Every Mac with a Mini DisplayPort allows you to connect an external display or projector using an adapter. You can use an external display as your main workspace or to extend your desktop, or you can work in mirrored mode with a projector so you can view what your audience sees.
Use the Mini DisplayPort to Dual-Link DVI Adapter to connect your Mac to a 30-inch display that includes a DVI connector, such as the 30-inch Apple Cinema Display HD, and enjoy the ultimate widescreen canvas with a resolution of 2560 by 1600 pixels.
- Mini DisplayPort
- Dual-Link DVI
- Mac OS X v.10.5.6 or later
- Compatible with Mac computers with Mini DisplayPort and Thunderbolt ports
- Mini DisplayPort
Ratings & Reviews
Flicker, sporadic issues...
First, when I plugged it into my brand new 2008 Macbook Pro I got a message saying that the USB device drew too Major issues...
First, when I plugged it into my brand new 2008 Macbook Pro I got a message saying that the USB device drew too much power! I did manage to make it work by plugging it into my monitor's USB hub, but wow...
Secondly, there is a slight flicker. You can see it clearly with certain kinds of backgrounds and fill patterns. It almost looks like the kind of noise you get with analog, except it's DVI. It's not a severe problem, but *any* flicker with DVI is ridiculous.
Finally, sometimes it just fails. The screen will go all weird, and you have to reset it. Again, it looks like an analog failure mode except it's not...
I'm going to wait a bit and then trying exchanging my adaptor at the Apple store. Maybe there are issues with the first-run units.
Apple really botched this one. Dongles are bad enough, but overpriced broken ones... come on guys...
- Written by Adam I from BOSTON
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I had to plug and unplug my monitor several times before it worked and even now the monitor won't wake up from sleep! Sometimes wh I had to plug and unplug my monitor several times before it worked and even now the monitor won't wake up from sleep! Sometimes when it does come up it flickers and has jaggies. I have to unplug the DVI and plug it back in to get it to stop. I never had any issues at all with this monitor on my old MBP. The size of this thing it HUGE, I can't believe they couldn't make it smaller. Literally about 3x4 inches! Feels like they released a poor product AND they did it LATE! …
- Written by Anthony P from Phoenix
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Doesn't Work with Gateway 30" Extreme Monitor
Plug this new cable into my new macbook pro and 30" Gateway monitor and monitor is not seeing apple cable as a dual dvi cable. Was Plug this new cable into my new macbook pro and 30" Gateway monitor and monitor is not seeing apple cable as a dual dvi cable. Waste of money. …
- Written by Tom P from Saint Charles
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It works: Mac mini (Late 2012) to 30 inch Cinema Display
I bought my Mini DisplayPort to Dual-Link DVI Adapter yesterday from an Apple Store and the unit works as advertised. It has rev I bought my Mini DisplayPort to Dual-Link DVI Adapter yesterday from an Apple Store and the unit works as advertised. It has revision 1.03 firmware, which is apparently the latest as of 2014-07-04 and thus saving me a return to the store for an upgrade/swap. The unit worked on the first try connecting an Apple Mac mini "Core i7" 2.3 (Late 2012) [MD388LL/A] to an Apple Cinema Display 30-Inch (Aluminum) [M9179LL/A]. There are no problems with dropouts or flicker. Sleep/wake also works, as does the USB connection.
The adapter has no facility for connecting the monitor's 400 Mbps FireWire port, so if you have the same type of monitor, then you may need a FireWire extension cable -- if you want to use the FireWire port on the monitor.
Interestingly, at the Apple Store, the adapter was not on the wall with the multitude of white box adapters on sale; the manager said that the store did not carry the item. However, another store employee fortuitously did know about the adapter (packaged in a black box) hidden in the back room and procured the prize. Who knows what other goodies may lurk in that nearly impenetrable darkness? Could there be a 20th Anniversary Macintosh concealed in the gloom? Maybe there's a unsold, Apple IIgs there waiting for some lucky collector. If such could be found, there might even be hope for locating an Apple Lisa which escaped that landfill in Utah. …
- Written by Steven E from Nashua
not as bad
So I spent an hour trying to get this to work for a large display. and then noticed i was using the wrong DVI cable. My screen So I spent an hour trying to get this to work for a large display. and then noticed i was using the wrong DVI cable. My screen kept flickering when set to the highest resolution, but once I got the proper DVI cable, everything worked. …
- Written by W. Scott G from Portland
The adapter you need for high-resolution monitors
This is the adapter you need to connect a high resolution monitor (WQHD) to your Mac. (The regular Mini DisplayPort adapter will l This is the adapter you need to connect a high resolution monitor (WQHD) to your Mac. (The regular Mini DisplayPort adapter will leave your monitor maxed out at 1080p, not the 2560x1440 you are after.)
A couple of notes:
* While this is a hot plug, sometimes the signal can get a glitch when you connect the monitor or wake your computer from sleep. I found that 95% of the time, simply turning the monitor off and on again addresses this. On rare occasions, it took a reboot of my computer.
* You need to connect the USB plug on the adapter into your Mac as well, or you defeat the purpose of this adapter. The USB is necessary for the resolution. In fact, the old Apple 30" CinemaScreen monitors won't even display anything without the USB connection. …
- Written by Laura S from Boulder
Questions & Answers
Answers from the community
can i connect macbook pro to two monitors
- Asked by Greg B
- Jan 27, 2011
If you have a MacBook Pro with Retina display you can use the HDMI cable or the Mini Displayport to If you have a MacBook Pro with Retina display you can use the HDMI cable or the Mini Displayport to connect one monitor and use the Thunderbolt to VGHA connector to connect a second monitor. This setup allows you to mirror three screens OR use them all independently (you will get higher res if you use the DisplayPort connector to connect to a high-def monitor). …
- Answered by Nigel F from Duxbury
- Feb 21, 2013
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?
- Asked by Francisco R from Zephyrhills
- May 11, 2014
what apple cinema display 20 inch power adapter do i need for a 2009 apple macbook?
- Asked by Brad R from Pasadena
- Jul 11, 2014
Can I run Windows XP on an 27-inch iMac and connect a 30-inch Apple Cinema Display HD to run SolidWorks?
- Asked by David N
- May 14, 2010
Will this enable a mac to support the resolution of 2560x1080?
- Asked by Julie C from Belrose
- Dec 21, 2012
SwitchResX app solved this problem for me.
- Answered by Grzegorz G
- Feb 25, 2013
How do I connect macbook or a macbook pro to 2 external monitors?
- Asked by Kevin W from Powell
- Nov 26, 2009
You need another piece of hardware, which falls into one of two major categories:
1) A Matrox Dua You need another piece of hardware, which falls into one of two major categories:
1) A Matrox Dualhead2go is a device that "tricks" your laptop into thinking that the two displays are a single display. Due to this trick, it has some limitations, but provides good graphics performance. The device costs between $100-200.
2) A USB graphics card, such as the EVGA UV Plus+, which run about $60. These devices give you another display without tricking your computer, but do not offer the same level of graphics performance that the Matrox does. These are great for looking at big spreadsheets/documents, but not great for movies or games. …
- Answered by John G from Madison
- Jan 12, 2010