external monitor on 5500

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i have this weird idea to attach an external monitor to my 5500\225. i want to give it a paint job and upgrade all the insides while releiving my work space of two other macs. basically i want to consalidate my desk to just the 5500, since it has only a 15"mon, i need bigger for my graphics and art needs. i have a 17" - just my size, and don't want to loose it. i see everywhere all these two mon'ed comps and was thinking of doing this to my 5500. there is nothing wrong with its mon, i just want that nifty two mon wrap around.

let me know if i am a retard and should never be tried. or if it is possible, any ionfo would be appreciated.

peace and love
ande

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PCI Video Card Is the Solution

According to the Apple Service Manual for this unit, the built-in external video port only allows for mirroring (same desktop and image on both monitors).

So to get a true dual monitor setup, you'll need to buy a PCI video card and install it in the 5500's PCI slot. If you already have a card installed there, and you can't do without it, then I don't think there's a solution.

Keep in mind, though, that if you already have a PCI ethernet card installed, you can remove it and replace it with a Comm Slot II ethernet card, thereby freeing up the PCI slot for a video card for your second monitor.

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thankyou

thats what i thought, i just needed to hear it from someone else. i tend not to trust my crazy schemes. but now the trick is to get a PCI adaptor intended for a 6500 and put it in and just adjust the rear exterior to support two PCI cards.

thankyou for your advice and i will let you guiys know how it turns out when i get it all in line.

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ande

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external monitor on 5550

On my macintosh 5500/225 i have this tiny car that plugs in at the back of the motherboard by the wiring harness and it supplies a monitor jack where i can plug in an older macintosh monitor (db19 i think, like the AUI slot)

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That is the video mirroring p

That is the video mirroring port that tmtomh mentioned. It's a standard Mac DB-15 monitor plug. It tends to get put in the same cutout where the PCI card goes, so it's the same problem as if you already have a PCI card in there.

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You'll have to "adjust" a good portion of the metal chassis of the case as well. The dual PCI slot riser is too tall to fit in the 5400/5500. The metal between the mobo and CRT's neck interferes. You'd have to cut away quite a bit to fit in a second PCI card. Let me know if it works out for you - I'd like to get two PCI cards in my 5500 as well!

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Drew

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internal cable

just open the case, and the frame up and you wan unplug the cable and plug a diffrent monitor in just like on an imac, its very simple if you know how to get the metal frame apart

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It isn't like the iMac ::)

It isn't like the iMac :Smile The internal cable is a proprietary connector for that model only, similar to the G3 AIO.