It's important to note, some Mac's are limited to powering only one external monitor the MacBook Air, for example , while others can support two or more. The easiest way to find out how many monitors your can connect to your Mac is to visit the Apple Specifications page for your respective Mac. Visit this page , find and select your Mac, then look under Graphics and Video support for number of external monitors supported.
When you shop for a monitor, pay attention to the type of connector that comes bundled with the monitor. As Geoffrey Morrison explained here , if it's at all possible, avoid VGA as it doesn't offer pixel-perfect image quality. Since Apple abandoned both connection types long ago, you'll need to purchase the corresponding Mini DisplayPort adapter i.
The adapter converts the signal coming from the monitor, making it compatible with your Mac. Don't sweat if you own a newer Mac with a Thunderbolt port -- it doubles as a Mini DisplayPort as well. The adapter isn't terribly expensive if you get it from online stores like Amazon or Monoprice.
What could possibly go wrong?
For those who prefer to get accessories direct from the source, you can also find them in the Apple Store. Some users report that the official adapters are more reliable, but I've had success with the third-party variety. Once you've acquired all the necessary parts, set up your monitor, power it on and plug it into your Mac's Thunderbolt or Mini DisplayPort. At this point, make sure you're logged into your computer and have both screens powered up.
After connecting everything, your Mac will begin mirroring its display to the new monitor automatically.
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In the configuration window, you'll see both displays stacked to indicate mirroring mode. To disable mirroring, uncheck the box just below the display preview window located next to the "Mirror Displays" text. Both screens will go black for a brief moment. October 6, at pm. October 7, at am. Willi says:. October 3, at am. Partha says:. August 24, at pm.
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