F31 multiple monitors on MacBook Pro late 2011

Newby on Fedora 31 using a MacBook Pro late 2011, 2 Dual Core i7, SSD, 16GB RAM: great preformance with Fedora.

Does anyone has tips, experience how to install multiple monitors via Mini-DV port (and/or alternative options?) I currently use an old Apple monitor and the laptop monitor, but urgently need to enlarge number and size of monitors for data science projects.

Many thanks in advance for your kind efforts.

Advice: See how many displays your CPU supports.

lscpu | grep -i 'model name:'

# output for me:
Model name:                      Intel(R) Pentium(R) CPU B960 @ 2.20GHz

Take the second part of output, and paste it in a search engine, like:

Intel(R) Pentium(R) CPU B960 @ 2.20GHz site:ark.intel.com

At ark.intel.com search the page for (Ctrl + F usually) # of Displays Supported line. My CPU supports maximum of 2.

If your’ve a discrete GPU, then maybe your’re need to search same info for it.

lspci | grep -i vga

# my output
00:02.0 VGA compatible controller: Intel Corporation 2nd Generation Core Processor Family Integrated Graphics Controller (rev 09)
01:00.0 VGA compatible controller: NVIDIA Corporation GF117M [GeForce 610M/710M/810M/820M / GT 620M/625M/630M/720M] (rev a1)

Try search term like:

nvidia specs GF117M

My: “This device has no display connectivity, as it is not designed to have monitors connected to it.” – NVIDIA GeForce 710M Specs | TechPowerUp GPU Database

So, for example, i can only have 2 working displays with this laptop at a time.

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@vits95 , many thanks for your “cook-book” and guidance. Just checked my MB Pro and indeed the system only support maximum 2 displays. I probably have to move to an desktop anyway and share developments via Github and/or nextcloud server. Regardless the MB Pro remains a great and reliable piece of hardware.

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