• 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Works perfectly with HP3065

    I've been using this cable with my new 15" MacBook Pro and an HP3065 30" display for a couple of months now with no problems whatsoever. Works perfectly.

    7 of 8 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Flickers with 30" Cinema Display

    I just went to the Apple store to swap out this cable due to flickering (the service there was great). Unfortunately, the swap didn't help. Unfortunately for me, this means I need to buy a new monitor if I want the flickering to stop. (From a troubleshooting standpoint, the monitor works fine with a direct DVI connection, and I've plugged 3 different laptops in with the same results, so I'm confident the issue is with the cable.)

    10 of 10 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Works perfectly

    Mine works perfect and have no problems with my Apple 30 inch display. Reading all the reviews almost kept me from purchasing this spectacular display as I am using it with a unibody Mac Book Pro 15 inch. Maybe the new firmware fixed the problems?

    11 of 13 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Lasted almost five months

    Worked fine with an HP LP3065 monitor, for a while. I was banging away at a document earlier this week and the screen went black. Thought I heard a very quiet 'pop' so I assumed it was the monitor. Not so. HP's trouble shooting revealed that it hadn't dropped dead. I connected the Mac to another monitor via another adapter. No problems there. Then I envisioned that call with Apple about this $99 adapter, then obviously the culprit. Is there another one you can try? Nope - this is the only $99 accessory that I have ever needed for connecting a computer to a peripheral device.

    I bought another one from Amazon. If you have a dual-link DVI monitor, you really don't have much choice but to shell out for this thing. Plugged it in (after checking one more time to see if the old one had fixed itself) and sure enough the replacement solved the problem. I called Apple then, and at least they are willing to ship a replacement, to arrive in 2-5 days. I guess I'll have a spare.

    Given the hassle I wish I'd sought an aftermarket mini-DVI compatible monitor (not that there are many of those). Apple really needs to examine its perspective on video ports. If the designers are going to demand an adapter, and Apple is going to charge a whopping premium for it, it should at least be a quality product.

    16 of 17 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    flicker and other issues

    I have a MBP w/NVIDIA GeForce 9400M/GT video cards connect with this adapter to an LG W3000H. The monitor flickers, and if I turn my monitor off, when I turn it back on, I see the image, but it's snowy (very hard to see). I have to unplug the mini displayport, wait a few seconds and plug it back in.

    From system profiler, it looks like I have version 1.01. I plan to go back to the apple store to try to get version 1.03 which folks in this forum suggest fixes many issues.

    Does anyone know if we order directly from apple, if it's possible to get fw v1.03?

    10 of 11 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Horrible

    Many issues with this adaptor. My 30 inch display works fine with my MacBook Pro and a WIndows 7 PC but with my Mac Mini (mid 2010) no go - constant flickers, blackouts and the display flashes a "video not supported" error. Lot's of turning off/on, disconnecting, etc.

    15 of 15 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    This product is junk -- is this a joke?

    I had to get this adapter when I went from my previous generation MacBook Pro 17" to a unibody 17" so that my Apple 30" display could display at native resolution (2560x1600).

    Sadly, whenever 1/3 or more of the display is dark to black, all kinds of horizontal interference lines randomly flash in those dark areas. If the screen is half or more black, this effect is unprofessional, highly distracting, and a constant reminder how much Apple really screwed this one up. It blows my mind how this product got out of QA and has been selling for well over a year now. Not only is this product unacceptably flawed, but so is the Apple department that oversees this product for letting it get though QA.

    I'm a hardware and software engineer (and an Apple developer to boot) so I think see what happened here. Apple built-in the display hardware (dual link DVI) in the previous MacBook Pro 17" (it did cost $3000, remember?), but they removed this support in the latest generation (likely to cut costs). The product is so flawed that I suspect there's something bigger going on behind the scenes for it to have made it past QA.

    26 of 26 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Lines in dark areas of screen on Apple 30" Cinema!

    I too have the adapter (V1.02) hooked between to my NEW Mac Mini and my 3 year old 30" Apple Cinema display and I am experiencing the same problems with the horizontal video static lines. Unacceptable when watching a video! I have reset everything per all the tech suggestions to no avail. I have searched for the new firmware V1.03 but have not found it anywhere on Apples site. Please post the firmware revision 1.03 Apple Tech Guys! If someone knows where to download the firmware update please post!

    15 of 16 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Hybrid rating: Replacing adapter fixed problem

    Rating is 5 stars for eventual performance, 1 star for putting many defective adapters on the market and making me (and many others posting comments here) deal with this. Average rating then = 3 stars.

