with the adapter that came with the machine and with any monitor that you purchase/use.)
  3. ibookin' macrumors 65816


    Jul 7, 2002
    Los Angeles, CA
    Re: Shouldn't be a problem...

    Not quite. What the adapter does is convert the mini-vga port on the powerbook to a standard vga port. The Apple displays DO NOT plug into VGA, rather they use an ADC connection, which would require a $400 adapter to work with the PowerBook. If the ViewSonic has a VGA port, than it will plug into the adapter which will plug into the PowerBook.
  4. maradong macrumors 65816


    Mar 7, 2003
    i got an 17 inch display and only a vga cable. will i be able to just hang it on the pb 12 '' if i buy one, and is it supposed to work immediatly?
  5. MacBandit macrumors 604


    Aug 9, 2002
    Springfield, OR (Home of the Simpsons)

    The 12" comes with an adaptor to go from the mini-VGA -> VGA. So yes if you buy a 12" PowerBook you will be able to connect it to your 17" out of the box. Also yes the 12" should recognize your 17" right off the bat. Go to the monitors control pane to set up prefs on resolution and such.

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