• 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Disappointed! F - 30" Cinema Display w/Oct2009 2.66Ghz Mac Mini

    First of all... this cable is $100. They are charging the same amount for a cable as they charge for the base model iphone (at the time of this review)?! Ok, so I swallow the fact that it costs 10 times what it really should cost...but the overly priced product doesn't work well. Over two years I've run my 30" cinema display from a macbook pro with absolutely ZERO problems. It has been flawless. Brand new mac mini w/ 2.66Ghz processor, and the special $100 cable to connect my 30" display... I have to restart my computer twice a day to make the fuzzy vertical lines disappear. If you like having your display not function well, and if you enjoy fuzzy lines, and loss of color all over your screen, then buy this product. Otherwise... I recommend you find an alternate solution.

    26 of 27 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Finally Working. Pricy.

    Finally working under the following condition. Price is too high. Should be $30.

    Gefen DVM KVM DL Switch
    Dell 30"
    Macbook Pro 2.53 9400M GT
    OS 10.6.2
    Dual-Link DVI Adapter Firmware 1.02

    9 of 9 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Works sometimes, doesn't work other times, is always annoying.

    As I write this review, I've had to unplug and replug the adapter 3 (count 'em, 3! times). I am using an HP LP3065 display. I have all the same issues as everyone else on this thread. Apple should fix this adapter and replace all the ones that we bought.

    15 of 15 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Flicker two or three times a day

    I am a totally MAC fan. I love their stuff. It is always quality. This thing is awful. I depend on my monitor as I do a lot of photo work. I had an older macbook pro which had the DVI output. Ok, so I have buy a 100 adapter now, I am sort of ok with that. Then I find it takes up one of my USB ports as well. A little less happy, but give me a product that works. Now this... Two or three times a day I need to cycle this thing. Very poor. I really hope they fix this.

    16 of 17 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    bad bad bad

    This thing is junk. Sadly I have to re boot or put my computer to sleep at least three or four times a day because it goes out and comes back with the dreaded TV Snow we all hated as kids when the cable went out. Apple should have gotten this right by now. As a consumer and big spender on apple product I'm disappointed again. Windows 7 anyone? (Joke) Is Apple listening?

    16 of 17 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Works on my Dell 3007 WFPHC

    Based on the reviews, I was worried bout buying this product. I purchased from the Apple Store at the end of Nov 2009 and have had little trouble.

    There was one instance of blurry video that was corrected by unplugging and reseating the cable. It hasn't happened since.

    I've used the monitor extensively for multi-hour (up to 10) stints.

    5 of 6 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    How to make it work

    The adapter has problems, everybody knows it. To solve problems with flickering and snow connect its USB plug to external source of power. Powered USB hubs may work but I found it working perfectly with ipod/iphone power adapter which gives 1A (not just 500mA) of power. No flickering. No snow. It finally works.

    22 of 24 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Works with Dell SP2309w monitor

    Works flawlessly with my Mac Book Pro and Dell Monitor SP2309W

    6 of 11 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Dual-Link DVI Adapter with Nov 2009 iMac and NEC MultiSync 3090WQXi

    The Apple Mini DisplayPort to Dual-Link DVI Adapter rates 5 stars for driving the NEC MultiSync LCD3090WQXi 30" monitor at 2560 by 1600 pixel resolution from my Late 2009 iMac. The problem is that I cannot calibrate the monitor color using NEC's SpectraView II software and the Mini DisplayPort to Dual-Link DVI Adapter. It appears that the Mini DisplayPort to Dual-Link DVI Adapter hardware and/or OS X software drivers do not provide for proper communication between the SpectraView calibration software and the display's internal processor. I have to remove the Dual-Link Adapter, install the Mini DisplayPort to DVI Adapter (Single-Link), and calibrate the monitor at a 1600 by 1200 pixel resolution. I then have to reinstall the Dual-Link DVI Adapter to get the 2560 by 1600 pixel resolution.

    8 of 10 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Worst Hardware Ever

    I've never felt compelled to write a review of hardware before but this is different. After buying my shiny new mac mini (late 2009) I also found I had to buy a dual-link adapter to use it with my 30" apple cinema display so I was stung for another £70!!! This adaptor really is the pits, It just doesn't work, no display when waking and intermittent problems constantly. Surely either sort the firmware (currently 1.02 or something) or issue a product recall. Ive spent over £700 quid on this stuff and expect for better for my hard earned cash. Apple need to accept there is a problem and sort it out, just because you dont admit it doesnt mean its not happening. Dont buy this adapter if you really dont have to. Get a machine that has a normal dual link connector. There are far more cheaper alternatives out there.

    25 of 27 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Works with my HP LP3065

    I got this adapter (with firmware 1.02) for use with a late-2009 Mac mini and a 30" HP LP3065. It works far better than I was expecting after all of the bad reviews. I've had none of the sparkly pixel issues or any flashing or flickering.

    When waking the Mac from sleep, about 5% of the time I was getting a crazy screen with odd vertical stripes which could be fixed by re-sleeping and re-waking. A workaround is to plug the adapter's USB cable into a powered hub rather than the Mac. It has worked perfectly, 100% since doing that.

    I'd give it five stars if it worked better with the USB plugged straight into the Mac.

    11 of 14 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Not the quality I'm used to from Apple.

    I'm a Mac fanboy and I promote Apple and it's quality products wherever I go and also write software for the Mac. Unfortunately I have to write a bad review for this one.

    My setup is Macbook 5,1 Unibody with a 30" Dell 3008WFP Monitor.
    mini-DVI to DualLink DVI cable with firmware 1.02.

