Penryn MBP + 2 external monitors help needed

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  1. skiffx macrumors 6502a

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    Hey, Im thinking about getting Matrox Digital Triplehead2go but the only thing thats stopping me right now is that Ive read on the forums that Matrox box will treat all monitors as one big one, and Id really want for the opposite for all displays to be treated separately (even something simple like being able to place different background on each one of them...) My current setup is 2.5 mbp 15" matte and I have 2 external lcds (24"& 19"). I might possibly add a 30" one within a year as well and if necessary will drop the 19". I do want to run all the displays at their max resolutions, as it comes to my understanding triplehead will allow right now. So I guess my question is whether or not there is any other products out there and is there a workaround for triplehead2go so all monitors are treated as separates.

    Thanks in advance.
     
  2. Eidorian macrumors Penryn

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    You're going to need a desktop (e.g. Mac Pro) for that many independent displays. The Matrox Graphics eXpansion Modules only do spanning.

    Not to mention they're single link DVI at best.
     
  3. skiffx thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    are there any USB/FW videocards that perhaps could?
     
  4. Eidorian macrumors Penryn

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    I believe that there are some ExpressCard based solutions that would be much faster.

    You should be able to pull it off with DisplayLink once the products are out for OS X.
     
  5. skiffx thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    any idea which expresscard based solutions are available that would work with mbp?
     
  6. benlangdon macrumors 65832

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    ya i would like to know also as to add it to my thread and when i add a 3rd monitor as either to replace or use all three
     
  7. skiffx thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Whats your current setup?
     
  8. benlangdon macrumors 65832

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    mbp and a 17in monitor
    i had purchased a 19 in a while ago but the screen was 1440 by 900 and it was clearly bigger than my 15in mbp screen but it made everything super big on the 19 so i returned it and kept my 17in crt monitor from 98 which works pretty well
     
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  10. skiffx thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    ok I emailed a couple of vendors and they are all coming out within a month with solutions for mbp's to have external monitors setup either via expresscard or usb

    first is ViDock Gfx http://www.villagetronic.com/vidock/techspecs.html (expresscard)
    second Sewell and Gefen will support macs as well within a 2 week period (both working on osx driver support right now and are in the beta stages) http://www.displaylink.com/shop.html (both of them are there, USB to DVI)

    personally I think ViDock GFX will be the best solution since it will allow you to use 2 monitors with their max resolutions so if within a year you decide to get that 30" it will drive it no problem as well as your existing ones.

    Matrox is not a viable solution due to the fact that it sees all connected monitors as one big screen.

    So I guess within 2-3 weeks we'll all be able to use 2+ external monitors w/o any problems. I know there were a lot of threads on the subject matter, hopefully this will be the final resolution. :D
     
  11. matperk macrumors 6502

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    Ah, OK sorry! Missed the different monitor sizes. Skimming = bad. :)
     
  12. benlangdon macrumors 65832

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    so your screens will and can be different sizes?
     
  13. skiffx thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    yeah I will run 24" Dell LCD and a 19" lcd for now
    hopefully within a year it will be 24" and 30"
     
  14. jayk806 macrumors newbie

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    Hi all, I've been looking for the same ability for some time.

    As I mention in my other post - I have a DisplayLink usb video adapter (the usb2dvi from gefen) attached to my MBP driving a 20" 1680x1050 display. It's still a beta driver, but it definitely works 'well enough' see my other post for more details.

    :D

    Jay
     
  15. skiffx thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Thanks, will check out, however right now my 19" lcd just went byebye on me, so Im going to end up getting a 30" LCD (in addition to 24" that I currently own) and the only thing to drive that is VTidock
     
  16. skiffx thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    UPDATE ON VIDOCK:

    ear Sir,

    Many thanks for your request.

    We are proud to inform you that ViDock Gfx will be ready for delivery from May 5th 2008 !!


    Due the huge amount of pre-orders, in case you still interested to get the product by next month a pre booking is strongly recommended.

    ViDock Business $ 299
    ViDock Pro $ 399
    ViDock Mac $ 499


    Waiting for your reply

    Vincenzo Coccoli
    Marketing Director


    Mac version costs $100 more, and has 256MB of VRAM compared to the top line Windows one with 512mb of VRAM that costs $100 less, wtf?! What a rip-off ...
     

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