Thanks to my employer for hooking me up with a beautiful MacBook Pro and two huge external monitors.
If you’re trying to do the thing mentioned in the title of this post, you’ve probably already found the perfectly comprehensive post I’m going to link to. If not, it’s this guy right here. The Cliffs Notes version is as follows:
* Your MacBook Pro has one Mini-DVI port. You want to drive two external monitors. *Problem*.
* So buy two Diamond BVU195 USB display adapters. These allow you to connect DVI cables to USB cables, of which your MacBook Pro has a few.
* “But wait!” you might say here, “I only have two or so USB ports, and I want to drive two external monitors. How will I plug in an external mouse *and* an iPod/iPhone, *and* those two monitors?” Fear not: here’s where you buy a USB hub. I got a 7-port Belkin external USB hub for $28. I run a cable from there to a USB port on the MacBook Pro, and I’m done.
To review: up to here, you’re running one DVI cable from each of your monitors into a DVI-to-USB adapter from Diamond. Then you run the resulting USB cables into a USB hub. Then you run one cable from the hub into your MacBook Pro. Now both your monitors, in summary, are being run off a single USB port on your MacBook Pro. *Sexy*.
The final step, again as detailed in that article, is
* Download and install the DisplayLink OS X drivers. Now you can use System Preferences to arrange your three monitors — two external, one built-in — in any configuration you like.
I would include pictures of how these things all work on my end, but the fellow who wrote that piece included everything I would have.
My only question now is how to get control of the ridiculous quantities of cabling I have laying on my desk at work as a result of these contortions: