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Attaching a seperate monitor to an iMac


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I'm a refugee from the 'ol MacAddict/MacLife forums. I have an Intel iMac that now has a 1 inch white bar from top to bottom on the screen; seems my LCD is probably going. Now I want to attach a monitor; seems cheaper than buying a whole new computer. This IS dumb question, but I have to ask it. If I do this, will the white bar show up on the monitor too? This would defeat the logic of using one. Thanks for your advice
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If the problem is the monitor and not the video card then there shouldn't be a problem.
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How can you tell without hooking up the new monitor?
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Take a screen shot: command + shift + F3

Typically, if it's a graphics card issue, the screen shot will look the same as your screen - if it's a screen problem, the screen shot will be fine.

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Took a screen shot. White bar is not there. Seems that this is a problem with the LCD exclusively (crosses fingers) This is the lesser of two evils... Then I can use an external monitor without a problem; a video card fix wouldn't be worth it on this older model Intel iMac and I don't want a new computer (Windows would be all I could afford)... Thanks for all your help friends.

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P.S. If the video card is going too, then I guess I already have monitor and could... gulp... buy the Windows tower only... shutters...
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UPDATE: Got the adapter, got a 22 inch monitor, spent under $130.00 (w/tax) and my Mac is back up. I'm soooo happy!
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Take a screen shot: command + shift + F3

Typically, if it's a graphics card issue, the screen shot will look the same as your screen - if it's a screen problem, the screen shot will be fine.
That is brilliant. How come I never think of simple stuff like that?

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