Which external display to use with Powerbook 12" ?

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  1. CmdrLaForge macrumors 601


    Feb 26, 2003
    around the world

    does anyone use an external display with a 12" Powerbook ? Which one ?

    The Spec of the 12" Powerbook says:

    up to 1024 by 768 pixels on the built-in display and up to 1600 by 1200 pixels on an external display, both at millions of colors

    BUT you cannot use an Apple Display, only the 15" and 17" Powerbooks as of Apple homepage:

    Put your work on display
    Apple Display Want to present your ideas on a bigger screen? The DVI port on the 17-inch and 15-inch PowerBooks and the VGA port on the 12-inch PowerBook can detect when they are connected to an external display or projector. The system automatically displays to the external monitor when you connect it to the PowerBook. Alternatively, you can toggle between dual display and video mirroring modes through one touch of the F7 key. And here’s the best part: The hardware mirroring included in the PowerBook G4 let’s you display video content such as QuickTime movies on an external monitor with performance equal to that of the built-in display.

    So does anyone know which (LCD) Display can be used with the Powerbook 12" and a resolution of 1600 by 1200 pixels and millions of colors ?

    Any experience ?

    Thanks in advance

  2. ftaok macrumors 603


    Jan 23, 2002
    East Coast
    Re: Which external display to use with Powerbook 12" ?

    I don't know of any 1600x1200 LCD screens that have a VGA port. The formac 17.4" LCD does have a VGA port, but it's max resolution is 1280x1024.

    If you really need 1600x1200 with the 12"PB, your best bet (and cheaper too) would be to get a 21" CRT monitor.
  3. fukuhela macrumors member

    Dec 20, 2001
    Maybe this will help you.

    This is taken from a review of the 12" PowerBook at MacWorld.com:

    "Like the other PowerBooks, the 12-inch model supports a dual-display mode, allowing you to attach a monitor with a resolution as high as 1600 by 1200 pixel, in addition to the PowerBook's built-in display. It also supports video mirroring, albeit at lower resolutions. The PowerBook can even drive an external monitor while the lid of the PowerBook is closed, although we experienced occasional performance slowdowns when we tried this out.

    Unfortunately, Apple's choice of a mini-VGA connector means that this is the only PowerBook that can't be connected to Apple's ADC flat-panel displays (or any digital display, for that matter) -- at least, not without a pricey add-on such as the $299 Gefen ex-tend-it VGA-to-ADC conversion box. This doesn't make sense, given that a laptop with such a small screen cries out for an external monitor."

    Currenly this is what holdin' me (+ I like a bigger graphic card) from buyin the 12" PB. :(
  4. wolfywolfbits macrumors member

    Jan 31, 2003
    NZ Auckland
    I'm going to go with a 21" CRT running at 1600x1200 for mine.

    I'd prefer an apple LCD, but I'm not going to fork out $300 for an adapter (that will give me a low qualilty image anyhow).

    Anyone have experience running dual head at 1600x1200? What's the performance like? Do both displays run in Quartz Extreme?
  5. iJon macrumors 604


    Feb 7, 2002
    you can put a apple display on the 12 inch powerbook, not out of the box though. you need to buy a adc to vga converer box. i think they are about 300 dollars. i dont think it would be worth it though, depends how much money you have. i just got my 20 inch lcd from apple and i love it. it looks great on my powermac and on my pc. i am also getting myself a nice flat crt from samsung for games on my pc. but just to let you know it can be dont, just be prepared to pay.

  6. Moxiemike macrumors 68020


    Jan 1, 2002
    Pittsburgh, PA
    hey. does the Apple DVI to ADC thing work?

    If so, you could do it for $119 bucks

    Apple's ADC to DVI thing is 99 and the DVI to VGA is 19... right?
  7. iJon macrumors 604


    Feb 7, 2002
    i dont know if that would work. from remember in my brain, the dvi is male and the vga is female. the dvi would have to be female for this to work, because its not meant to turn dvi into vga, but turn vga into dvi.

  8. iJon macrumors 604


    Feb 7, 2002
    i ran my old studio display crt (last one apple made) and a 20 inch apple vision monitor both at 1600x1200. it ran perfect and i had two backgrounds pics circulating on both monitors. so yes quartz extreme is supportive on both.

  9. skymaXimus macrumors regular

    Mar 3, 2003
    I'm running a 19" Sony off the vga port @ 1600x1200, 75hz (I think the nVidia card will support higher refreshes up to 120hz but my monitor can't handle that)

    I just ran a quartz extreme checking utility and both are running quartz extreme. The performace is good. I haven't noticed any problems.

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