How do I add external monitors to my MacBook Pro?

What is the best way to use two external monitors with my MacBook Pro (17-inch, Mid 2010) with minimal latency?

The MacBookPro only has enough horsepower in the video card for one external monitor.
If you want two or more, you need a MacPro.
Or a MacBook Pro and a Remote Desktop controlled MacMini.

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    How do I connect two monitors to my macbook pro?  This question applies to both DVI and VGA, as I might have to work with multiple sets of monitors.

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    If you want two or more, you need a MacPro.
    Or a MacBook Pro and a Remote Desktop controlled MacMini.

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    I'm looking for suggestions for using dual external monitors with new MacBook Pro's.  The company I work for has started to puchase these for certain employees and we are looking for any good suggestions.
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    Just curious as to what my monitor options are as a external monitor for the Macbook Pro.  I'm pretty much set on 27'' thunderbolt display but its a hefty price to swallow...
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    I'd like to stay in the 27'' to 30'' size...

    Any other options like Samsung, LG etc... that offer the same specs as the thunderbolt display? 

  • External monitor for my Macbook pro retina.

    I want to connect a external monitor to my Macbook pro retina. I'm searching for other options than Apple Thunderbolt Display. But in most products the connection is not Thunderbolt. Can I connect my Macbookpro retina to a external monitor through HDMI?
    Woull that me ok for video editing?
    Thank you!

    I don't know that, I'm afraid. I've used an external monitor a few times on my 2011 MBP and it appeared to work perfectly whether in mirrored mode or not, but I'm not able to make time lapse measurements. Many people seem to use the arrangement so I would presume it's fine for video editing, but don't take my word for it.

  • IChat disconnects when external monitor connected to Macbook Pro.

    Downloaded latest OSX patch last week (Thunderbolt patch).  Now, when connecting my HP external monitor to my Macbook Pro (2011), iChat will only stay connected for 2 to 3 minutes.  If I disconnect my external monitor, iChat will stay connected all day long.  This just started last week after loading the latest SW upgrade.  Any ideas?

    I am not going to be much use here.
    I don't have a computer with Thunderbolt.
    The computer I do run a second screen on is a G4 running Leopard and in the Energy Saver there is no setting for the second screen to be set independently than the main screen.
    I think it may pay to ask again in the Lion Forum Community.
    8:03 PM      Friday; September 23, 2011
    Please, if posting Logs, do not post any Log info after the line "Binary Images for iChat"
     G4/1GhzDual MDD (Leopard 10.5.8)
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  • How do i connect three external monitors to a macbook pro?

    How do I connect three extrenal monitors to my Macbook Pro?

    I have a USB to DVI adapter from kensington. I use to use it to power at 14" display.Moving windows around had some tearing and lag. Typing lagged, but it was use-able. It was fine for displaying diffrent stats. The OS treated it as it would any additional display.
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  • Can we add external graphic card on macbook pro

    can we add graphic card to my macbook pro late 2011
    i7 processor

    Not yet, no. MSI is showing an early demonstration of a Thunderbolt peripheral that will host an external graphics card, so there may be a solution eventually though it currently is Windows-only. See:

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    Now that my external monitor is connected to my MacBook, what do I do now and what setting do I use?  How do I callibrate them for the best scree view without distortion?

    Most MacBook Pro models have a Mini DVI port, a Mini DisplayPort or a ThunderBolt port for connecting an external display. USB does not have enough bandwidth to support a responsive display connection.
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    I recently purchased a Macbook Pro online that has no lid (no screen, no top to fold down, the whole shebang). I've been shown pictures of the laptop working to an external by the seller so for now let's assume that the port does work.
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    -Start-up chime does sound

    Read here:

  • External Monitor blurry with MacBook Pro

    Good day, I have searched the forums but have not found a solution to my problem...
    I recently purchased a Dell 2005FWP External Monitor and plugged it in (DVI to VGA) to my MacBook Pro. It automatically adjusted to a 800x600 resolution which of course is not ideal. The menu gives a long list of display resolutions but most of them are "not available" when I click on them. I have tried switching the docks and the monitors to the opposite sides on "Arrangement" of displays but I still don't get a different menu. I can't seem to find the menu of resolutions for the MacBook Pro either.
    Please let me know what I am doing wrong...Sorry, I know I am clueless!!
    Thank you!

    I have a ViewSonic VX2035wm display connected to my MacBook Pro - the image on the external monitor shows ghosting and double images like we used to see on old tube TVs.
    Here is a post from that details my problem.
    Late-2008 MacBooks: Image problems on external displays with mini-DisplayPort converters
    The new MacBooks and MacBook Pros come with a Mini-DisplayPort adaptor for external video, and Apple supplies various adaptors (DP to DVI, and DP to VGA) to accommodate current monitors. Some users are having difficulties with their adaptors when connected to certain monitors.
    Apple Discussions poster Ocell writes:
    "I have the exact same problem with my Viewsonic VG2030wm 20" LCD. I've ruled out bad DVI cables. The Macbook Pro works with my 12" Cintiq's display, and the Viewsonic works with my Intel iMac, so the video out/mini displayport adaptor/dvi cable/viewsonic display are all operational. It's just the specific combination of the Macbook Pro and Viewsonic that doesn't work."
    This problem has been found to frequently occur with DVI adaptors attached to their computers, however it has also happened with users connecting to the VGA adaptors. In these cases, unlike the DVI situation where no signal gets through, users have noticed the screen blinking or shutting off at random times. While drivers may definitely be suspect, the problem appears to be hardware-related since users have experienced the issue both in Mac OS X as well as in Windows via Boot Camp.
    The DisplayPort connections used on the new MacBooks have slight differences in their protocols than other connection types, which allows for expanded functions in smaller connectors, but also can run users into difficulties, especially when older connetion types are used. While there could be software involvement in this problem, it sounds like there's most likely a firmware-related problem that hopefully can be patched by Apple, or at least be accommodated for in a driver update.
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    Reset the monitor to defaults If there is a method for fully resetting the monitor, try doing that first. Most have a menu option to reset to factory defaults, but in addition there may be a way to fully reset the device such as unplugging it for an extended period of time. This information may be available on the manufacturer's website, or users can just try unplugging the device for an extended period such as 20-30 minutes.
    Toggle various monitor setups In the "Displays" system preferences, toggle desktop mirroring on and off to see if the monitor is not just extending the desktop to the second monitor. Especially if users have black wallpaper on their desktops, secondary monitors that are just serving as extended desktops may appear to be off when connected. Alternatively users can try dragging documents off the sides of their main monitor to see if they go over to the second monitor.
    Reset the computer Users might try resetting the computer's PRAM (which does contain some graphics parameters) by holding the options, command, P, and R keys down at bootup until the computer resets and makes the boot chimes again. Release the keys and allow the computer to boot normally. Additionally, users might try resetting the computer's system management controller. Here is an Apple Support article on how to do that.
    Use a different monitor Unfortunately, with hardware problems such as this users will not be able to do much, so if another monitor is available that works then users should switch to that.
    Try another adaptor Many monitors support both VGA and DVI inputs, and there is potential for users to get things working by using another connection type. Additionally, while it may be a long shot, users might also try chaining together various adaptors. For instance, users might try going from displayport to DVI, and then using a DVI to VGA adaptor as the next connection, to see if that somehow sends a proper signal to the monitor.

  • How do I add a book on my MacBook Pro to my iPad 3

    I have an iPad 3 on iOS 8
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