Possible? External monitor Q.

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

  1. fitto13 macrumors member

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    Hi,

    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
    AND
    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

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    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

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    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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