stupid question

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  1. A.Jai macrumors member

    A.Jai

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    So I am considering buying a new 15.4 MPB to replace my current 17" MBP. I am a graphic designer so I don't want to loose resolution so I am thinking I might buy a good external monitor that has a high resolution for work. I read somewhere that you can't output a resolution higher then what your laptop has, but that doesn't make sense. If that was the case why would people buy bigger better external monitors? Is there some sort of adapter you need to buy to make this work?

    THANKS!
     
  2. Warranty Voider macrumors 6502

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    You can display higher resolutions than what your laptop is natively. It would be stupid if you couldn't.
     
  3. Digital Skunk macrumors 604

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    Yes, even the PowerBook G4 of yore could drive the 30" ACD which has a 2560 x 1900 resolution (or something like that).
     
  4. creator2456 macrumors 68000

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    You have 2 options when it comes to an external display. You can mirror the internal. This is where the resolution has to be the same on both and will default to the smaller of the two. You can also extend the desktop. This allows both screens to use their max resolution.
     
  5. A.Jai thread starter macrumors member

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    Thank you!:p

     
  6. OrangeSVTguy macrumors 601

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    The newer late-08 MBPs uses Min-DisplayPort so be ready to fork over some bucks for the required adapters. You're MBP you got now can drive a 30" display as it has the dual dvi support right out of the box. Too bad the same can't be said for the newer MBPs and requires a $100 clunky dual link dvi adapter and plus it uses up a USB port for power.
     
  7. Hawkeye411 macrumors 68000

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    When I see a thread title like this .. I just have to look to see how stupid the question actually is. This seems like a reasonable question to me. I hope to buy a 24' monitor for my MBP (late 08) near the beginning of the summer.

    Cheers.
     

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