Questions & Answers for Mini DisplayPort to Dual-Link DVI Adapter
181 Questions from the Community
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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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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How do I connect my Mac Mini to my Sony 1080P HD tv?
- Asked by Andy L from Richmond
- 11 24, 09
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My set up works flawlessly.
1. get a DVI to HDMI adapter ('chunky' plug - on end goes into the mac mini the other end creates the 'female' for the HDMI cable.
2. HDMI Cable.
that's it. just plug them in... tweak resolutions on tv and mac display to your liking. I tended to like the Overscan checked (system preferences/display/options)
- Answered by Gary W from Toronto
- 11 25, 09
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can i matrix 2 video inputs simultaneously on the same screen
- Asked by Lee O from La Canada Flintridge
- 01 14, 10
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Would this setup work? Mac Mini -> Mini DisplayPort to DVI Dual Link Adapter -> DVI Dual Link to HDMI Adapter -> HDMI Cable to 1080p TV? 2560x1600?
Would I be able to get the 2560x1600 resolution out of my Mac Mini if using the following series of adapters...
Mac Mini -> Mini DisplayPort to DVI Dual Link Adapter -> DVI Dual Link to HDMI Adapter -> HDMI Cable to 1080p TV?
Or would the HDMI adapter downscale the resolution?
I intend on using my 32" 1080p HDTV up close as a monitor, and therefore require a high resolution. Is this possible?
Help will be greatly appreciated.Best Answer:
You don't seem to understand the basic principles here. Your HDTV is 1920x1080 pixels resolution MAXIMUM. You cannot make that any higher, no matter how big the HDTV is (even a 70" screen), it's a physical number of pixels the manufacturer has made that screen to itself.
If you want a higher-than-HD resolution on a big screen you have to use a super-HD "extra high resolution" (hence generally more expensive than HDTV prices) monitor such as Apple's 30" or another brand such as Dell. These have 2560x1600 pixel resolutions, hence why they need this "Dual-Link" (ie. *special*) DVI adaptor to power those extra pixels that standard DVI cannot handle.
If you want to continue with the HDTV for a monitor (ie. 1920x1080 maximum resolution) you just need the standard connection cable (with an adaptor as needed: to DVI/VGA/HDMI on the back of the HDTV), not the Dual-Link one.
One other thing you can do is run TWO lower resolution screens (eg. 2x 1080 full HDTV's) that each run from the mini, to gain more resolution real estate (2x 1920x1080 = 3840x2160 over the two screens). One plugged into the Mini DVI port (with relevant adaptor to DVI or VGA or HDMI on first TV), another one into the Mini DisplayPort (with relevant adaptor to DVI or VGA or HDMI on second TV). Setting extended mode in your mini's System Pref's.
NB: some of those adaptors are made by Apple, some by third party.
Is this the same cord that comes with the new Cinema Display?
If not, then what is? I am interested in purchasing a MBP and would like to have a dual monitor system, but the price for the cinema display is hefty, and I don't have the room on my desk for it, so I will go with something a little smaller. I am wanting the know the best (and cheapest) way to connect a MBP to an off brand (HP) monitor.
I appreciate your help and am looking forward to dumping my PC. Thanks
- Asked by David L from Belton
- 05 18, 11
- Flag as inappropriate (Is this the same cord that comes with the new Cinema Display?)
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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Is this the only adapter that fits the mini display port on the second generation Macbook Pro?
I am trying to find an adapter so that I can use my computer wither with my tv or a second monitor. This is the only wire I can find that will fit the new mini display port. Is there one more similar to the cheaper adapter for the older macbooks or is this the only wire that will fit my mini display port?
- Asked by Michelle S from Tewksbury
- 02 22, 10
- Flag as inappropriate (Is this the only adapter that fits the mini display port on the second generation Macbook Pro?)
can I use/connect 1 of the 2 dvi connectors for a single display and get around to using the second dvi connector for second display later?
Will this work with my macbook?
I have a macbook (not a pro) and I wanted to know if this will work with it? I want to invest in a large monitor for editing my photos with, will this adapter do the job?
- Asked by Chelsea B from Rome
- 02 28, 12
- Flag as inappropriate (Will this work with my macbook?)