external monitor with mb

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  1. trigo

    trigo Well-Known Member

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    i would like to use an external monitor with the macbook alum but to use the external monitor as the primary monitor and not just an extended monitor. also the monitor can handle not just 900 width but 1050, how do we do this?
     
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    @trigo,

    Follow these steps:

    - Attach/Connect your external monitor to your MB.
    - Go to Systems Preferences > Display. There will be a Display Preferences window on each monitor.
    - Select desired Resolution on your external monitor. You MB should be able to to use 1680 x 1050 on the external display.
    - Click on Arrangement button on the Display Preferences window on your MB LCD.
    - Make sure that you don't select "Mirror Displays"
    - There is an instruction to relocate the menu bar to a different display. Relocating the menu bar will also relocate the dock.
     
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    trigo Well-Known Member

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    thanks red, will try this one...
     
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    too bad... the MB aluminum cant candle full HD res. :(
     
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    On an external monitor it can. Max resolution that the unibody Macbook can handle is 2560 by 1600, which is better than full HD (i.e., 1080p, or 1920 x 1080). Details at http://www.apple.com/macbook/specs.html
     
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    how come i did connect to my sony lcd native res 1920x1080, on the pref -- there are no 1920x1080 on the choices

    or did i miss something....

    btw im using mini display port to vga adapter only..
     
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    Try using DVI to connect to your LCD. I've had friends having problems with higher resolutions (either resolution won't show up or flickering display) using VGA connection. But once they used DVI to connect, no more problems.
     
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    That makes sense. VGA is an analog connection - you will get much better results using a purely digital connection to the monitor - DVI
     
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    is there a dvi to vga connector? coz my 19inch sammy has vga. TIA
     
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    Yes, but you won't get the best resolution. You're sure that your monitor doesn't have DVI-in?
     
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    my sony full hd have HDMI and VGA

    my sammy lcd have VGA only... :(

    i need to play higher res on my sony and also use my sammy

    what do u suggest ? TIA
     
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    Are you sure that the Samsung is capable of 1080p resolution, even if it only has a VGA port?
     
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    sammy native res is only 1300+x768-- not full hd (vga only input)

    while the sony lcd tv 1920x1080 -full hd(hdmi, vga, component , s-video)

    im using kc both monitors.
     
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    Then you will need to get a separate adapter for each monitor to get the best quality out of each.
     
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    Try getting a DVI to HDMI adapter for your Sony. It may be expensive though. As for the Samsung, you have no choice but to use VGA. But at 1300 x 768 VGA should have no problems.
     
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    hehhehe... means more expense,

    how about using

    MiniDisplay to DVI --> Dvi-HDMI adapter --> Sony HDTV

    MiniDispaly to DVI --> DVI-VGA adater --> Sammy LCD MOnitor


    is this possible?
     
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    For the Sony HDTV it's possible. For the Samsung I think MiniDisplay to VGA will do.
     
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    Thanks...for the info.
     

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