• 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Flickering and noise with 30" Apple Cinema Display

    Like many other users, I too am experiencing consistent flickering and bands of video noise on any portion of the monitor that is being rendered as black when I use this cable. Now that I purchased a 2010 i7 MBP, I HAVE to use this cable and it's driving me crazy! My old 2007 MBP with a straight DVI connector worked great with this monitor. This is totally unacceptable for an apple product connecting two other apple products together!

    23 of 23 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    i use this thing on every monitor in my house and its great

    I use this Cable to plug in to my hp display my pioneer tv,s and my friends pc monitors and it has always worked great with no static issues or greyed areas and it always wakes from sleep only good things to say about it i even like that it makes the usb easier to access i would recommend this product to anyone looking to plug there mac in to any hd monitor or tv and i use the 17 inch macbook pro unibody 2.93ghz cor 2 duo

    8 of 10 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Static or "snow" in black areas

    Still have static or snow on black areas of screen between 30 inch apple display and i7 macbook pro. unplugging the dvi adapter doesn't help. SO ANNOYING. Apple please fix this there are problems like this all over the internet.

    20 of 20 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Works perfectly on iMac for displaying 30 inch apple cinema HD display

    Plugged it in to my iMac 2.8 GHz Intel Core i7 and connected it to my 30 inch apple cinema HD display and it works beautifully. I get a crisp 2560x1600 resolution image.

    No problems whatsoever.

    I'm running 10.6.3.

    7 of 8 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    burned my laptop out

    I just got a new macbook pro 13". After plugging the monitor in, it would flicker and become grainy periodically. Eventually it became grainy to the point where it stopped fixing itself. The next day when I turned the laptop on the graphics were all sorts of messed up and I had to return the laptop.

    Figuring it was a hardware specific problem, I hooked my new one back up and it is doing similar things with less frequency. I hope it doesnt bust it AGAIN.

    12 of 12 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Overpriced, early version extremely buggy, takes up a USB Port

    IMPORTANT: Adapters with 1.01 Firmware are extremely unreliable and buggy (Random static/pixel distortion until adapter is reset). Negative reviews here are from adapters with 1.01. So make sure you buy an adapter with 1.03 firmware+.

    I'm amazed Apple hasn't issued an official recall for these. If you contact support (or go to an Apple Store) and have 1.01 Firmware, they will replace your adapter...so obviously they are aware of the problem.


    Pros:
    *Use 30" monitors with dual-link dvi


    Cons:
    *$100 for an Adapter. As an Apple customer I'm used to paying a premium..but $100? For an adapter? That's just blatant price gouging.. it's disgusting.
    *Early versions with 1.01 firmware are extremely buggy, ALL are affected.
    *It needs to take up a USB Port, it has a usb port built in to make up for it but some devices need to be plugged in directly to a laptop.
    *The Adapter is kind of big


    Apple..give up on this stupid MiniDisplay port. I mean why? Replace the Firewire port and MiniDisplay port with HDMI. Enough with the proprietary stuff that requires us to buy $100 adapters.

    31 of 32 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    1.01, 1.02 all bad. Went through 5 of them all cause distortion eventually.

    All failed eventually even with external USB charger (Apple as well). They work for a while, then after 2-3 days it starts with flicker, then garbled screen out of sleep, then screen goes garbled even in the middle of the work. Feels like something burns out in these adapters. I have not tried 1.03, was not sure they even did 1.03 but doubtful that it will solve it. Seems hardware related.

    14 of 14 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Dell 30" Monitor + Mac Mini

    Last week, I bought a new mac mini & connected it to my 30" Dell monitor (3007WFP). Unfortunately, the resolution was apparently waaaay off and was stuck at 1280x800, TERRIBLE..! Later that night, I learned about this cable but noticed that everyone complained about it. No kidding, about 2 hours ago, I bought the cable, connected it and Bingo..! It works..! You have to connect the mini DVI to the Mac Mini AND connect the USB as well to the mac mini (which I think is what some are missing) but I won't lie... when I FIRST connected it, there were weird horizontal lines everyone mentioned. All I did was disconnect it from the Mac mini, reconnected and it was all good, one shot which was my fault too since I didn't push the mini-dvi all the way in the back of the mini. The ONLY minor issue is that it was $100 for the cable but whatever. I'm just happy that I have 2048x1280 on this thing. :) If you have a Dell 22", 24" or 30" monitor (the old ones too) this cable will connect. It's fine. Hope this helps..!!

    11 of 14 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Doesn't work

    Plugged it in properly installed latest updates and this device doesn't work. My computer is also brand new. I bought two 30 inch displays with the screaming HD ATI graphics card, I was pretty excited to utilize two 30 inchers. But when I plugged in the 2nd monitor, the monitor never wakes from sleep mode. I even swapped monitors to see if I had a bad 2nd monitor. That wasn't the issue. I called Apple Support and they couldn't figure anything out. In fact, there was no technical notes for them on this device so they were in the dark. Also, there are no instructions when you receive this device. Just a warranty. For a while I just didn't know how to hook it up! I I'm actually going to return this device and the 2nd monitor and not bother with a dual set up... I don't have time for all this trouble shooting. I just want to buy it and have it work. Apple stuff is already commanding a high price and especially one that is not based on intrinsic worth it's beyond a prospective buyer's means most of the time ... so if it's pricey then it should work right? Come on get with it Apple! Don't be like GM!

    23 of 24 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Beware!!!

    I bought this to run my Dell 30" monitor from a brand new mac mini. I run the monitor at the full 2560x1600 resolution and need to plug the USB into an external power source through my iPhone charger. In short, the cable works perfectly about half of the time, and the other half of the time it is either:
    1) completely unusable, blurry across the entire screen or
    2) usable, but with flickering lines in the very dark areas of the screen.

