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    iBook G4 and Apple Cinema display?
    Hey people,

    anyone know if I can use my iBook G4 with an external display....

    I was interested in the apple cinema 20"..... just wanted to check compatibility....

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    iBook video output is analog, the input required for an Apple 20in is digital. You can buy a converter but its like $200+. I would just get a 20in Dell 2005FPW, since it has analog(VGA) input and its a lot cheaper.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mynameis
    iBook video output is analog, the input required for an Apple 20in is digital. You can buy a converter but its like $200+. I would just get a 20in Dell 2005FPW, since it has analog(VGA) input and its a lot cheaper.
    Uh, doesn't the iBook ship with a Mini-VGA to VGA converter? Then all you'd need was a DVI to VGA adapter, which cost like, what, $20 if you buy the Monster version with gold plating?
    I'd use Windows... but I like the Mac OS more.

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    Quote Originally Posted by to_tough_to_die
    Uh, doesn't the iBook ship with a Mini-VGA to VGA converter? Then all you'd need was a DVI to VGA adapter, which cost like, what, $20 if you buy the Monster version with gold plating?

    DVI-I to VGA is a lot different than VGA to DVI. VGA is an analog signal, in order to convert it to a digital signal you would need a conversion box like this http://www.gefen.com/kvm/product.jsp?prod_id=1310 .

    Those cheap little DVI to VGA adapters are completely different, they work on DVI-I ports which actually output both a digital and analog signal. The little adapter just lets you tap into the analog signal that is already coming out.

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    what would be the max resolution with the ibook??

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    well it will display 1024x768 mirror unless you hack it. then you will get 1600x1200, but that is all I have tried.

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    How can you hack it? I have been holding out on purchasing a big flat screen since the highest resolution is only 1024x768. If there is a way to get a better resolution i would probably get a big screen.

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    Ibook G4 12in 1gig RAM + 24in Imac 2.16 2.5 gig RAM Leopard
    Thank you

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