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HDMI or Thunderbolt connection to my VGA Samsung monitor

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Bill Veeser Level 1 Level 1 (20 points)
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Nov 4, 2013 6:30 AM

I have a new PowerBook pro and want to connect a second monitor. I have a 21" Samsung monitor with both a HDMI and a VGA connection. I currently have an Apple mini port adapter that I used for connecting my previous MacBook pro to my monitor.  Can I use it to connect to my thunderbolt port or do I need a thunderbolt to VGA adapter.  Second is it better to use thunderbolt port or HDMI port to connect my monitor?

Thanks in advance for your replies.

MacBook Pro with Retina display, OS X Mavericks (10.9), Aperture 3.4.3
  • silvergc Level 3 Level 3 (750 points)

    First off, I assume you mean MacBook Pro, not "PowerBook pro".


    Might as well use the HDMI connection since all you need is the cable on this computer.  That's what I would do.


    If you want to use the Thunderbolt port (which includes all the DisplayPort connections), you will need an adapter.  Your old computer vintage will determine if the adapter is useable on your new computer.  The Thunderbolt port will accept a mini-DisplayPort plug.

  • nhterry Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Using HDMI by default from a MacBook Pro to external monitor actually displays the wrong color profile (In short your MacBook Pro thinks that the monitor is a TV)... It can be fixed and over written to look great though and just using an HDMI cable is smaller and more streamlined than a thunderboldt (or mini display port) to VGA or DVI adaptor. HDMI and DVI are always better quality than VGA.


    For anyone else who's out there searching google looking for answers thank Mathew Inkson and his write up: lity-of-an-external-monitor

  • nhterry Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Yeah... just make sure you don't over write the color profile file (if its the same name as the file you are copying over, make a duplicate of the original so you can copy it back if things aren't right). If it doesn't look right, just delete the color profile that you added to the folder.


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