• 5.0 out of 5 stars

    It works - for those who can't get it to work read below

    I read all the negative reviews on here before buying and still made the purchase anyway to try it for myself. Don't forget everyone - most people who write reviews on the Internet are complaining about something. The majority of purchases that work never get written about because it is as expected. So always take "reviews" with a grain of salt.

    So anyway, I hooked this "Mini DisplayPort to Dual-Link DVI Adapter" up to my MacBook Pro (2.53GHz model) and to my 30" Apple screen. YOU HAVE TO MAKE SURE YOU ARE RUNNING YOUR GRAPHICS IN PERFORMANCE MODE to not get any color or tearing issues. You might also need a fresh reboot to make it reset as well.

    Steps:
    1) Click on your battery or charging icon in the upper right hand part of your screen
    2) Click on "Energy Saver Preferences"
    3) Ensure that the "Higher performance" button is selected when connected to the adapter (you can switch it back when portability is needed)
    4) Then exit

    Now...

    1) Go Apple>System Preferences> and click on "Displays" in the Hardware section
    2) You can play around with the settings in here to get the resolutions, colors and displays set-ups however you want.

    **Important note - make sure your laptop is using the battery charger when connected to the adapter for all of the above to work consistently.

    Hope this helps - worked for me.

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  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Design Engineering Staff Shouid be Publicaly FLOGGED!!

    Please forgive my possibly ignorant rant knowing I am open to any schooling from an informed source, unless otherwise corrected I believe the Design Engineering Staff at Apple should be publicly Flogged or at the very least be made to give up a portion of their paychecks to accommodate the prolific permutations of video connectors Apple has SPAWNED! Really now, Intel / PC based computers, that offer equivalent graphic performance have managed to utilize the same 15 Pin cable for 20 years!!! Could someone please tell me WHY APPLES FEELS IT IS COMPULSORY EVERY TIME A MODEL OR MID MODEL CHANGE HAPPENS THEY MUST INVENT ANOTHER *&!@#!# VIDEO CONNECTOR?!!!! One must carry a printed product compatibility map the size of a bed sheet to PURCHASE the correct $30 to $125 adapter so that one can connect AN APPLE MONITOR TO AN APPLE COMPUTER!!! Shame on Apple once again for showing absolutely NO ALLEGIANCE to Long Standing Consumers! I had hoped Intel would have put a stop to the 8Pin, D-Sub, BNC, 15 Pin, Powerbook 100 Series adapter, Powerbook Duo Adapter, DVI, VGA, Mini DisplayPort to VGA, Mini DVI to VGA, Mini DisplayPort to DVI, Mini DVI to DVI, Mini DVI to Video, Mini DisplayPort to VGA, Micro DVi to Video, MADNESS!!! Just to name a few.....

    188 of 232 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Serious noise / interference problems - as widely reported

    I purchased one of these (expensive) adaptors for use with a new MacBook. Unfortunately there is serious interference on black parts of the screen. Many other users have encountered this, so I don't believe my experience is uncommon.

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  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    doesn't work properly with Macbook Pro (late 2008) and Dell 30" monitors

    beware, doesn't work with a Macbook Pro (late 2008) and any Dell 30" (3007wfp /3007wfp-hc), every so often the infamous 'fuzz of death' appears and your screen will be unreadable, leaving only a re-boot or unpluging/repluging the adpater to bring the screen back, but only for awhile.

    check out the forums for details, especially the thread intitled - 'periodic Dual-link display problem with new adapter'.

    very poor show from Apple to release a faulty product.

    139 of 158 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Flicker Issues on Black/Dark Backgrounds

    Like a lot of people, I too am experiencing green & blue flickers on black/dark parts of the screen when connecting my brand new 15" MBP to an Apple 30" Display. I had hoped this wouldn't happen to me with brand new equipment but there you are...

    69 of 70 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    worst Apple product ever

    I've been happily using my 30" Dell monitor with previous MacBook Pro (which had dual-link dvi output), when I upgraded my notebook I purchased this adapter, hoping that it will work fine too. Unfortunately, it didn't! Simply put, this adapter is very unstable. I'm always using with power adaptor is connected, with "High Performance" graphics mode. Couple days it worked fine for couple hours, but usually it goes crazy after 10-15 minutes usage; seems like having a refresh/synch problem. Some times unplugging and plugging it back solves the problem for another 10-15 minutes... This is really frustrating....

