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Old 12-03-2009, 04:24 AM   #1
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Default Connect projector to Mac

My organization is presenting a speaker who is bringing a PowerPoint presentation on a Mac laptop of some kind. We've arranged to borrow a digital projector, but the owner has only used it with a PC laptop. Is there any difference in the way a Mac connects to a projector?

Or, if we can't connect it, would it be feasible to put the PowerPoint file on a flash drive and transfer it to a PC?
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Old 12-03-2009, 07:53 AM   #2
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Is there any difference in the way a Mac connects to a projector?
You will need an adapter between the VGA cord and the Mac—The adapters come with the Mac, so the owner should have it. You may have to go into the DISPLAYS panel under SYSTEM PREFERENCES to set the projector to mirror the laptop's display—sometimes they are set to form a two-screen-wide virtual desktop. If the person who is doing the presentation does them regularly, they should know how to do this stuff.

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The adapters come with the Ma
I'm pretty sure that's no longer the case.

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I'm pretty sure that's no longer the case.
None at all with my latest, which has a proprietary connector.

   
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Old 12-04-2009, 09:39 AM   #5
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Thanks for all the replies.

The speaker did not have an adapter, nor were we able to come up with one locally, so he copied the PowerPoint file to a flash drive and ran it from a PC. Fortunately there were no problems with the images (no font problems either, but there was almost no text).

It sounds as if different Mac models require different adapters - is that true?
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It sounds as if different Mac models require different adapters - is that true?
Yes -- they used to use DVI, but they've now moved to Mini DisplayPort.
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Old 12-04-2009, 01:26 PM   #7
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And before that, analog/VGA (but again out of a proprietary connector).

That's probably far enough back that nobody but me has one though. ,-)

   
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And before that, analog/VGA (but again out of a proprietary connector).

That's probably far enough back that nobody but me has one though. ,-)
Really, I have one of the original Apple Trinatron(sp?) 13in color monitors hooked up to a G3 desktop sitting behind me. Is that old enough? -grin- Or I have one of the original Apple 15in LCD displays hooked up to my Cube.

   
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For one who looks so young, you've got me beat for old Macs.

I do obeisance to your antiquity. ;-)

   
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For one who looks so young, you've got me beat for old Macs.
For looking so young I have to thank my mother for saving pictures of me from the 1960s. -grin-
I do try to keep using computer equipment as long as possible. I am still using a HP LaserJet 4mp (16 years old) as my main B&W printer. The G3 is not really used anymore but I hate throwing out a still working computer. I still have an old IIci sitting in the bottom of a closet that has not been turned on in years. The Cube (running OSX 10.3.9) is acting as a print server for the HP as Snow Leopard dropped AppleTalk support which is how it communicates.

   
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