How to Use a Samsung Monitor With a Mac

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How to Use a Samsung Monitor With a Mac
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A Mac Pro desktop is the only model, other than the Mac Mini, in Apple’s line that does not have a monitor built in. You can use a Samsung monitor with a Mac Pro once it has been attached as a second monitor. No special hardware is needed except for a DVI connection cable. The OS X operating system then can be used to configure the output of the Samsung monitor, so that the image it displays from the Mac Pro will be correct.

Skill level:
Easy

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Plug one end of the DVI connection cable into the video input socket of the Samsung monitor. Plug the other end of the DVI connection cable into the second video output socket on the back of the Mac Pro. Screw down the locking screws on both ends of the DVI connection cable with your fingers. Turn on the Samsung monitor.

  2. 2

    Go to the “Apple” menu. Select “System Preferences” from the drop-down menu. Select the “Display” icon from beneath the “Hardware” tab on the window that appears.

  3. 3

    Click the “Detect Displays” button at the bottom of the window that appears on the primary monitor being used with the Mac Pro.

  4. 4

    Click the “Display” tab on the window that appears on the Samsung monitor. Select the highest resolution that is available from within the “Resolutions” column on the left side of the window.

  5. 5

    Click the “Color” tab at the top of the window next to the “Display” tab. Select the name of a Samsung monitor from the list of choices presented in the “Display Profile” column that is in the left side of the window.

  6. 6

    Close the windows on the monitors by clicking the red button at the upper left corner of the window that is on the primary monitor’s screen.

Tips and warnings

  • You can make the Samsung monitor the primary monitor by adjusting its position relative to the first monitor by using the “Adjustment” setting in the "Displays" control panel.

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