Questions & Answers for Mini DisplayPort to Dual-Link DVI Adapter
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Is this DMS59 - i.e. can I just plug in a Y split cable to get two independent DVI outputs
I Guess the two outputs would have to run the same resolution
How can I connect 2 external displays to macbook air. I can connect 1 via the thunderbolt but need similar arrangements for the 2nd.
My external display is HP Elite Display E231 and has VGA, DVI and HDMI ports
- Asked by Rajendran M from Puchong
- 05 24, 17
- Flag as inappropriate (How can I connect 2 external displays to macbook air. I can connect 1 via the thunderbolt but need similar arrangements for the 2nd.)
You can only hook up one display on MacBook Airs. Alternatively, you can get third party USB graphics card that will support a second display, but you will run into issues. MacBook Pros (13 and 15) support 2 or more displays.
- Answered by Tony O from Austin
- 07 26, 17
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how do i connect an apple cinema 30" to my iMac 5k 27"
- Asked by Brock H from Woodland
- 02 20, 18
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How can I use the Mac Mini with two monitors?
- Asked by Gustavo & Ceci R from Mississauga
- 10 16, 09
- Flag as inappropriate (How can I use the Mac Mini with two monitors?)
I do not own a mac mini but I have seen this done many times in retail stores that want to show off the versatility of such a small desktop. The mac mini has two video outputs: a mini-display port and a mini-DVI port. The mini-display port is the same one you find on the current generation macbook, macbook pros (as well as the Mac Pro) and the Mini-DVI is the same as the on the old black/white macbook. I do not know why apple decided to go with two different adapter types but it works just the same as you will need two separate adapters to use two displays anyway. From there, you just buy two "dongles" (display adapters) which hook up to your respective screen input jacks (VGA or DVI) and you're set!
- Answered by Ben S from Golden
- 10 27, 09
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can i connect macbook pro to two monitors
display on macbook pro
- Asked by Greg B
- 01 27, 11
- Flag as inappropriate (can i connect macbook pro to two monitors)
If you have a MacBook Pro with Retina display you can use the HDMI cable or the Mini Displayport to connect one monitor and use the Thunderbolt to VGHA connector to connect a second monitor. This setup allows you to mirror three screens OR use them all independently (you will get higher res if you use the DisplayPort connector to connect to a high-def monitor).
- Answered by Nigel F from Duxbury
- 02 21, 13
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can i connect a macbook pro 2011 to two dell monitors using a docking station and thunder bolt adapter?
I have a macbook pro 2011 that I am trying to connect to two dell monitors. I am using a docking a station as well. Currently I have both monitors connect to the docking station that supports both mac and windows, the usb ss from the docking station to my thunderbolt adapter to thunderbolt port on my macbook. When everything is plugged in the screens say to press any key or move the mouse to get the display to work. When doing so neither monitors work. Please help. Thanks.
- Asked by Scott C from Tempe
- 12 10, 17
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Can I connect a mac air with an extra monitor as well as ethernet ?
I bought one thunderbolt to Gigabit Ethernet adapter and one Mini Display Port to DVI adapter. But there is only one thunderbolt on Mac Air. How can I connect an extra monitor as well as Ethernet?
- Asked by Tsz Yu O
- 12 31, 14
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USB to Ethernet adapter is my cheaper solution than a Thuderbolt dock.
- Answered by Stasa M from Bloomington
- 03 18, 15
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Will this enable a 144Hz refresh rate on a monitor?
I am looking to by an Asus monitor model number VG248QE. It is a 144Hz monitor and would like to know if a MacBook Pro late 2010 will be able to support it.
- Asked by Tyler L from Dundalk
- 07 4, 13
- Flag as inappropriate (Will this enable a 144Hz refresh rate on a monitor?)
This adapter only supports 270MHz pixel clock as far as I have been able to work out. I have managed to get a 120Hz (1920x1080) signal out of it but wouldn´t imagine that you could achieve 144Hz. I would use a mini displayport to displayport cable instead since the monitor has displayport input.
- Answered by Espen B from Point Frederick
- 07 5, 13
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Is there a way to connect two Mac's to one monitor?
I have a Mac Mini server and a 17" MacBook Pro and would like to connect both to my 24" Mac Display. Both have the mini display port. Is there a switcher available to do this?
- Asked by Anonymous A from Xxxxxxxxx
- 12 26, 09
- Flag as inappropriate (Is there a way to connect two Mac's to one monitor?)
