• 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Flickering and noise with 30" Apple Cinema Display

    Like many other users, I too am experiencing consistent flickering and bands of video noise on any portion of the monitor that is being rendered as black when I use this cable. Now that I purchased a 2010 i7 MBP, I HAVE to use this cable and it's driving me crazy! My old 2007 MBP with a straight DVI connector worked great with this monitor. This is totally unacceptable for an apple product connecting two other apple products together!

    23 of 23 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    i use this thing on every monitor in my house and its great

    I use this Cable to plug in to my hp display my pioneer tv,s and my friends pc monitors and it has always worked great with no static issues or greyed areas and it always wakes from sleep only good things to say about it i even like that it makes the usb easier to access i would recommend this product to anyone looking to plug there mac in to any hd monitor or tv and i use the 17 inch macbook pro unibody 2.93ghz cor 2 duo

    8 of 10 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Static or "snow" in black areas

    Still have static or snow on black areas of screen between 30 inch apple display and i7 macbook pro. unplugging the dvi adapter doesn't help. SO ANNOYING. Apple please fix this there are problems like this all over the internet.

    20 of 20 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    possible problem with flickering and stuff

    For all users out there, make sure that your DVI cable is DUAL LINK capable.

    9 of 15 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Works perfectly on iMac for displaying 30 inch apple cinema HD display

    Plugged it in to my iMac 2.8 GHz Intel Core i7 and connected it to my 30 inch apple cinema HD display and it works beautifully. I get a crisp 2560x1600 resolution image.

    No problems whatsoever.

    I'm running 10.6.3.

    7 of 8 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    burned my laptop out

    I just got a new macbook pro 13". After plugging the monitor in, it would flicker and become grainy periodically. Eventually it became grainy to the point where it stopped fixing itself. The next day when I turned the laptop on the graphics were all sorts of messed up and I had to return the laptop.

    Figuring it was a hardware specific problem, I hooked my new one back up and it is doing similar things with less frequency. I hope it doesnt bust it AGAIN.

    12 of 12 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Overpriced, early version extremely buggy, takes up a USB Port

    IMPORTANT: Adapters with 1.01 Firmware are extremely unreliable and buggy (Random static/pixel distortion until adapter is reset). Negative reviews here are from adapters with 1.01. So make sure you buy an adapter with 1.03 firmware+.

    I'm amazed Apple hasn't issued an official recall for these. If you contact support (or go to an Apple Store) and have 1.01 Firmware, they will replace your adapter...so obviously they are aware of the problem.


    Pros:
    *Use 30" monitors with dual-link dvi


    Cons:
    *$100 for an Adapter. As an Apple customer I'm used to paying a premium..but $100? For an adapter? That's just blatant price gouging.. it's disgusting.
    *Early versions with 1.01 firmware are extremely buggy, ALL are affected.
    *It needs to take up a USB Port, it has a usb port built in to make up for it but some devices need to be plugged in directly to a laptop.
    *The Adapter is kind of big


    Apple..give up on this stupid MiniDisplay port. I mean why? Replace the Firewire port and MiniDisplay port with HDMI. Enough with the proprietary stuff that requires us to buy $100 adapters.

    31 of 32 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Great Results, But the Price?????

    I love this adapter's end result, BUT $99 and it is not exactly a small device. The old MacBook Pro used to have a DVI port built right in... no adapter needed. Now the computer is more expensive AND you have to buy this adapter to connect it to your 30 Cinema HD display. I'm not sure this is progress...

    8 of 10 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    1.01, 1.02 all bad. Went through 5 of them all cause distortion eventually.

    All failed eventually even with external USB charger (Apple as well). They work for a while, then after 2-3 days it starts with flicker, then garbled screen out of sleep, then screen goes garbled even in the middle of the work. Feels like something burns out in these adapters. I have not tried 1.03, was not sure they even did 1.03 but doubtful that it will solve it. Seems hardware related.

    14 of 14 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Dell 30" Monitor + Mac Mini

    Last week, I bought a new mac mini & connected it to my 30" Dell monitor (3007WFP). Unfortunately, the resolution was apparently waaaay off and was stuck at 1280x800, TERRIBLE..! Later that night, I learned about this cable but noticed that everyone complained about it. No kidding, about 2 hours ago, I bought the cable, connected it and Bingo..! It works..! You have to connect the mini DVI to the Mac Mini AND connect the USB as well to the mac mini (which I think is what some are missing) but I won't lie... when I FIRST connected it, there were weird horizontal lines everyone mentioned. All I did was disconnect it from the Mac mini, reconnected and it was all good, one shot which was my fault too since I didn't push the mini-dvi all the way in the back of the mini. The ONLY minor issue is that it was $100 for the cable but whatever. I'm just happy that I have 2048x1280 on this thing. :) If you have a Dell 22", 24" or 30" monitor (the old ones too) this cable will connect. It's fine. Hope this helps..!!

    11 of 14 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Disapointing

    I join the rank and file here. Worked with my new MacBook Pro for a week then just quit.

    20 of 21 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    New Macbook Pro and Display Connectors

    I just bought a new Macbook Pro with the i7 chip. It's a screamer and works beautifully in almost every respect but the display connectors. My old Macbook Pro had a full size DVI connector that directly supported every display mode I needed out of the box. Now to support my 30" Apple Cinema display I need this clunky connector? Really? To top it all, I bought the mini display port to DVI only to discover it's DVI-D (single link) not DVI-I. Every VGA to DVI adapter in my school is DVI-I so I can't connect without another adapter! So in the end I'm going to have to buy 3 connectors: mini displayport to dual-link DVI, mini displayport to DVI and mini displayport to VGA. A total of $160. For a company that has a reputation of attention to detail, Apple failed on this one.

