Questions & Answers for Mini DisplayPort to Dual-Link DVI Adapter
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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 a Mini DisplayPort connector on a Dual-Link DVI to Mini DisplayPort adapter plug into a thunderbolt port on the new cylindrical Mac Pro and work?
I have two 30" Apple monitors that have DVI connectors. I want to buy a new MacPro, but use my two old 30" monitors. I'm trying to find a solution for this since the Mac Pro doesn't have DVI connections.Answer
Yes. That is how I use it: Mac Pro cylinder connected to the old 30" 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
- Flag as inappropriate Answer (Does the Mini DisplayPort to Dual-Link DVI Adapter support an operating frequency of 120hz ?)
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 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 Terry T from Ingleside
- 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
- Flag as inappropriate Answer (Is there a way to connect two Mac's to one monitor?)
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 allow me to use my iMac 27" as an external display for my PC which requires dual-link DVI (NVidia GTX 280)?
- Asked by Jose D from Providence
- 12 7, 09
- Flag as inappropriate (Will this allow me to use my iMac 27" as an external display for my PC which requires dual-link DVI (NVidia GTX 280)?)
According to Apple Support who I spoke to last night, the answer is no. This adapter is meant for DVI outplut to a monitor and can't be used for connecting a computer with DVI to the iMac with mini displayport. They are depending on 3rd party vendors to provide adapters allowing non-Macs to use the iMac as a display.
- Answered by Jose D from Providence
- 12 8, 09
- Flag as inappropriate Answer (Will this allow me to use my iMac 27" as an external display for my PC which requires dual-link DVI (NVidia GTX 280)?)
Do I need to take up one of my USB ports on my MBP when using this dual link mini-dvi cable?
I just upgraded my MBP to the latest model. It no longer has an input DVI port as the old one did. I also have a MAC 30" monitor. I am not sure if I need to take up one of the 2 USB ports for theDual-Link DVI adapter. I have the mini-dvi port plugged in, but am a bit stumped as if or why I would need to take up one USB ports.
- Asked by Gregory M from Raleigh
- 12 6, 09
- Flag as inappropriate (Do I need to take up one of my USB ports on my MBP when using this dual link mini-dvi cable?)
This adapter does need to be connected to a USB port for power in order to function. To alleviate the port blockage, it has a USB repeated built into the unit itself. However, there have been many people experiencing screen flickering and distortion due to the USB ports on laptops providing insufficient power. The solution is to plug the USB cable powering the dongle into a powered hub or AC iphone/ipod charger.
- Answered by John G from Madison
- 01 12, 10
- Flag as inappropriate Answer (Do I need to take up one of my USB ports on my MBP when using this dual link mini-dvi cable?)
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
- Flag as inappropriate (does mini work with dell monitor)
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
- Flag as inappropriate Answer (does mini work with dell monitor)
Can I connect Mac mini to dual led TVs as monitors using HDMI
I have just ordered a new Mac mini as part of my refurbishing of my home audio recording studio. I am hoping to run dual monitors so in logic I can have the arrange window on one screen and the mixer on another screen and was hoping to do this most cost effectively by buying a couple of full HD LED 24" TVs and connecting somehow via HDMI. Is this possible and if so what do I need to make it happen?
- Asked by Daniel M
- 01 10, 16
- Flag as inappropriate (Can I connect Mac mini to dual led TVs as monitors using HDMI)
I need what's on my Macbook pro screen to be playing over multiple televisions, How can I make this happen?
I'm a dj and run a program called serato which plays videos. I know this is possible because I see it places all the time. How can I make it happen? Is there an adapter to go with multiple outputs, such as RCA, and s-video?
- Asked by Dennis F from Columbia
- 04 23, 10
- Flag as inappropriate (I need what's on my Macbook pro screen to be playing over multiple televisions, How can I make this happen?)
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"?)
How can i add three monitors to my iMac?
My brother gave me two of his monitors and I already have extra monitor that i use with my imac. I dont want to sell the extra 2 monitors i got. How can i connect the extra 2 monitors to my imac?
- Asked by Michael M from Colorado Springs
- 03 18, 15
- Flag as inappropriate (How can i add three monitors to my iMac?)
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.)
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