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I have a MacBook Pro 13" running Snow Leopard and I trying to connect it to an external Samsung 713N monitor (LCD 17"), but it seems the Mac does not recognize it!

I have been trying to find a suitable driver (I suspect I need it) but have not been successful.

Any help from anyone out there?
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What is it showing when you go into System Preferences > Displays? Did you try clicking Detect Displays? You don't need a driver.
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There are no drivers required for monitors.

What adapter and cable are you using?

If you don't have it, you're going to need the Apple mini-display port to VGA adapter and a VGA cable or the monoprice.com mini-display port to VGA cable. If you're using something else, not going to work.

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System Preferences->Displays shows just the notebook display. Pressing Detect Displays resulted in nothing new.

I'm using a converter (VGA-Apple mini Display). This is the same converter I use to connect other monitors and video projectors and works fine. It looks like there is some incompatibility...
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Dumb question I know, but you are selecting the correct input on the monitor right?
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Probably is not sending proper info to the Mac. Samsung has been known to have this issue with several monitors. Most likely this is the case with a monitor first released during Win ME days.

One thing to try, open up Software Update while you have the adapter connected to that TV. Apple has released a firmware update related to one of these later adapters, not sure off hand if it was this one or not.

(just FYI: this monitor only has a single VGA connection)

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I had a similar issue.

I upgraded to 10.6 at the weekend and suddenly my Samsung remained black (but would flicker on for a second every 20 secs). I mirrored the displays and it started working and then I was able to turn the mirror off without a problem.
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