    I have one of the original Apple 30" Cinema Displays which has worked flawlessly for over 5 years with multiple Macs. It has the original full size DVI connector on the end of the cable. When I recently upgraded from a 2006 MBPro to a 2010 MBPro I had to buy the dual link DVI mini displayport adapter to drive the 30" to full 2560x1600 resolution. The first adapter created the horizontal video lines on the 30". They would appear only in areas displaying dark colors. Apple Support (phone call) had me unplug EVERYTHING except for the monitor. They had me reset the PRAM (power-command-option-P-R for 2 sec) and then reset the SMC (shift-control-option-power) to no avail. So we made a Genius Bar appt and I took the adapter and my new MBPro back to the local Apple Store. We plugged my MBP and this adapter into one of their new 30" Cinema Display HD monitors in the store. Of course, everything worked perfectly.

    After some head scratching and no satisfactory explanation, they swapped out the adapter for a new one and sent me home to try out. If it still didn't work I was prepared to go back with adapter, MBPro, and my 30" monitor. Luckily, It worked fine when I hooked up everything at home. So take your adapter back if you see these horizontal video lines appear. It solved my video noise problem, it may solve yours.

    21 of 22 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    I had them all

    First one had firmware 1.01. It was horrible. Red-green-blue stripes flashed on black background sporadically, sometimes the image was broken. Replaced it with the new one with fw 1.02 installed.
    The second one was slightly better. Image did not broke anymore, but flickering and color stripes were there, not to mention "waves" on solid background. Switched it to the one with 1.03 firmware.
    Third one is good. No image distortion, no "waves", everything's perfect.

    After almost two years of production it finally became a quality product. Five stars from now on. Just make sure it's 1.03.

    Tested on 2008 MacBook Pro Unibody and Cinema HD 30".

    25 of 26 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Horrible, clunky LARGE piece of expensive hardware

    This is perhaps the worst computer product I have ever purchased. It is extremely large, takes two USB ports to run and although it provides an additional USB port it is too underpowered to even recognize, let alone mount an external drive. I now have a situation where I have to solve the USB port deficit because of this USB hungry device.
    The performance issues cited in other reviews are true with my experience also. I am running a 20" external Samsung display and have had repeated trouble getting it to mount the display, wake from sleep, etc.
    This product is a DOG. Do yourself a favor and look for a cheaper, more elegant solution. This product is a rip-off.

    18 of 26 people found this useful

  • 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.

    31 of 32 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Works perfectly with Cinema 30 display and Macbook Pro 15 Unibody late 2009

    Why do people increasingly buy Apple kit ?
    Because it just works out of the box.

    Given the negative reviews here I obtained a guarantee before purchase from my local Best Buy manager that it may prove to be a poor product and I would be able to get a refund should the adapter prove to be faulty.
    Took it home, got my Macbook Pro 15 unibody and Cinema 30 inch display whilst also connecting the USB lead and it works perfectly.
    The adapter, as it is listed in the System profile utility, lists the firmware as revision 1.03.
    Prior to this review I had to have a warranty replacement of my beautiful 30 inch display therefore it is a recently manufactured unit.
    No distortion, no fuss no muss.

    Great product, does what you expect - 'Just Works!'

    9 of 19 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Noise issues

    This adaptor has terrible noise issues in the blacks. The fact that Apple doesn't fix this or recalls the product leaves me totally baffled. A complete shamble.

    21 of 22 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Horrible

    I'm on my second one and it has the exact same problem as the first...horrible video-noise/bands visible on any area that is black on my 30" Cinema Display. I'm a huge Apple fan, but this thing is just bad.

    24 of 26 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Works great with Mac Mini (late 2009) and HP 3065

    I just plugged it in and it worked. Don't forget that you have to plug in the USB cable on the MAC side. If you don't, you will not get a display. Excellent picture. Excellent quality.

    Only wish there was a way to connect two 30" monitors to my Mac Mini.

    15 of 21 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Terrible Product

    this adapter is plagued with problems. screen flickering, resolution issues, firmware problems, etc. i've gone through 3 of them so far. problem is that i need them for my two 30" cinema displays. i figured apple would make a better product than this, but i was wrong. all in all, you have no choice but to buy one if this is the adapter you need. when you do, you might get lucky and have minimal issues, or like me, you'll wonder why apple even sells it.

    26 of 27 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Are you serious?

    Look... All you folks who buy this cable to work with non-Apple monitors. Maybe your monitor is the problem. Also, this cord really works best when used with a desktop and a real graphics card. I have a MacPro with Dual 30" Cinema Displays. Never had one seconds problem. I wouldn't use the 30 with a laptop anyway. Thats why you don't see any negative reviews with Desktops. Get a grip folks!!

    13 of 76 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

    Complete fail

    New macbook pro (core i7 2.66) + Mini Displayport to Dual Link DVI adapter, firmware v 1.02 + Apple Cinema 30" HD.

    It works intermittently, and seems to work longer when I plug in the displayport's usb directly to a iphone usb wall wart instead of the avail usb port on the macbook.

    Still, after a few hours it will turn off the cinema disp and will only come back at single link dvi resolutions. Unplugging, replugging, etc... as found in the tons of reviews on this product sometimes work, sometimes not.

    Pretty much worthless as it is more disruptive then useful.
    I am still pretty shocked that apple has not addressed this more publicly.

    31 of 33 people found this useful