    71 of 76 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Causes pixel snow with new Unibody MBPro and 30" Apple Cinema Display

    I just bought a new 2.66Ghz 17" Unibody MBPro 2 days ago and hooked it up to my 30" Apple Cinema Display with the Dual-Link DVI adapter. At first, it worked fine and I thought I got lucky, but after the first waking from sleep, I started getting the flickering pixel snow in the background. Now, after 2 days, it's gotten worse--and it's really distracting while I work.

    I've tried unplugging/replugging the adapter, tried both graphics cards settings, detached all USB peripherals from the 30", but it doesn't solve the problem. I don't know if it's even worth exchanging the adapter or MBPro given how persistent these problems seem to be based on what I've read here and in various forums. I'm hoping there's a software fix in the works and it's not a hardware issue. I love Apple products and have been a customer for 15 years, but this is extremely frustrating.

    67 of 69 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Works Perfectly! Awesome Display on my 30" HP LP3065

    This Dual-Link DVI adapter works perfectly -- provided you supply it with adequate power (1A) via the usb plug on this adapter's cable. To ensure adequate power, you are seriously encouraged to buy the Apple USB Power Adapter ($29) with this (it should really be included in the box with this adapter :-( ). Yes, it is an additional $29, but you won't be disappointed with the results!

    The other reviewers had bad experiences because their Macs did not supply enough power to this adapter via their native/built-in USB ports. Bypass those issues and buy the correct power adapter and enjoy Dual-Link DVI excellence at 2560x1600!

    70 of 80 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    At least it doesn't catch fire

    Unfortunately I ignored all the reviews and gave apple the benefit of the doubt. I get the distorted unreadable picture about 20-25 times a day and have to press option > command > eject to put the display to sleep. When I wake it up, it is fine again.

    I will probably retire my new macbook and fire up the old and rusty but trusty HP desktop. It's faster anyway.

    Do buy this product until Apple can recognize (let alone fix) the issue.

    59 of 64 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    APPLE please fix this defective product- it's an embarrassment to Apple!

    I bought two of these (one for home and one for the office). The office unit drives a Apple 30" cinema display. The home unit drive a 30" Dell monitor. The computer in both cases is a new, current-generation (as of May 2009) 17" MacBook Pro.

    Like everyone in the world, I have experienced the same unacceptable problems. On the Apple: all black or dark-colored areas of the screen have rapidly changing horizontal lines of noise. Changing graphics preferences from normal to high performance does not fix the problem. Sleeping and waking the computer does not fix the problem. Changing or replugging the mini DVI or its USB cable does not fix the problem. Giving up on Apple and getting a PC would probably fix the problem.

    On the Dell, the same problems exist plus the interlace problem in which every other line is shifted, making it impossible to even read text.

    I even swapped the home and office units and I get the same results as detailed above. Apple-- it's an embarrassment to the company that you continue to sell this product (and at $100 a pop!) and have not acknowledged the problem officially. Please issue a fix or replacement program-- your loyal customers deserve better.

    59 of 65 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Expensive & Made my 30" Cinema Display unstable

    For the price I would expect good quality, but no. The screen flickers and render my cinema display unusable when the 30: display is already very unreliable.

    I just have to deal with the flickering forever.

    47 of 48 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Fundamentally Flawed Product

    I'd actually give it zero stars since the product fails at the one thing it's supposed to do -- the short is that all current macs, except for the mac pro, do not really support DVI based 30" displays, and the mac pro only supports one, contrary to product documentation. As Apple has yet to update their 30" display to native display port, this does include their 30" cinema display as of this writing.

    The long of it is that it appears that adapter is intolerant of its power source. The above makes the decision to use USB power instead of having a proper adapter a very BAD decision (not sure why they didn't just make a power adapter -- it's not like you are going to tote a 30" display around like a laptop). The result is that you get snow artifacts on the screen, which range from annoying, to distracting, and into the downright not usable range depending on how good or bad your power source is. Either the team who QA'd this product, or the pointy haired dude who ignored them and let it out the door should be fired. Apple needs to recall these and replace them with, I don't know, maybe functioning adapters? A tip -- a real DC power source that provides the consistant power needed by the adapter instead of reliance on an USB bus would work better.

