Possible? External monitor Q.

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by fitto13, Jun 11, 2010.

  1. fitto13 macrumors member

    Feb 5, 2010

    I have the 2010 MBP 13" and I understand it can utilise two monitors.

    Could this situation be possible, for using it as a HTPC;

    1) Have my 'TV' screen hooked up via DVI for movies off the external HD
    2) Have my 'External Monitor' hooked up via DVI/HDMI for everyday computer use?

    My TV isn't that close to my MBP, so I can get an extended DVI cable for it.

    Cheers for any help and sorry if this is the wrong sub-forum.
  2. Hellhammer Moderator


    Staff Member

    Dec 10, 2008
    Yes, but you need USB video adapter for the second one as MBP only has one output. How far away is the TV? DVI's max length is only 10-12 meters but HDMI can carry more with active cables.
  3. fitto13 thread starter macrumors member

    Feb 5, 2010
    Thanks a lot!

    My tv is mounted on the wall on the other side of my door in my room. Thus, I only need a 5m DVI cable.

    I'll most likely get the usb adapter and hook my 'computer screen' to it via
    usb to DVI -> DVI to HMDI

    then use my current mini display port to have my DVI extension cord run to my TV.

    Now, is there a way, that when I open front row and want to watch a movie - somehow only my 'TV' screen will come on and not both...?

    ^Without unplugging the usb adapter to the 'computer screen'?

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