Using PC monitor and macbook simultaneously

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by danman458, Mar 31, 2009.

  1. danman458 macrumors newbie

    Mar 31, 2009
    Hi all -

    Hoping for some help with this I would like to use my macbook and a Dell monitor simultaneously controlled through an external keyboard/mouse. What do I need to set this up?

    I want to double the amount of "screen space" and use a keyboard and mouse for both.

  2. macgrl macrumors 65816

    Jul 17, 2008
    Do you have the cables to connect from the macbook to the monitor? :)

    If so connect them up. Go to system preferences and displays. Your second monitor should be shown there. Make sure that the settings are not for mirrored and away you go.
  3. danman458 thread starter macrumors newbie

    Mar 31, 2009
    I have the blue monitor cable for the pc but I think I need a converter to hook it up to the mac right?

    Thanks for your help!!!
  4. macgrl macrumors 65816

    Jul 17, 2008
    What is the input on the monitor? That will determine what adapter / cable you need. Glad to help :)
  5. Flynnstone macrumors 65816


    Feb 25, 2003
    Cold beer land
    I do this all the time, except it's not a Dell. :D

    You need either the miniDVI to VGA or miniDVI to DVI adapter.
    Last time I bought, they were about $17 US.

    (If you have a DVI to HDMI adapter, you can connect the MacBook to a HD TV):D

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