    To fix the problem, I can either put the mini to sleep and immediately wake it, pull the USB cable from the charger, or restart snow leopard. It stops working sporadically in the middle of things and is VERY annoying.

    Apple please fix this!!! My previous macbook pro with a normal dual-link dvi connection worked perfectly and it is completely unacceptable to spend $100 on a adapter that doesn't work 100% of the time!

    30 of 34 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    No Firewire connection

    Not a well considered product, as it only provides 2 of the required 3 connections between laptop and Cinema Display. There is no provision to connect the Firewire 400 cable from the Cinema Display to the Firewire 800 port on the laptop. Any Firewire devices that you have connected to the Firewire hub on the Cinema Display therefore will not be connected to the laptop.

    As this is an expensive Apple product intended to connect two other Apple products, it is not fit for purpose without the addition of a Firewire 400 to 800 adapter at more expense. Apple does not offer such an adapter in its store, so you will have to get a third party product.

    Surely Apple knows that the 30" cinema display uses Firewire 400, and that the new MacBook Pro for which this adapter is intended uses Firewire 800, and that they need to be connected. Apple prides itself on everything working right out of the box, but have failed in this case.

    12 of 20 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Needs fixing still

    I'm onto my 2nd adapter now and still getting issues with it. I have done the usual trick of plugging the USB into an iPhone wall charger. I am getting the horizontal flickers across black screens, strange distortion from sleep and occasionally it will flick on and off quickly. I am also on the latest firmware (1.02). If you are thinking about this adapter, I'd suggest waiting until it's all sorted out. Currently I wouldn't bother. From the information I've found on the internet, I gather it's an issue with software as the adapter works fine on bootcamp. Hopefully Apple are working on a software update to fix these issues.

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    What a Difference !

    I am using my old 30" Dell 3007WFP monitor to my new 15" MacBook Pro. I started with the Single-Link DVI adapter and was terribly distressed with what the monitor was doing. I began to research single verses dual link and decided to go ahead and try this adapter. It has turned this old 30" diaplay into a new monitor. I am running it at 2560x1600 with unbelievable crispness. I have had no problems with either the adapter or the monitor since plugging it up. I strongly recommend this for anyone with a large display!

    15 of 24 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Horizontal lines on black areas

    I have a mid-2009 MacBook Pro, 30" Cinema HD Display and adapter v.10.2, and suffer from the same errors on black areas as everybody else. The display is 4 years old and has worked perfectly until using this adapter.

    23 of 24 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    My worst Apple product ever

    The 30" Cinema Display shows static, is less sharp that the direct DVI used to
    be, and from time to time doesn't detect the proper resolution
    (messing up all window sizes and positions from sleep) -- for
    which the only solution is to go back to sleep, unplug it, re-plug
    and wake the MBP again. Even giving it its independent power through
    an USB hub doesn't help.

    I find it really disappointing that Apple won't find a solution for this,
    even after so many months.

    23 of 23 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Works perfectly with power

    This is a fantastic product. Ignore everybody who gives it 1 star and insists it doesn't work: They're using it wrong!

    Dual Link requires more power to transfer its data than the mini display port can provide. That's why this has a USB dongle: Plug it into a self powered USB hub, which will give the USB connection all the power that the monitor needs, and it works great! It makes more sense than requiring that the adapter also have a plug that goes into the wall.

    Using my Mac Mini with a Dell 3007WFP, running fast and fine at 2560x1600!

    26 of 30 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Works with DELL 3008WFP, but price is silly

    Plugged it in, selected correct source on DELL 3008WFP, worked first time and no problems yet. Not had any of the problems reported in other reviews.

    Price is steep (about £30 would have been reasonable, £69 is rip-off -- you can buy an iPod for less than that!) hence 4 stars.

    6 of 8 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    iScrewed again

    I bought these cables because I had to if I wanted my new Unibody MacPros to drive my great old 30" HD Cinema displays. Doesn't work work at all. (Hmm, maybe they want to force me to dump my perfectly good display and buy a new $3000 display. How green is that!) I buy tons of high end Mac equipment, at least they could provide some support on what is obviously a high end problem. When you guys screww up you do it well. Apple - Take your (eye)Fingers out of your (eye)Aces and give your core customers some decent support on this issue. And DO IT NOW! (Expletives and the letter (I) removed to appease the filters)

    33 of 37 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Terrible

    I am getting all of the same issues as the other commenters. My Dell 3007WFP which works fine with my old Macbook Pro is as good as unusable with my new MacBook Pro thanks to this adapter. Every 30 minutes or so the display gets these lines and the white static is nearly continual and especially noticeable when watching a video or editing text on a black background. None of the tricks suggested (such as using a USB hub) make a bit of difference and the Apple Store staff refuse to acknowledge the problem to the extent that I am considering hauling my 30 inch monitor into the store and showing them.

    23 of 23 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Terrible

    I purchased this cable to run my 30" screen from my new 27" iMac.

    As an 18 year user of Apple/Mac products this is by far the worst one I've ever purchased. The static lines in black areas of the screen on the 30" are annoying and distracting to say the least. If you have the time to disconnect and reconnect the cable and power on/off the monitor... yes, you will eventually get it to where it does go away. The question is... who has time for that?

    This has also been an issue for such a long time I'm floored that it has not been addressed! Can it really be that difficult? Why would you leave DVI connectors for this abomination? Looks like they really jumped the gun on the whole mini-disply port connection.

    24 of 27 people found this useful