Questions & Answers for Mini DisplayPort to Dual-Link DVI Adapter
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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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does mini work with dell monitor
i just decided to purchase a mac mini and I'm waiting for it to arrive - but now I'm panicking because my current Dell monitor may not be compatible. Is this possible? Can I connect my new mac mini to an older Dell monitor?
- Asked by Richard C from Chalfont
- 08 6, 10
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As long as it uses standard DVI or VGA inputs you should be able to do it. Depending on the model you might need an adapter or dongle.
- Answered by Cyrus A from Santa Fe
- 01 9, 11
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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
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Better to use this or a Mini DisplayPort to DisplayPort adaptor?
I have a Dell U2711 with both DVI-D and DisplayPort inputs at 2560x1440. I have been using this DVI-D adaptor for about a month with a new Mac Mini. Works OK except that when the Mac Mini wakes up from sleep, sometimes the monitor has video snow and I have to power cycle it. (Yes, I am running 1.03 firmware).
There is a well-reviewed Mini DisplayPort to DisplayPort adaptor made by Altaz, on Amazon. Normally I would have bought this in the first place, but I was worried that it was not sold by the Apple Store. It's much cheaper with much better reviews than this product.
So should I try the Altaz adaptor? Is it better to go with Mini Display Port to DisplayPort rather than Mini DisplayPort to DVI-D? Is it a red flag that Apple does not sell a Mini Display Port to Display Port solution, but only the Mini Display Port to DVI-D product?
- Asked by Lewis S from Berkeley
- 09 22, 11
- Flag as inappropriate (Better to use this or a Mini DisplayPort to DisplayPort adaptor?)
Actually it turns out that the mini-display port to display port adaptor has reports of problems with the U2711, so I decided to stay with this mini-display port to dvi-d adaptor. I do get the snow on waking up from sleep a few times a week, I just turn the monitor off, then on and it goes away, so I lose about 20 seconds/week.
- Answered by Lewis S from Berkeley
- 10 24, 11
- Flag as inappropriate Answer (Better to use this or a Mini DisplayPort to DisplayPort adaptor?)
Can I use my old but fully working monitor (Cinema HD display c.2006) with a new laptop?
I would like to buy a new macbook but have an older monitor. Is there an adapter I can use to make this possible? Otherwise I have a redundant perfect monitor!!
Thank you, Kate
I have 2 iMacs and I would like to connect them both to an external monitor. Also be able to switch between the two. How can I do that?
I have a personal iMac and an iMac used strictly for work on loan from my employer. I have limited space in my office. I need a way to connect both of my iMacs preferably through dvi to 1 LCD monitor. I want to be able to use that LCD monitor as a second display on both iMacs with the ability to switch between computers. I've read that a KVM switch maybe what I'm looking for. However I've also read it described as a way to control 2 PC's with one keyboard and mouse, that is not what I'm looking for. Any help would be appreciated.
- Asked by Francisco R from Zephyrhills
- 05 11, 14
- Flag as inappropriate (I have 2 iMacs and I would like to connect them both to an external monitor. Also be able to switch between the two. How can I do that?)
Will this work with a new MacBook Air 11"?
I currently use this cable with my mid 2010 13" MBP but thinking about changing to a 11" Air. Would this cable work on my 30" LCD with 2560 x 1600 resolution? Also I notice the 11" Air only has a Thunderbolt and not a mini DVI as per my MBP, would I need an adaptor?
Thanks in advance,
- Asked by Benjamin D from East Cowes
- 10 14, 11
- Flag as inappropriate (Will this work with a new MacBook Air 11"?)
You need an Apple DVI to ADC adapter.
- Answered by John H from Yorba Linda
- 05 31, 12
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can I connect it to a 23" monitor instead of a 30"
- Asked by Shouyi H from North Rocks
- 01 22, 12
- Flag as inappropriate (can I connect it to a 23" monitor instead of a 30")
How do I hook up 2 30" cinema displays with the new Mac Pro 16 core? Can I use this cable for 1 and the Dual DVI out for the other?
- Asked by Robert K from Brooklyn
- 10 17, 10
- Flag as inappropriate (How do I hook up 2 30" cinema displays with the new Mac Pro 16 core? Can I use this cable for 1 and the Dual DVI out for the other?)
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Can it connect to the hd tv for a bigger view?
Like when I want to watch a movie can I connect the dvi to the tv so I can see it in a bigger screen?
- Asked by Maria M from Denver
- 08 5, 12
- Flag as inappropriate (Can it connect to the hd tv for a bigger view?)
Can I use this cable to connect a 30" cinema display to my 15" MacBook Pro with a Thunderbolt storage device in the daisy chain?
I have a 15" MacBook Pro. I'm currently using this cable to connect a 30" cinema display at full resolution to my Thunderbolt port and a USB port. I want to add a Thunderbolt storage solution. Is seems like I should be able to add a storage device, connect it directly to the MacBook Pro thunderbolt port with a thunderbolt cable, then connect the DVI adapter to the thunderbolt storage device at the end of the daisy chain (as long as the USB port connects back to the MacBook Pro). Anyone know if this will work? Will I lose resolution? I/O performance?
- Asked by George M from Phoenix
- 10 10, 11
- Flag as inappropriate (Can I use this cable to connect a 30" cinema display to my 15" MacBook Pro with a Thunderbolt storage device in the daisy chain?)
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Does this device support the HDCP requirement of the HD video? If so, is there a special set of instructions for Thunderbolt port users?
- Asked by Daniel B from Ridgecrest
- 06 10, 12
- Flag as inappropriate (Does this device support the HDCP requirement of the HD video? If so, is there a special set of instructions for Thunderbolt port users?)
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