What all do i need to use my macbook to a VGA monitor?

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  1. Ozzhead macrumors member

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    I cant aford another mac but i want to hook it up to my monitor and use my external keyboard and such. all i should need is just my dvi to vega adapter right?

    also is there anyway of keeping the mac off sleep even with the lid close?

    thanks Ozzhead
     
  2. acfusion29 macrumors 68040

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    Which Mac do you have? First you'll need the necessary adapter for your model.
     
  3. r.j.s Moderator emeritus

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    Yes, a miniDVI to VGA adapter will work. (If that's the type of Monitor you have)

    Once the Mac is hooked up to an external keyboard and monitor, it will not sleep after closing.
     
  4. Ozzhead thread starter macrumors member

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    its not the brand new gen ones. But is the one right before it. Or how would i find out exactly? im still new to mac's. And yes my monitor is both vga/dvi but i think i'll use the dvi for the mac.
     
  5. r.j.s Moderator emeritus

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    You have a miniDVI port then. And if you want to use DVI, you'll just need the MiniDVI-DVI adapter and a DVI cable to the monitor.
     
  6. finnschi macrumors 6502

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    Connect the mac to external screen---->close the lid...--> wait---> press buttons on external keyboard, to wake it from sleep! then only the extrnal monitor gets powerd, until you unplugg it again :apple::apple::apple:
     
  7. qacjared macrumors regular

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    Ok so you have a port like this:
    [​IMG]

    If your Monitor has a plug like this:
    [​IMG]
    You will need this:
    Mini-DVI to VGA M9320G/A
    [​IMG]
    And be careful to not buy the one for the iBook I did that by mistake.


    However if your Monitor plug looks like this:
    [​IMG]
    You'll need this:
    Mini-DVI to VGA M9321G/B
    [​IMG]
     
  8. Rizvi1 macrumors 6502a

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    Thanks for this thread. My brother got the new Aluminum Macbook recently (the 2.4ghz) and is coming from a PC where he was addicted to Counter Strike. He plays some older version and needs the higher refresh rate so he wants to keep using our old Dell Trinitron CRT monitor. I think it's a Dell P780. So from this thread, seems all we need to order is this:

    http://store.apple.com/us/product/M9320G/A

    (as qacjared posted).

    Other than that, I should be good to go, right?
     
  9. acfusion29 macrumors 68040

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    No, not that one.

    You need the Mini-Display Port one.
     
  10. snessiram macrumors member

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    If I understand you correctly you have either a white or black macbook. All plastic macbooks have a mini-dvi port, thus the link Rizvi1 gave earlier is correct:
    I think acfusion29 probably thought you had an aluminium one.
     
  11. Rizvi1 macrumors 6502a

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    Which one is that? Looking at the picture above in this thread, I thought the one I picked was the right one to go with, the http://store.apple.com/us/product/M9320G/A

    The VGA connection looks like that one (I'm pretty sure)
     
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  13. Rizvi1 macrumors 6502a

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    Thank you, I'm glad I confirmed before buying. Is Apple the only place to get this? anywhere else cheaper? $29.99 is a bit pricey.
     
  14. acfusion29 macrumors 68040

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    eBay if you wanna wait, and since it's fairly new it won't be that much of a deal.
     
  15. Rizvi1 macrumors 6502a

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    guess I'll just suck it up and pay the $29 to get it from Apple. :(

    But at least my brother can play his game with his full refresh rate or whatever he needs the CRT for :eek:. Maybe this will help me go to heaven.
     
  16. Rizvi1 macrumors 6502a

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    No, my brother does have an aluminum one - from the receipt e-mailed to me, MB 13.3/2.4/2X1GB/250/SD/BL-KB-USA / MB467LL/A for $1,499.00. bought 10/21/2008
     
  17. Rizvi1 macrumors 6502a

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    Thanks for all the help acfusion29. Just placed my order:

     

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