Two external displays on Macbook?

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  1. Nicksmith.212 macrumors newbie

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    Thanks for viewing my post. :]

    I'm trying to get my macbook hooked up to two external displays.
    I remember seeing a post about it previously, with a solution, however, I stupidly did not bookmark it. :p

    Does anyone have a solution? As you know, the Macbook only has 1 mini-dvi port.

    Thanks in advance,

    Nick
     
  2. Gleadr macrumors member

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    that one mini DVI port can only support up to a 23" screen i dont think it can run 2 monitors then again there is a humongous possibility that im wrong
     
  3. phairphan macrumors 6502a

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    To add to Tallest's post, if you go this route please be aware that I believe you'll be limited to a rather anemic 1024x768 resolution on each of the monitors.
     
  4. Nicksmith.212 thread starter macrumors newbie

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  5. NewMacbookPlz macrumors 68040

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    1024x768 will "fill" the monitor, but the image will be stretched from a 4:3 to 16:10 ratio (read: It'll look like crap)

    Edit: Is your model the x3100 or the NEW 9400m whitebook? If the latter, running the compatibility tool (in Bootcamp) claims the 9400m is capable of running (1900x1200)x2, no idea if the MDP Dual link would support that though, it may?
     
  6. Nicksmith.212 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    I'm running the Black Macbook- not the new models (unfortunately) :]

    So, it may be smarter to stick to one external display?
     
  7. NewMacbookPlz macrumors 68040

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    Def. The max the mini-DVI can drive is what, 1920x1200. I'd grad a monitor at that resolution if you really need the real estate. Both the Dell 24 and 27" models run that resolution.
     
  8. Nicksmith.212 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Cool- so, I should be able to just hook up the one 19" display and be good for now. What resolution do you suggest for that size of display?

    Eventually, I'll upgrade to a new MBP, but until that day, I'll have to run my MacBook. :]

    Thanks again for your help.
     
  9. NewMacbookPlz macrumors 68040

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    I'd suggest the native resolution that it runs at, 1440x900, which the Macbook should support without issue.
     

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