monitor help!

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in Current Mac Hardware edited January 2014
Hey everyone, I have a 12" power book, great for portable use, but annoying when i try to design. So I'm planning on setting up dual 17" flat screen monitors at home. My question is, what cables and or software do I need so that I can use both simotaniously (mouse ends at one screen and starts on the other). And are there monitors that arn't compatible with macs at all? Anyway any and all info you guys have would be helpful. Also any suggestions you have what kind of monitors to get would be good too. Thank you all for your valuble time.



~here are some monitors I was considering~



http://www.legendmicro.com/store/mo...;Category_ID=63



http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produ...MP=OTC-mys1mo17



http://www.techforless.com/cgi-bin/...S?mv_pc=mysimon



-Thanks again! : )

Comments

  • Reply 1 of 11
    I don't believe there's any way to run two external monitors from a powerbook. The only option you have is to use one external monitor and the built-in screen. Do you know if you have a DVI powerbook? If so, any monitor with either VGA or DVI input will work (use the adapters that came with your computer). If you have the older one, I think you can only use VGA.
  • Reply 2 of 11
    how sure are you of that? I have a G5 tower computer in my lab and it has dual monitors set up. I assumed the same could be done with a powerbook but maybe not. The monitors I now want are being sold by an aquaintence and I need to know soon so the offer dosn't pass me up.
  • Reply 3 of 11
    I have seen PCI cards that add an extra DVI port, but the 12 inch powerbook doesn't have a card slot. You really need two ports to drive two non-mirrored monitors.
  • Reply 4 of 11
    ebbyebby Posts: 3,110member
    DAAAAAAEEEEMMMMM!



    I didn't think these existed!
  • Reply 5 of 11
    jeffdmjeffdm Posts: 12,946member
    Quote:

    Originally posted by Rdubwilkins

    how sure are you of that? I have a G5 tower computer in my lab and it has dual monitors set up.



    On the G5 tower, I am pretty sure that each monitor is using its own separate video connector rather than sharing a single connector.



    Powerbooks only have one external connector, the other display is the built-in one.
  • Reply 6 of 11
    t-bonet-bone Posts: 20member
    The 12" PowerBook only supports one external. What EBBY is referring to is a PC card expansion option. Since the 12" PB doesn't have the slot, you're stuck with one external.

    I'm happy with my 2+ year old 12" PB
  • Reply 7 of 11
    ebbyebby Posts: 3,110member
    Ahh, you're right. The 12" doesn't have PCMCIA. Then I guess it won't work.



    Still, I have a Pismo and that looked appealing.
  • Reply 8 of 11
    http://www.sonystyle.com/is-bin/INTE...s&DCMP=CNET_DF will this monitor hook up to my 12" powerbook? Thank you very much, an anwser asap would be totally awesome thanks!
  • Reply 9 of 11
    also what about this one? thanks i don't really know what i need to connect monitors and im afraid ill buy either one of these and not be able to use it. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...P=OTC-mys1mo17
  • Reply 10 of 11
    ebbyebby Posts: 3,110member
    It'll work. The screen uses both DVI and VGA connections. (I don't THINK the 12" uses ADC. )



    EDIT: Fixed sarcastic smiley.
  • Reply 11 of 11
    pyr3pyr3 Posts: 946member
    Quote:

    Originally posted by Ebby

    It'll work. The screen uses both DVI and VGA connections. (I don't THINK the 12" uses ADC. ); )



    The 15" PowerBooks had DVI before the 12" was even released.
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