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
1017 of 1190 people found this useful
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
916 of 1078 people found this useful
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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Lots of green digital noise...
Just upgraded to a new MacPro and Pegasus2 Raid drive, so after shelling out huge money for that setup I wanted to continue to use Just upgraded to a new MacPro and Pegasus2 Raid drive, so after shelling out huge money for that setup I wanted to continue to use my 30" Apple Cinema Display and not have to buy another monitor. Bought this adapter thinking that would be easy enough but am very unsatisfied with the results. I get get constant green digital noise in any areas of black on my screen. It's pretty much constant and nothing seems to fix it. I'm sure it's not the monitor, since I can plug it back into my old Mac Pro tower and everything works fine. At $100 for the cable I'm very unhappy. Does anyone know of another way to still use my monitor? Is there an HDMI adapter that anyone can recommend? …
- Written by Alan H from WILMINGTON
A solution to the Flickers!
I looked everywhere for a solution… and found my problem on a Forum…
There are two types of DVI cables!
A) DVI-D single Link I looked everywhere for a solution… and found my problem on a Forum…
There are two types of DVI cables!
A) DVI-D single Link
B) DVI-D Dual Link
They don't have the same number of pins!
I have a MacBook Air 13" 2011, with a 30" Dell Ultrasharp. With the single Link DVI Cable, I had crazy flickers.
With the Dual Link cable - supplied by Dell with the Monitor, the image is EXCELLENT! …
- Written by Jean L from Chateauguay
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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
Questions & Answers
Answers from the community
can i connect macbook pro to two monitors
- Asked by Greg B
- Jan 26, 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 20, 2013
can i connect a macbook air to two monitors?
- Asked by David N from Rockville
- Aug 5, 2014
No answers yet
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 10, 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 13, 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 24, 2013