The best option to run 2 seperate external monitors on a Macbook Pro???

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by nigelivy, Apr 22, 2009.

  1. nigelivy macrumors member

    Apr 21, 2009
    Newbury, Berkshire, UK

    I have a 17" Core 2 Duo Macbook Pro with 2gb RAM, 120gb HD, 256mg graphics. I currently work on this machine as a desktop. I have connected an external monitor to the native DVI port that I use as well as the native screen.
    I want to run a DVI/VGA cable to my HDTV so as to use my computer as a media center when I'm not working on it. I have tried a Gefen USB to DVI Adapter - this works, but is not fast enough to play video, so is not the otion to connect to the TV and it is too slow to use on my external monitor. I have looked into getting a DVI-I Male to DVI-I Female & VGA Female adapter, but the downside of this is that it sends the same signal to both outputs, which would require both monitors connecting to this device to have the same resolution - which won't work for me.
    So here's my question, how can I run 2 external, independent monitors effectively on my Macbook Pro? What is the best solution out there me? If you use 2 external screens, how have you done it?
    Thanks for any advice!

  2. CaptainChunk macrumors 68020


    Apr 16, 2008
    Phoenix, AZ
    There's this guy, which basically plugs into the ExpressCard slot and gives you a second GPU for connecting two more monitors. According to the manufacturer, they work with versions 2,1 and 4,1 of the MBP. Check your hardware version in System Profiler first.

    They're pricey though at $499.

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