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    Sep 30, 2008
    Connecting external monitor, mouse, keyboard to MBP
    I bought a MBP and now want to create a office setup where I could use larger monitor, an external keyboard, and mouse for using the same MBP.

    1. How to do this setup ? Is hooking an external monitor to DVI port to MBP good enough ? Can I use usb keyboard and mouse to connect to MBP ? Anything else ?

    Can you please share your setup and anything that I should take care of.

    What's a good place to buy these accessories ?


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    RustProofCorn's Avatar
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    Feb 21, 2010
    WhataCable! - HDMI cables, CAT5E, DVI, CAT6 cable, cat 5e, usb, category 6 you can get mini display port cables from here.
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    Collin Bl's Avatar
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    Apr 07, 2009
    Napier NZ
    Here is one idea;

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    Philips 20" plugs straight in to DVI port.

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    TattooedMac's Avatar
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    May 19, 2009
    Waiting for a mate . . .
    bobtomay has set up a sticky to hook Mac to a TV well worth a read.

    Connecting your Mac to your TV

    And yes you can do the USB keyboard and mouse

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    Dec 16, 2009
    Baytown, Tx
    You could always get a docking station, so you don't have to plug in a bunch of cables. You may consider blue-tooth peripherals, however, and then it's just a matter of plugging in a monitor.

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    foxj66's Avatar
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    Jan 24, 2010
    I would recommend you use Bluetooth mouse and keyboard to save your usb ports for other uses, I have my desk set up with a magic mouse, apple keyboard and a logitech speaker system, and i hook it too my 32'' T.V.
    2.26 GHz White Unibody,160GB Intel X-25m, 8GB Ram, Mac mini 2.26GHz, 500GB 7200 RPM Hitachi drive, 4GB Ram

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    IvanLasston's Avatar
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    Feb 26, 2010
    Rocky Mountain High, Colorado
    I should mention since this is a switchers forum I have my PC desktop and I use this program Synergy
    to share mouse and keyboard. It is a software switcher for keyboard and mouse. That way I can use 1 keyboard and mouse between my PC and Mac. I actually have a windows laptop, a windows desktop and a Mac that sit on my desk and I use Synergy to control all of them.

    By the way if your synergy server is PC you'll need this info when you use the mac to map the keys correctly.
    Andy's Blog: Proper Mapping of Modifer Keys for Synergy with Windows Server and Mac Client

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