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Do you ever use your macbook when you are at home or do you just use a desktop computer or an iMac?

If you do, Do you use your macbook as it is or do you connect it to a monitor and/or keyboard or mouse?



I have a monitor with a KVM switch but i find it a bit of a hassle to connect it, close the lid and awake the macbook form sleep then have to change the resolution. I find if i leave the macbook's lid open all my resolutions go all wrong.
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I have a MacBook Pro and it's my MAIN computer. I don't travel really, but when I go to my Dad for the weekend I take it with me. I sorta miss a big chunky tower next to me though. lol

But I am planning on upgrading an old Mac soon so that'd be pretty nice =]
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My Macbook is my main computer and I do not hook it up to anything.
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I can imagin a macbook pro wouldent be to bad to use as the screen on them is bigger than the macbook. I find that using the macbook's screen when im out and about is fine but i would rather something bigger when im at home. its just a shame that its such a fuss and i cant just simply connect it to my monitor setup and shut the macbook lid.

I also find it much easier to actualy attatch an external keyboard and mouse to use a laptop at home, but again the trackpad and keyboard is fine when im out and about.
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I use my macbook all day. When i am at the office i use it with out an external monitor. While i am at home it is hooked up to a 22" monitor, external keyboard, mouse, ipod docks, external hard drive, printer, and a memory card reader. With the exception of the monitor i use a usb hub to connect all the other equipment.

Although i am thinking about getting a desktop (imac or mac pro) next summer

I do use both the macbook screen and the external monitor at the same time. I was having to do the same process as you with the monitor being in the wrong resolution unless i plugged it in then woke my macbook from sleep. When i switched from using the VGA to the DVI connection i no longer had that problem. I plug the monitor in and it, as well as my macbook, go to the correct resolution. No need to sleep and wake my computer or adjust the resolution
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If you switched FROM the VGA to DVI adapter, what did you switch TWO? How do you connect your macbook to your monitor with out it?
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If you switched FROM the VGA to DVI adapter, what did you switch TWO? How do you connect your macbook to your monitor with out it?
By using a non-VGA monitor?
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1) I use my MBP as is when I'm using it. Don't use a Desktop at home.

2) I'm not too much of an expert on connecting your MB to your monitor, but I know that here at work, many of the people using their notebooks with a monitor set it so that both screens are up and on using the display preferences.

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My monitor has both a VGA connection and a DVI connection. When i started i only had a mini DVI to VGA adapter for my macbook so I used the VGA connection on my monitor. I had problems with the connection working correctly (the screen in the wrong resolution) and read some where that people who had a similar problem were able to correct it by using the DVI connection on the monitor. The next day i went to the apple store and picked up the mini DVI to DVI connector and tried that. I have not had a problem since then.
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I only have a Macbook so yes I use it at home also.
I hook it up to an external monitor (old 17" vga LOL) to have more screen space and also an external keyboard and a mouse.

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Just plug it in?
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Mad_Vtak, is that a 15 or a 17inch macbook pro?
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Do you ever use your macbook when you are at home or do you just use a desktop computer or an iMac?

If you do, Do you use your macbook as it is or do you connect it to a monitor and/or keyboard or mouse?
My MacBook is my primary computer, and I make it work hard for me. I use it connected to nothing but an external hard drive for backups and a wireless network for connecting to the world. For pleasure, I use my MB for connecting to the net, using and manipulating multimedia, and recreational programming. When needed for work, I connect to my employer through a VPN, attach to our Linux compute servers via VNC, and connect to Windows machines (servers, desktops) via RDC.

In moving to the Mac in January, I decided to forego external devices - trackball, monitor, KVM switch, et al - at least initially. I like that I can either do everything with the machine just as it is, or "bring" other machines and services to me wherever I am. The MB screen is adequate in size, and Spaces in Leopard makes my little machine *very* flexible.

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I have both an iMac and a macbook but I use the macbook more often because it is nice to watch espn and surf the internet while laying on the couch. My wife mostly uses the iMac and I use it for music and movie organization
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