    At first I thought it was my screen that was defective so I got an exchange from dell, since then I've exchanged this cable for the third time and still the quality is not what I am used to from Apple.

    The new cable works fine at maximum resolution for a couple of days but then I start seeing pixelation ( like snow on a old TV set without cable) in the bottom half of the screen soon followed by the whole screen becoming green and flashing back to normal colours at a rapid 60Hz. My guess is that this adaptor cable looses sync after a while.

    If I disconnect the screen itself from the adaptor and reconnect it, nothing changes the adaptor still flickers the screen image, but if I disconnect the adaptor from the mac book and reconnect it, the adaptor is good to go for a couple of hours before it starts behaving badly again.

    I've tested my screen on another computer and also tested the screen with a normal mini-DVI to DVI Cable, both situations worked flawlessly.

    Basically said, this adaptor is not stable at all.

    23 of 24 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Complete rubbish!!! Does not work well!

    I would have had more enjoyment sitting on my roof and folding 20 ten euro notes into paper airplanes and watching them go...

    I run this between my 30" HD Apple Display and my 17" MacBook Pro. 9/10 times it doesnt work and when it does more often than not the display becomes un-viewable. The screen flashes on & off all the time. Very very very unhappy with this product.. DO NOT BUY. Opps screen just did it again...

    23 of 23 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Works with my 30 inch

    I just receive it and it works at full resolution with my 30 in Apple Cinema Display with both my new Mac Mini and new Macbook Pro. I thought there may be a flicker problem with the MBP because I saw flickers when I first plugged it in but they went away after the computer came on.

    12 of 18 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    It works!

    With some apprehension I ordered this adapter for connecting my recently acquired Mac mini (2.53GHz Intel Core 2 Duo, 4GB memory, 320GB hard drive, double-layer SuperDrive, NVIDIA GeForce 9400M graphics, Mac OS X Snow Leopard) to my 30" Apple Cinema display.

    It worked immediately, which is essential because the Mac mini is in fact my spare computer for getting on should my main computer, an early 2008 Mac Pro, break down.

    Normally, the Cinema screen is connected to my Mac Pro (early 2008 model, now running under Snow Leopard), and the Mac mini is connected as a target disk via FireWire800 for cloning the Mac Pro hard disk to the Mac Mini hard disk.

    14 of 21 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Possibly doesn't like ground lifts? Whatever, it's a TERRIBLE product.

    I used this product to connect my 17" MacBook Pro to my 50" plasma. Shouldn't have been much of a stretch for it as the resolution of a plasma is only 1920x1080. The results quite literally looked like my MBP was on a bad acid trip with cyclical pulsating anywhere in the image with a brighter luminance. I did not have anything plugged into the adapter's USB extender and the MBP was getting DC power from its adapter (not running off of the battery).

    I have a sneaking suspicion that this product doesn't like ground lifts (although after just reading a bunch of other reviews (wish I had done that before visiting the Apple store) it's possible that perhaps it just globally bites and maybe someone in Apple's quality assurance department ought to be fired (or at the very least attend a class on black box and white box testing)). Like most apartments in the Boston area, the one I'm in has no discrete 3rd prong for ground so you must use a ground lift. If that's a requirement of this product it's pretty unrealistic, at least for those of us who live in older cities. FWIW I know it's not the display as my 13" MacBook from 2006 is able to drive my plasma just fine with a mini DVI to a DVI adapter (and from there I use a DVI to HDMI cable).

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  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    On 3rd one in 4 months

    Running a 2009 MacBook Pro connected to a Dell UltraSharp 3007WFP-HC 30-inch WideScreen Flat Panel Monitor. The monitor works perfectly when I use it with my older MacBook pros and older connectors.

    Using the 2009 MBP with Mini DisplayPort to Dual-Link DVI Adapter, my external monitor does the following:

    * Flashes garbled white horizontal lines randomly.
    * When the computer wakes up after a long sleep, the external display shows 'double vision' with some vibration.
    * While the computer is awake the external display sometimes just goes black (while still powered up).
    * When the image being displayed is full black, there are random flickering white pixels distributed over the black.

    For each of the above issues, my remedy is to unplug the DVI Adabpter cable from the MacBook Pro and then plug it in again. It resets the external display to 'normal'.

    I've had Apple send me two new cables and the problem persists.

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  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Defective by design

    Everyone I've talked to has problems with this adapter. I personally get blank screens at random times. The USB port is basically useless, as it balks a "not enough power" error every time I plug something into it (even powered USB hubs). To top that, they charge $100 for the device, which you didn't even need with the old MacBook Pros.

    I'm not sure if this trouble is caused by the Laptop, Video Card, or Adaptor, but I am not impressed.

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Horrible adapter.

    I bought this in good faith, hoping that I wouldn't experience problems with the new 1.02 adapter firmware. I'm experiencing coloured static in pure black areas and it makes the display awful to work on. This setup was just way too expensive to not work properly.

    25 of 26 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Works Perpectly!!

    I bought the 27" iMac last week, and I wanted to use my 30" Cinema Display in dual-setup mode. After reading the reviews here, I was hesitant about buying this adapter, but this was my only option. So, I went ahead and bought it.

    I plugged in the 30" DVI and USB cable to the adapter, and boom, it worked immediately. I did not experience any issues whatsoever.

    The only negative thing I can say, is the price. $100? Seriously Apple? At least provide a discount for all people who bought your Cinema Displays.

    32 of 39 people found this useful