11 Replies Latest reply: Nov 3, 2008 4:30 AM by benducklow
azure8 Level 1 (10 points)
I've tried everything. Downloaded the latest Intel Graphics driver. No dice. I'm using a mini DVI to DVI connection for an external 24" NEC.

Anyone get this working? I have the latest rev MacBook.

Macbook, Mac OS X (10.5.2)
  • azure8 Level 1 (10 points)
    I guess no one's tried to connect an external monitor to their Macbook?
  • azure8 Level 1 (10 points)
    Okay folks, I got this working. It seems like this forum is more of a sounding board, as I've almost always figured things out on my own.

    I have Vista SP1 and the latest bootcamp drivers. You may not need SP1 or the latest bootcamp drivers for this to work, but I left no stone unturned.

    You have to connect the external monitor via a VGA to VGA cable. You then hook up the VGA connector to your Macbook via a VGA to mini-DVI cable (available @ the Applestore). You may also have to play with the Intel Graphics Media control panel to get everything perfect. I had to adjust the aspect ratio to get full screen on my 24".

    When I tried to connect the external monitor via a DVI -> DVI -> mini-DVI, it didn't work. It also didn't work with DVI -> VGA -> mini-DVI.

    You have to use VGA -> VGA -> mini-DVI.
  • rundkub Level 1 (0 points)
    I have the same problem, strange solution, I will try it

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  • rundkub Level 1 (0 points)
    Now it works, with minidvi-dvi-screen cable. its the second time it works. I downloaded the latest drivers for windows, intel965, bootcamp, restarted 10 times in the process, I just started windows and the other screen came to life. its a strange problem, dont know if it will show up again.
  • rundkub Level 1 (0 points)
    I restarted the computer, now it doesnt work. ****! I have Apple, ******* ******** software. Come one guys and fix this!
  • rundkub Level 1 (0 points)
    I bought a minidvi to vga cable, connected it to my vga cable for the screen and it works now. Strange that the minidvi to dvi cable to my dvi-input didn't work. I have sent a email to Intel telling them of this bug.
  • azure8 Level 1 (10 points)
    Yes, it only worked for me via mini DVI to VGA. Vista also has a lot of quirks that you figure out as you go along.

    For example, sometimes when I have my 24" external connected to my Macbook, the resolution on the 24" does not look right. Only when I start up Vista with the external monitor connected does the external monitor display the correct resolution (and Vista turns off my Macbook display).
  • Firebird74 Level 1 (0 points)
    The mini-DVI to DVI(D) adpater issue is causing me some heartache and a fix does not look likely soon. It does work under MAC OS X however this not what I need for my work day to day. Also a VGA signal at 1680 x 1050 gets a bit noisy and forget it if you use an analogue KVM. I noticed that some DVI issues where on the 'issues resolved' list on the latest intel driver (6th August 2008) however it does not fix this. Those of you with a DVI-I or DVI-A external monitor maybe able to get this to work withe the mini-DVI to VGA adapter and an additional VGA>DVI adapter. Those of us who require DVI-D are just plain gubbed by the look of it. Does anyone have any feedback from the manufacturers on this?
  • Leonthewolf Level 1 (0 points)
    Strangely enough I was able to get an external monitor - a Sony Bravia Hidef TV - to work straight away using Vista on a Macbook. I just used the mini- Video cable supplied with the MacBook. For weeks and even months I had no trouble.

    Then I decided to install service pack 1.

    After that I could not get the external monitor to work reliably. Sometimes it would be there; sometimes not.

    I uninstalled SP1 and, after a few hiccoughs, I have got it working reliably again by using the Nvidia control panel.

    Has anyone else had these problems after installing SP1?
  • benducklow Level 1 (0 points)
    I am very glad I came across this post. I JUST installed Vista SP1 on my BC partition but ended up using a set of drivers found on this post in order to get Boot Camp tot load at all:

    http://www.iotashan.com/index.php/2008/07/06/install-vista-x64-sp1-under-bootcam p/

    Regardless, I am also trying to use an external monitor while booting into Vista and it seems I don't have a Nvidia Control Panel like most of you. I have since upgraded to the latest Boot Camp 2.1 tools but with not change. In Vista device manager, my graphics driver is listed as a "generic VGA" adapter, I am sure this is the cause but have been unable to point the device to use a correct driver.

    Any help on what I can do would help greatly. Thanks much!!
  • benducklow Level 1 (0 points)
    Found a solution for my issue. Simply download this set of nVidia drivers:


    Hope this helps someone else.