    PS: That said the best power source I've found thus far is an Apple iPhone charger -- I happened to have an extra and tried it as well as a few other USB powered devices. So far it's the most usable of the lot, tho I still get significant snow and flicker even with it.

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  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    REALLY BAD flicker

    There is a terrible flicker on black backgrounds (multiple people have commented on this). If you keep the monitor with only light colors, it won't make you wonder why you spent $1500 on a 30 inch cinema display. I use this product because no alternative exists. It is far below Apple's standards of product excellence, and I am not sure why they allow it to continue to live.

    Tsk, tsk, Apple. Bring this product up to your normally excellent standards!

    38 of 42 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Tried two units - still the same issues...

    Just got back from an Apple store with a replaced adapter, but the issues are the same.

    3 year ago I got 30" HP LP3065 and I was using it with a 2007 15" MBP - this worked just perfect. A year ago my girlfriend bough a 13" unibody macbook and I got a couple weeks ago a new 2010 13" MBP, which raised a need for a dual dvi adapter to use the 30" screen.

    Unfortunately quality of a picture, that one is getting on a screen now is really bad - just as an example: there is a significant flickering in areas, where active window drops shadows - both on vertical and horizontal edges. On pictures, where there should be a perfectly smooth gradients there is a flickering + color noise.

    I went to Apple shop and was successful with getting this adapter replaced. Unfortunately with a new one the problems are exactly the same. I also tried attaching to other new macbooks and the problem stays.

    It is a great pity, that a pro-users have a problems with a setup, that 3 years ago (with no adapter) worked just perfect. I hope Apple will be able to solve problems with the dual dvi adapter quickly, since current issues make work on 30" screen close to impossible.

    Really disappointing...

    34 of 35 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Fail: Cinema Display 30 and Macbook Pro

    Flicker (off/then back on) every 10 minutes or so. Once a week, the screen goes to static. This is neither a faulty monitor, nor a faulty MBP. Hook the Cinema Display 30 to an old MB with dual dvi out, works great.

    This adapter is a faulty product, and Apple should recall and replace it. Many have the same problem.

    I expect compatibility when I do pay the premium prices for all Apple products.

    Apple, are you listening, at all?

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  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    I HAD NO CHOICE

    I have been using my 30" ACD for over a year now with my 2 year old Macbook Pro. It had the DVI port so I was able to connect the monitor directly. I decided it was time to upgrade and I bought a new i7 17" Macbook Pro. Guess what? No DVI port. So I had to buy the Dual-Link DVI Adapter. They should have never taken the DVI port off of the Macbook Pro. So here I am stuck with either a double image (like that you see when looking at 3D without the glasses on) or blue/green/red interference lines.

    So I took the Macbook Pro, monitor and cable to the genius bar. Some genius. After trying 3 cables I was told that there was nothing he could do and that I should sell my monitor. THERE IS NOTHING WRONG WITH THE MONITOR!!!!!!! He told me I was taking up too much of his time as he was only allotted 15 minutes to work out the problems. He let me pick the best Adapter and sent me on my way.

    NOW WHAT??????

    I am calling Apple tomorrow . . . . .

    Until the next post :(

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  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Trouble, even with 30" APPLE Cinema Display

    I've read a lot of comments and reviews around the web about problems with this cable and 30" monitors. I've seen several suggestions with several people blaming the problem on 3rd party monitors. I've got a very new MacBook Pro, this cable and a 30" Apple Cinema Display. Mostly we get blackouts (i.e., the monitor goes black for 1-2 seconds) several times an hour. We have 3 setups like this in the office, we all have the same problem. We have tried swapping cables, monitors and computers and all exhibit the same problem.

    Very disappointing - $3,000 or more in Apple gear and they can't get it to work.

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  • 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

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Terrible Product

    We bought 6 of these for work to connect the new Mac Minis with our 30" Samsung displays. Many of them have problems, and need to be disconnected and reconnected several times an our. Apple should be ashamed to have it's name on this product. It is garbage!

    31 of 32 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Terrible

    Received with new Nehalem Mac Pro... fuzzes out about every 30 minutes when connected to Dell 30" monitor. Have to disconnect and reconnect the monitor to get it to come back.

    Apple: This MUST get fixed.

    32 of 34 people found this useful