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I found the answer after pulling my hair for a few days... I actually had to tick the "Displays have separate Spaces" option in System Preferences => Mission Control Does this setting depend on the monitor that is plugged in? I would suppose the answer is yes, otherwise it would not work with my home monitor... To be tested and confirmed!


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The USB cable is only for the ports in the back of the display. If you don't intend on using them, you don't need to plug it in. USB 2.0 has a max cable length limit of about 5 meters. You could get an extension cable that keeps you below that limit and it should make things work smoothly.


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I've never heard of a DisplayPort-based external TV tuner. But there are HDMI-based TV tuners available, and HDMI-DVI adapters are cheap. Single-link DVI supports 1920x1200 at 60 Hz, which is higher than any digital broadcast TV standard, so that wouldn't be your limiting factor.


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I would go from your mini DisplayPort (mDP) to DisplayPort (DP) or go HDMI to HDMI from your MBP to BenQ. The reason why is that DP (newer standard) supports HDMI (older) signaling quite easily through a passive adapter, while going from HDMI to DP requires active conversion. This is probably the reason it's not working. I have run into this problem ...


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Definitely thunderbolt to thunderbolt. Also my BenQ has HDMI so you could do it HDMI -> HDMI


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Yes you can run 2 displays If you have an iPad pro iPad iPad Air 1/2 There's an app called duet display 11.99 GBP Then a free download from duetdisplay.com to install the app on this model of iMac Turn off iTunes backup to save space Open the app on iMac Connect lightning or 30 pin from usb on iMac to iPad model Open app on iPad model Et voila ...


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Not according to EveryMac who are usually spot on with their info, including unsupported 'hacks', none of which are mentioned for this model. This model can simultaneously support the internal display at full native resolution and up to 4096x2304 on an external display in both extended desktop (second workspace) and video mirroring (internal display ...


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If you have another keyboard and another mouse you can close your MacBook Pro : If an external display is detected and the MacBook is plugged to the power, you can close it without any software.


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If the work is not GPU intensive you might try to manually switch from the Discrete graphic card to the Integrated (Intel HD Graphics). Should work for all 2008-2012, 15-17" dual-GPU MacBook Pros. By installing gfxCardStatus you can do this from the menu bar.


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According to Apple KB : Use your iMac as a display with Target Display Mode you could use Mini Display Port cables for the 2009 & 2010 models, but later models would appear to require Thunderbolt.



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