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If I want to add an external monitor to my Apple MacBook, must I buy an Apple monitor, or do all monitors work with Apples?

Asked by mikey7183 (338points) October 10th, 2008

it looks like there is a special port on the side for a display cord, i’m guessing only certain screens can be added, but I feel that these monitors will be really expensive, any advice is appreciated

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tf666's avatar

most monitors should work with macbooks. check the manufacturer of the monitor first to see if they support macs.

PupnTaco's avatar

You can buy adapters for the Mini DVI connection.

skord's avatar

The adapter from Mini DVI to DVI/VGA is $20. I usually keep a 24” Sun monitor plugged into mine. About any monitor newer than 1998 will work with your macbook.

wilhel1812's avatar

If it’s DVI or VGA or S-Video, it will work :)

StellarAirman's avatar

Yeah all you need is a DVI to Mini-DVI adapter and a DVI monitor and you should be good to go. I have a 24” Dell plugged up to mine.

wilhel1812's avatar

@StellarAirman: That would be a Mini-DVI to DVI adapter, not the opposite ;)

derekpaperscissors's avatar

It’s all about the cables and connectors on both machines. Other than that, it’s almost always a simple plug-n-play.

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