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Connecting Two Displays to MacBook Pro

1586 Views 1 Reply Latest reply: Dec 6, 2009 6:06 AM by eww RSS
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Hi all,

I was wondering if anybody out there knew how to connect two displays to the MacBook Pro. The problem I have at the moment is that I generally use a Wacom Cintiq 12wx for work (I'm an illustrator), and recently i have had a school ask me to do a demonstration of how I draw and paint in Photoshop some time in the new year that could ideally be displayed on the classroom's overhead projector (which,I have been told, has a VGA connection).

Does anybody out there have a possible solution?

Thanks in advance.
MacBook Pro, Mac OS X (10.5.8)
  • eww Level 9 Level 9 (52,975 points)
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    Dec 6, 2009 6:06 AM (in response to Kmadden2004)
    Connecting two monitors to a MBP isn't hard; what will be difficult about the demonstration you contemplate is giving the students any idea what you're doing on the Cintiq to cause what they'll see projected. If the demonstration is to be more about using Photoshop itself than about using the Cintiq with it, it will be much more effective.

    The Cintiq needs a DVI port (or a mini-displayport-to-DVI adapter) and a USB port for its own use. The simplest way to connect the projector, if it has a DVI-in port on it, would be to use a USB video adapter such as the Villagetronic ViBook (there are also other, similar devices on the market). If the projector has only a VGA-in port, check with Villagetronic or the manufacturer of any other USB adapter you're considering to make sure you can use a DVI-to-VGA adapter with it, or look for a USB video adapter that outputs VGA directly instead of going through DVI. Such an adapter may be limited to lower resolutions than one that outputs DVI, but that shouldn't be an issue if the output is to a projector, because projectors generally have lower resolutions than monitors.
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