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im not entirely familiar with computers and was wondering if were possible for my macbook to be hooked up to my 19'' monitor. somehow

i cant seem to find the socket for where my screen can plug into my macbook.
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Yes, I do this, you need either Mini-DVI to VGA Adapter or Mini-DVI to DVI Adapter depending on what kind of inputs your monitor has. If it has both, you want DVI. The adapter plugs into the small port to the right of the ethernet port, then you can hook the normal monitor connectors into both. Hope this helps.
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how do i find out if mine is a DVI or a VGA?

does using the additional display screen cause the macbook to slow down??
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VGA is a smaller connector whereas a DVI connector is wider, and has more pins and some strange cross thing in it
If I were you, I'd just go for the VGA, it shouldn't make such a huge difference.

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If your monitor supports DVI, definitely go with that - it will look a lot better than VGA on some monitors.

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does it slow down the macbook when using two monitors (notebook monitor and 19'' monitor)??

because i have 2gb of ram but if im opening enough to fit both screens, id imagine it will be very slow.
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Well if you're opening a lot of programs it will slow it down a fair amount.. but really that depends on the program.
If it's just lots of windows from one program that will also slow it down but probably not as much as multiple programs
If it's just four or five programs it shouldn't slow it down too much.
I usually have 6 programs on my iBook (When it wants to work) and it only has 1GB of ram so I imagine you should be fine... and you also have a dual core cpu so even better!

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does it slow down the macbook when using two monitors (notebook monitor and 19'' monitor)??

because i have 2gb of ram but if im opening enough to fit both screens, id imagine it will be very slow.
The graphics card will have to do a bit more work, but it'll be fine and you shouldn't notice a difference.

Obviously if you're opening Final Cut Pro on one screen and photoshop cs3 on the other then you're going to notice slowdown...
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Uh, no it doesn't slow down a Macbook at all to be hooked up to an external monitor. I routinely hook up a 22" widescreen LCD to mine. I have it set up to put the menu, all open windows, and leave the Dock on the built-in LCD and there is no slow-down of any kind. The graphics card handles it fine, UT2004 plays fine, and DVDs look spectacular.

I switch between this set-up and going mobile every day. No difference in speed.
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