Yes, a KVM switch allows you to use the same keyboard, mouse and monitor for multiple computers. I have used the 4way IOGEAR KVM for years, and it's great (looks like a thinner mac mini) for my Mac Mini, MacBook Pro and Dell Latitude and switch between. When I want to watch CSI on the MacMini and also work on the Dell, I use Remote Desktop to put the dell screen on part of my 24" Acer monitor, same for the MBP, using CVNC (Chicken of the VNC). Bang, there, you go! Note - You may only have two now - but get the 4 way, in case you have a "visitor" or want to add another.
BTW: my gear= IOGEAR 4 way KVM GCS634U, Apple kbd, Acer 24" monitor, Logitech two button scroll mouse. The Mac Mini and the Dell do a great job of auto recognising the kvm monitor. The MacBook Pro does not, and needs to have a prefs visit to "detect displays" on every boot.
Hope this helps -
- Answered by John G from Richmond
- 12 27, 09
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How do I connect macbook or a macbook pro to 2 external monitors?
- Asked by Kevin W from Powell
- 11 26, 09
- Flag as inappropriate (How do I connect macbook or a macbook pro to 2 external monitors?)
You need another piece of hardware, which falls into one of two major categories:
1) A Matrox Dualhead2go is a device that "tricks" your laptop into thinking that the two displays are a single display. Due to this trick, it has some limitations, but provides good graphics performance. The device costs between $100-200.
2) A USB graphics card, such as the EVGA UV Plus+, which run about $60. These devices give you another display without tricking your computer, but do not offer the same level of graphics performance that the Matrox does. These are great for looking at big spreadsheets/documents, but not great for movies or games.
- Answered by John G from Madison
- 01 12, 10
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Will the Mini DisplayPort to Dual-Link DVI Adapter work with an Xserve (Early 2009) and a 30" Apple Cinema Display?
If it does work, does it do so at full resolution of the display?
- Asked by Charles L from Canton
- 08 14, 13
- Flag as inappropriate (Will the Mini DisplayPort to Dual-Link DVI Adapter work with an Xserve (Early 2009) and a 30" Apple Cinema Display?)
Does the Mini DisplayPort to Dual-Link DVI Adapter support an operating frequency of 120hz ?
I would like to use my MacBook Pro with a 120 Hz monitor (24'') and the classical Mini DisplayPort to DVI don't allow me to get this frequency.Best Answer:
Short answer, yes! Make sure that the adapter is a powered adapter (via AC adapter or USB connection). This extra power is required in order to properly amplify the video signal at 120Hz. Another advantage of this adapter is that it also allows for playing games in 3D @ 60Hz (in actuality it is sending two 60Hz video signals simultaneouslly in order for the 3D effect to take place). The main thing to remember is that in order to be able to use either the 120Hz 2D signal or 60Hz 3D signal is that the monitor itself has to be able to support those refresh rates. My understanding is that none of the Apple iMacs or stand alone monitors support the 120Hz refresh rate for digital type signals (DVI, Displayport, etc). And no, HDMI 1.4a only supports 60Hz 2D and 24Hz 3D, but does NOT support 120Hz 2D or 60Hz 3D. I own an Alienware M18X laptop that is equipped with a mini-displayport and used a Live mini-displayport to Dual-Link DVI adapter to output a 120Hz signal to my Alienware AW2310 120Hz 3D monitor and it worked perfectly! I was able to play games @ 120Hz in 2D and @ 60Hz in 3D mode. I hope this information that I have provided helps you with your efforts.
- Answered by Daniel K from Colorado Springs
- 12 17, 11
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Can this adapter be used with the late 2016 MacBook Pro?
In order to connect the DisplayPort connector to the 2016 MacBook Pro with Thunderbolt 3 ports, it seems that a TB 3 -> TB 2 adapter is required. But from that adapters support page, it does not appear to work. Can Apple verify our Cinema Displays cannot be used with the newest late 2016 MacBook Pro?
For Mac models with Thunderbolt 3, you can use a use a Thunderbolt 3 (USB-C) to Thunderbolt 2 Adapter to connect to Thunderbolt devices like displays and external disks.
Note that although it uses a Mini DisplayPort connector, the Thunderbolt 3 (USB-C) to Thunderbolt 2 Adapter doesn't support connections to Mini DisplayPort displays. Also, this adapter supports only one powered Thunderbolt 2 device on a USB-C equipped Mac."
- Asked by Paul J from Boulder
- 10 31, 16
- Flag as inappropriate (Can this adapter be used with the late 2016 MacBook Pro?)
Cable to connect macbook to stereo
I would like to connect my mac book to my hi-fi/stereo so that i can play i-tunes through the hi-fi/stereo speakers.
