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How do I hook up a Mac Book to a external monitor.
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Mar 29, 2007, 10:56 AM
 
What do I need to do to hook up my macbook to a external display?
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Mar 29, 2007, 11:01 AM
 
You macbook has a Mini-DVI out plug on it. So depending on your monitor you would need either a Mini-DVI to DVI or a Mini-DVI to VGA adapter. You can buy the Apply brand adapters from an Apple store, and I would assume that other shops (future shop, radio shack, etc.) would also carry these adapters, just not in the Apple brand, not that it should matter.
     
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Mar 29, 2007, 11:49 AM
 
I got the Apple mini-DVI to VGA adapter from Best Buy for about $20.
     
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Mar 29, 2007, 12:46 PM
 
There's a nifty little book that came with your computer that tells you how to do this as well as the actually helpful "Help" menu at the top of the screen.

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P.S. As far as I know, only Apple makes mini-DVI adapters.
     
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Mar 30, 2007, 12:12 AM
 
make sure you check to see what kind of input your monitor has before you buy anything though.
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Jan 10, 2008, 01:12 PM
 
I have a follow up question to this. For most LCD monitors sold today, would you need the VGA adapter or the DVI adapter?

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Jan 10, 2008, 02:24 PM
 
Most LCD monitors today have DVI, many have both DVI and VGA, but a few (el cheapo) models have VGA only. Just check the inputs to determine what cable you'll need.
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Jan 10, 2008, 10:01 PM
 
I just recently bought an 37" HDTV from Dell that has a VGA port. I found the adapter needed from mac for $19.99. There isn't any screen sharing software needed to display everything to the proper resolution is there?
     
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Jan 10, 2008, 10:22 PM
 
The best course is to see what kind of connector the external monitor has before you start looking for an adapter. A VGA connector is a "high-density" D-15 connector-it's the same shell as a D-9, but with 15 pins. Want pictures? Hit Wiki. DVI is different-it's a big rectangle with forty-leven pins in a grid arrangement and at one end a blade-type of pin/pins. More Wiki help. Reading the manual or the online help for the monitor in question is the easiest way to figure this out-just see what kind of interface it has. Read this to see what I mean about an old Dell monitor I have hooked up right now. Note that it describes the connector but does not name it...you may have to ask here to get a name, but the connectors are visible through Apple packaging.

Which leads me to the adapter. Apple's adapters are guaranteed to work (on the Mac side anyway) with your Mac. They are inexpensive (the $20 noted above is correct), and you can get them not only through Apple but at places like Best Buy (also as noted above). It's easy, and there's no reason to look for some third-party adapter.

Your Mac will automatically handle multiple monitors. Plug the adapter in, plug the external display in, and as soon as the Mac detects the external monitor, you're there. The term "screen sharing" refers to a means of seeing another computer's screen and manipulating that computer (or vice versa) remotely. That's built into OS X (at least Leopard) too.

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