Questions & Answers for Mini DisplayPort to Dual-Link DVI Adapter
181 Questions from the Community
can i matrix 2 video inputs simultaneously on the same screen
- Asked by Lee O from La Canada Flintridge
- 01 14, 10
- Flag as inappropriate (can i matrix 2 video inputs simultaneously on the same screen)
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 connect Lenovo laptop (with VGA port) to an '08 Macbook (not pro) that only has USB ports to get extended screens?
- Asked by Melanie K from Aurora
- 06 20, 14
- Flag as inappropriate (Can I connect Lenovo laptop (with VGA port) to an '08 Macbook (not pro) that only has USB ports to get extended screens?)
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)?)
Will this item allow me to connect a 2nd 30' Apple display to a MacPro 5.1 & Radeon 5770 using the mini display port ?
The fist 30' ACD is connected to the DVI port and is working fine.
The second would be connected to the mini display-port (the card has 2) using this adapter.
Anybody having this setup ?
- Asked by Mircea N from Pierrefonds
- 09 18, 14
- Flag as inappropriate (Will this item allow me to connect a 2nd 30' Apple display to a MacPro 5.1 & Radeon 5770 using the mini display port ?)
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?)
It depends on the input of the monitors. DVI or VGA.
You can get a third-party DVI to HDMI adapter, but Apple doesn't have one.
So then you could use DVI cables, VGA cables or HDMI cables.
Now, if you have a Mac Pro you are in luck, because you can install a second video card... if you have a MacBOOK Pro, you are screwed, as you can only drive ONE external monitor.
If you are considering a USB video adapter, don't as moving images are terrible over USB.
- Answered by Tony L from Fredericton
- 01 13, 10
- Flag as inappropriate Answer (what cable do I need to connect two 27" moniotrs to a new Mac Pro?)
I thought the regular Mini DisplayPort to DVI wasn't supposed to work for connecting my 30" Cinema Screen to my plain MacBook, but it seems to.
Except that the max resolution of the MacBook is weak. The Dual Link can't help with the res issue, can it?
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You do not need this adaptor to connect your Viewsonic monitor. This adaptor is just for "dual link" high resolution monitors, such as the Apple 30" Cinema Display. For your monitor, you can use the standard Mini DisplayPort to DVI Adapter ($29).
- Answered by Jason G from Big Oak Flat
- 12 13, 12
- Flag as inappropriate Answer (Can i connect a mac book pro retina display to a viewsonic 22" VG2239m-LED with this cable)
MiniDisplayPort to DVI Dual-link + Dual-link splitter?
Currently I have two DVI monitors (Dell 19", 1600x1200 each) connected to a dual link splitter on my desktop PC. I want to replace the PC with my MBP (2011) and drive both monitors as my primary desktop. Will the MBP see the splitter as two monitors the way the PC does? Or will it see them as a single larger screen? I'm concerned that it will see the monitors as a single screen and then my dock will end up split across the two.
- Asked by Brandon F from San Jose
- 08 27, 11
- Flag as inappropriate (MiniDisplayPort to DVI Dual-link + Dual-link splitter?)
How do I connect two apple 30" LED cinema displays to a 27" iMac?
I currently have one cinema display connected to my imac through the cable it came with and would like to connect another identical apple cinema display in addition to it. Which cable would I need for this?
- Asked by Christopher B
- 08 21, 11
- Flag as inappropriate (How do I connect two apple 30" LED cinema displays to a 27" iMac?)
Is there a Mini Display Extension?
- Asked by Mark L from Montreal
- 08 15, 12
- Flag as inappropriate (Is there a Mini Display Extension?)