On my stereo i have a digital optical in or phone -in
- Asked by Anonymous A from Xxxxxx
- 10 1, 09
- Flag as inappropriate (Cable to connect macbook to stereo)
If you have a decent stereo receiver, and considering that you have digital optical input, you do, the digital input will give you the best quality. You will need to buy a toslink to mini cable. A quick search for toslink to mini toslink will find you one.
Both the headphone jack on your macbook and the line out on an airport express double as digital optical outputs. If you have your computer set up next to the stereo you can just plug it in from the headphone jack to your digital optical input. Otherwise, if you want a wireless connection, you can buy an airport express, which basically sets itself up for mac, either as a new wireless network or an access point on an existing network. You can plug this unit in next to your stereo and run the toslink cable from the output of the airport express to your digital optical input.
Please don't connect anything to your phono input other than a record player. If you do, you risk damage to your system.
- Answered by Joseph A from Fort Collins
- 10 20, 09
- Flag as inappropriate Answer (Cable to connect macbook to stereo)
Whenever I ask for information for a mini-dvi to dual-link dvi adapter, I only get information for the Mini DisplayPort to Dual-link DVI adapter.
I need to adapt my 2007 IMac with a mini-dvi port to a dual-link dvi cable. Is this not available for this port?
- Asked by Charles J from Nacogdoches
- 03 27, 15
- Flag as inappropriate (Whenever I ask for information for a mini-dvi to dual-link dvi adapter, I only get information for the Mini DisplayPort to Dual-link DVI adapter.)
Mini-DVI is single-link and does not support dual-link connections and hence cannot support resolutions higher than 1920×1200 60 Hz (165 MHz pixel clock).
There are some PC's with single-link DVI connectors which actually support higher than 165 MHz clocks (up to 340 MHz) because they are actually HDMI 1.4. In that case, it's possible to use adapters to convert to Dual Link:
1) Single Link DVI to HDMI 1.4
2) HDMI 1.4 to DisplayPort
3) DisplayPort to Dual Link DVI
I don't know if you can overclock the iMac mini DVI port beyond the standard Single Link speed (165 MHz) (it might require a modification to the graphics drivers). Even if you could, all those adapters may cause issues with the signal. I have found that Linux (Ubuntu) supports that chain of adapters better than macOS.
- Answered by Joseph V from Fort Langley
- 08 8, 17
- Flag as inappropriate Answer (Whenever I ask for information for a mini-dvi to dual-link dvi adapter, I only get information for the Mini DisplayPort to Dual-link DVI adapter.)
stylus is not recognized by Wacom cintiq, it has worked for 5 years until now :| does it have anything to do with the Mini display port to dual-link?
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Will this adapter allow me to use my NEC display's DVI dual link cable with my new 2017 MacBook Pro which as you know has four USB-C ports?
- Asked by Susan O from Alexandria
- 04 7, 17
- Flag as inappropriate (Will this adapter allow me to use my NEC display's DVI dual link cable with my new 2017 MacBook Pro which as you know has four USB-C ports?)
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The 30" Apple Cinema Display has four cables that come out the back 1) Dual-Link DVI, 2) USB 2, 3) Firewire 400, and 4) power. I believe the adapter's USB port was put there to allow the adapter to supply power to the 30" ACD two USB ports. So although the adapter is suitable for any Dual-Link DVI monitor, Apple certainly wanted it to work with it's own monitor.
Interestingly, the adapter does not have a socket for Firewire 400 so, the Firewire 400 cable from the monitor goes unused and thus the two Firewire 400 ports on the back of the monitor no longer function.
- Answered by Barry B from Placentia
- 06 27, 16
- Flag as inappropriate Answer (What's the point of the USB port on this adapter? Is it just an extension to plug things into?)
Is it possible to link 2 extra monitors to my macbook pro? One monitor is VGA and the other is DVI and I would like to connect them both.
I bought a splitter cable that splits the dvi signal into two outputs -one VGA and one DVI output but only one of the connected monitors pick up the signal when they are both plugged in, the other one says no signal and then goes to sleep.Best Answer:
to connect two displays to your macbook pro you'll need something like a matrox dualhead2go (google it). be careful which one you get, if you have the macbook pro with a dvi out then you'll need the Digital Edition, if you have a the model with the mini displayport you'll need the DP edition. cablewise for the DP edition you'll need a mini displayport to displayport, and two displayport to [your monitor's connection]. the digital edition has a dvi input and 2x dvi outputs.
- Answered by Michael N from Norman
- 11 21, 09
- Flag as inappropriate Answer (Is it possible to link 2 extra monitors to my macbook pro? One monitor is VGA and the other is DVI and I would like to connect them both.)