    36 of 39 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Doesn't work

    Plugged it in properly installed latest updates and this device doesn't work. My computer is also brand new. I bought two 30 inch displays with the screaming HD ATI graphics card, I was pretty excited to utilize two 30 inchers. But when I plugged in the 2nd monitor, the monitor never wakes from sleep mode. I even swapped monitors to see if I had a bad 2nd monitor. That wasn't the issue. I called Apple Support and they couldn't figure anything out. In fact, there was no technical notes for them on this device so they were in the dark. Also, there are no instructions when you receive this device. Just a warranty. For a while I just didn't know how to hook it up! I I'm actually going to return this device and the 2nd monitor and not bother with a dual set up... I don't have time for all this trouble shooting. I just want to buy it and have it work. Apple stuff is already commanding a high price and especially one that is not based on intrinsic worth it's beyond a prospective buyer's means most of the time ... so if it's pricey then it should work right? Come on get with it Apple! Don't be like GM!

    23 of 24 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Firmware 1.03, i7 MBP

    Just got the Core i7 15" MBP and the adapter from a store. It has firmware v. 1.03 on it. Completely plug and play... No glitches, no unplugging, don't have to plug in to external power... operating on my 30" Cinema Display without issue. At work, I have a 1.01 adapter and a Matrox TripleHead2Go DVI (Digital) edition. That's a bit of a different story, but it's not supported by Matrox, so I can't really complain. The good thing is, that I have that one working as well to drive 2 1600x1200 monitors.

    4 stars because it's really freaking expensive and Mini Display Port, I feel, is completely unnecessary

    21 of 22 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Avoid buy a second screen for my laptop

    A friend give me a 30" display, and I was not able to use it on my mac book pro, I called apple care support, and I the only response was i will able to use my screen, but after lots of search in forum, a blessed forumuer told me to try this cable.

    And you know what ? It work perfect. I'm now in 2560 x 1600 on my second screen !

    I really enjoy working in 30" from my 13" laptop ! If you have a 2560 x 1600 second screen you need it, and not need apple care call (without any useful answer and knowledge of apple product)!

    11 of 19 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Works Perfectly - Forget about the poor reviews

    I have no clue why this device has gotten such poor reviews. Maybe the first-generation units had a defect or users were unclear as to exactly how/why this is supposed to be connected. (You need to make sure the USB connector is plugged into either a powered USB hub or your Mac.)

    I just purchased one on 4-5-10 connecting my 2.8Ghz MacBook Pro to my 30" inch ACD with ZERO issues whatsoever. No flickering, no lines, no color shift - it's *perfect*.

    It also works perfectly in BootCamp running Vista 64 and I use my 30" inch ACD as the primary monitor - even running Flight Simulator Acceleration and it's flawless!

    Get one and be happy.

    15 of 25 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Beware!!!

    I bought this to run my Dell 30" monitor from a brand new mac mini. I run the monitor at the full 2560x1600 resolution and need to plug the USB into an external power source through my iPhone charger. In short, the cable works perfectly about half of the time, and the other half of the time it is either:
    1) completely unusable, blurry across the entire screen or
    2) usable, but with flickering lines in the very dark areas of the screen.

    To fix the problem, I can either put the mini to sleep and immediately wake it, pull the USB cable from the charger, or restart snow leopard. It stops working sporadically in the middle of things and is VERY annoying.

    Apple please fix this!!! My previous macbook pro with a normal dual-link dvi connection worked perfectly and it is completely unacceptable to spend $100 on a adapter that doesn't work 100% of the time!

    30 of 34 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    I just don't get it!

    I purchased this adapter to connect my MBP 13" 2.26 5,5 and a 30" Apple Cinema HD Display and it works perfectly! I never had an issue with a flickering screen, poor color rendering, vertical/horizontal lines or artifacts...it just works as advertised. Based on my experience it's gets 4 stars (reserving one because i think it should cost half of what it does).

    9 of 11 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    It's a driver issue

    I got this for my Samsung 305T. Although it displayed properly, the screen would continue to flash. It was never showing the screen for more than a few secondss before it would flash dark again. Totally unusable. I tried connecting the USB to a more powerful source but that didn't help.

    I measured the current drawn from the device from the USB port and it never drew more than 200 mA, which should be fine for most computers with USB ports. I don't see how that could be the issue.

    I partioned my mini mac for Windows XP and lo and behold. There are absolutely no issues when running the cable and monitor using XP on the same mini mac. This rules out the problem being the monitor, cable or mini mac. The problem is the Apple driver, either for the adapter or for the integrated video. Since it works on XP, I'll keep the cable. But I can see why there are so many complaints!

    37 of 37 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    No Firewire connection

    Not a well considered product, as it only provides 2 of the required 3 connections between laptop and Cinema Display. There is no provision to connect the Firewire 400 cable from the Cinema Display to the Firewire 800 port on the laptop. Any Firewire devices that you have connected to the Firewire hub on the Cinema Display therefore will not be connected to the laptop.

    As this is an expensive Apple product intended to connect two other Apple products, it is not fit for purpose without the addition of a Firewire 400 to 800 adapter at more expense. Apple does not offer such an adapter in its store, so you will have to get a third party product.

    Surely Apple knows that the 30" cinema display uses Firewire 400, and that the new MacBook Pro for which this adapter is intended uses Firewire 800, and that they need to be connected. Apple prides itself on everything working right out of the box, but have failed in this case.

    12 of 20 people found this useful