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    How Do I connect my 13" Macbook to a larger monitor?
    Hi, I work a lot in Ableton Live and the whole program feels kind of cramped on a 13" screen. So I was thinking about hooking it up to a 17" Dell monitor I have.

    I've googled it but it seems like there are many different types of connections depending on what model your monitor is. I wanted to make sure I was buying the correct wires, hopefully you guys can help me.

    The Dell monitor uses a 15 Pin VGA connection.

    So would this be the right wire to buy?

    Amazon.com: Apple - Video adapter - mini-DVI (M) - HD-15: Electronics

    Thanks.

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    Yes. Is this the old 13" MacBook?

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    as the above poster mentioned, yes, if you have the non-unibody MB. If you have Unibody, you need mini-displayport to HD15.

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    Thanks for the quick response. It's the White plastic, non unibody Macbook. I purchased it in July/August 2008 right before school started.

    Edit: And I wouldn't be buying it from the Apple store (too expensive). So just to be extra sure, this is correct wire right?

    http://www.meritline.com/mini-dvi-to...?source=fghdac

    My dell monitor is 15-Pin VGA Male.

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    Yep, that would be the one.

    June 2007
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    Awesome. Thank you.

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    I feel ripped off, I paid $17.99 for mine. But of course I did buy it from an authorized apple store because I was in need asap and couldn't wait for the shipping time.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RD423 View Post
    I feel ripped off, I paid $17.99 for mine. But of course I did buy it from an authorized apple store because I was in need asap and couldn't wait for the shipping time.
    Just think of it that you paid more for the added value of walking out of a store with it and having it right that day

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    True it does suck ordering something and having 2 wait for it sometimes because u r so excited it seems as if 5 days can be 2 weeks. lol

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    extra monitor another question
    okay so we got the "external" monitor to run off the new mac book, but how do keep everything "on" and shut my mac book? I know this is stupid, but I cannot figure this out.

    Thanks

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    Do you mean by being able to use the external monitor but keep the MacBook closed? Close the MacBook, then move the mouse or press a key on the keyboard.

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    laptop must be running off ac power when lid closed, not battery.

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