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Can I run 2 monitors on my MacPro

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Daleslad Level 2 Level 2 (425 points)
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Jan 19, 2013 10:56 PM

I have a  Mac Pro (4-core Xeon 3500 Series) 3rd Gen. Early 2009 Desktop/PC MacPro4,1


NVIDIA GeForce GTX 285 for Mac Video Card - 1GB GDDR3, PCI Express 2.0, (Dual Link) Dual DVI, HDTV

 

I'm running a Dell 24 inch flat panel  monitor right now and I just obtained another Dell 24 inch flat panel  monitor so I'm hoping I can put it to good use and broaden my viewing real estate.

 

The card has a spare DVI output and both monitors have DVI - VGA - S-Video connectors available.

 

I've never done this before so I'm a bit leary about trial and error approach,   I'm thinking (hoping) that I can just plug the other monitor into the 2nd DVI connector on my video card and use a DVI cable to connect them.

 

Would really appreciate any suggestions.

 

Thank you.


  • Matt Clifton Level 7 Level 7 (26,915 points)
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    Jan 20, 2013 4:40 AM (in response to Daleslad)

    Yup, that's really all you need to do - it's that simple. Once the monitor is connected and showing your extended desktop, go to System Preferences - Dsplays - Arrangement, and you'll see two blue rectangles representing the monitors. Drag them into the configuration you'd like (eg, aligned left/right) and you can drag the white menu bar across into the other rectangle to make the new monitor your primary (where you see dock and menus) if you'd prefer.

     

    Matt

  • JmDo Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Jan 20, 2013 9:54 AM (in response to Matt Clifton)

    Thanks Matt, just what I wanted to hear can't wait to try it out.

    Sorry for the username change just changed my email address and Apple ID doesn't like it and made me change everything around.

  • JmDo Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Jan 20, 2013 9:57 AM (in response to JmDo)

    I can't seem to give you the points for solving my question, sorry Matt about that maybe it has something to do with the username change.

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