• 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Version 1.02 still has issues

    • Written by from PORTLAND

    I've tried the latest version (1.02) with a new model MacBook Pro and it still has issues displaying dark backgrounds with the 30" Cinema display. It appears to be the same type of artifacts that result from a too-long DVI cable, but the use of a signal booster did not solve the issue.

    It's likely that the circuitry in the adapter is not providing sufficient amplification to drive the higher-voltage DVI. Apple may need to resort to an external power supply instead of driving via USB port.

    It's very disappointing to not have a solution to this, and that Apple was not able to properly QA and ship a product that works with their own laptops and monitors.

    39 of 43 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Works great with my hp LP3065 30" monitor

    • Written by from Babylon

    Plugged this adapter into the back of my iMac 27" and then to a DVI-D dual cable (purchased from Radio Shack), which I then plugged into one of the three DVI-D on the back of my hp LP3065 30" monitor and it worked immediately! In fact, my 30" monitor is higher resolution then the iMac monitor, which I'm sharing between two different computers (iMac and Microsoft Vista). Note: make sure you buy a DVI-D dual cable.

    One small quirk: because my hp monitor is higher resolution then the iMac, if I extend a window on the hp monitor to greater resolution then the iMac, I can't move the window back to the iMac.

    34 of 34 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars


    • Written by from Lund

    Screen flickers to black every now and then (every 30 min?). Pretty unacceptable for something as simple as an adapter.

    36 of 38 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Works well with Dell 3007 monitor

    • Written by from Provo

    Others have expressed concerns about it not working with a Dell 3007 monitor and a macbook pro with retina display.

    All that was necessary to make it work was to hold down the option key when I selected Scaling for the Dell display. This gave me the choice for the full resolution, and it's beautiful.

    33 of 33 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Works great with firmware v 1.03

    • Written by from ATLANTA

    Just purchased the Mini DisplayPort to Dual-Link DVI Adapter.

    Make sure you have the version with the 1.03 firmware.

    Follow these steps to determine the firmware version on your Mini DisplayPort to Dual-Link DVI Adapter:

    1. Use the Mini DisplayPort to Dual-Link DVI Adapter to connect a working display to your Mac.

    2. Open System Profiler by choosing About this Mac from the the Apple () menu in the upper-left of your Desktop. Click More Info...

    3. Find the adapter firmware version in the Graphics/Displays section under Hardware.

    You can also search the Apple Support for Article: TS3232

    "If you experience these issues and your adapter firmware version is 1.01 or 1.02, you can exchange your adapter for one with firmware version 1.03."

    35 of 37 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    New Macbook Pro and Display Connectors

    • Written by from Tempe

    I just bought a new Macbook Pro with the i7 chip. It's a screamer and works beautifully in almost every respect but the display connectors. My old Macbook Pro had a full size DVI connector that directly supported every display mode I needed out of the box. Now to support my 30" Apple Cinema display I need this clunky connector? Really? To top it all, I bought the mini display port to DVI only to discover it's DVI-D (single link) not DVI-I. Every VGA to DVI adapter in my school is DVI-I so I can't connect without another adapter! So in the end I'm going to have to buy 3 connectors: mini displayport to dual-link DVI, mini displayport to DVI and mini displayport to VGA. A total of $160. For a company that has a reputation of attention to detail, Apple failed on this one.

    35 of 37 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Truly offensively bad

    • Written by from New York

    I never, ever take the time to write reviews because I just don't have the time. I'll make my very first exception in the case of this adapter for two reasons:

    1/ This is the absolute worst product I ever bought from Apple (I currently own 7 macs, no less). It DOES NOT WORK. Or it works when it feels like it and only when it feels like it.

    2/ I have to restart my MacPro at least four times a day for it to see the second screen attached to this $99 non functioning device, so now I actually have time to come here via my laptop to help prevent other people from making the same mistake I did by buying it.

    It was bad enough to be forced into buying extra hardware because Apple felt like pushing their new standard onto us (What was wrong with two DVI ports?), but at least, at the very very least, if Apple is going to pull this kinds of forced sales tactics, please try and force-sell something that works.

    Stay away.
    It will complicate your life.



    PS: for the technically orientated people:
    -the screen attached to the adapter comes up garbled and unreadable about 60% of the time at start-up, no matter what I do.
    -100% of the time garbled if the screen is turned on after the computer is started.
    -60% of the time garbled if the computer puts the screen to sleep after a long period of inaction.

    So for example, if the screen goes to sleep, I most likely have to restart the machine for it to work, but then there is a strong chance that the screen will still come up garbled anyway, unless I get lucky that the adapter sees the screen fine that time.

    $99? Really? Wow.

    38 of 43 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Does not work with 30" Dell and MBP

    • Written by from Minneapolis

    We use 30" Dells and Macbook Pros at work, and between two machines and monitors, we're determined this product is terrible. I've tried working with the lid closed, re-plugging from the monitor end, the laptop end, tried the "official fix" from Apple including deleting plist files and resetting PRAM, and still see the sudden loss of clarity/fuzziness/noise issues I've seen that other have photographed. My hope is that Apple will replace this cable with one that works, my fear is that no cable will work and no 3rd party cables will be available.

    34 of 35 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Ridiculous product...

    • Written by from Bend

    I'm using this cable with a Samsung 30" monitor, and 2-3x per day, the monitor loses sync; this never happened with my older MBP and the same monitor (using dual-DVI). The cable is WAY too expensive and just doesn't work properly. Apple should be ashamed. Does anyone know how I can get this remedied?

    34 of 35 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Just so so

    • Written by from NEW YORK

    sometimes, display perfect when connected with mac mini (2010) and HP LP3065,BUT randomly desktop dispeare.

    32 of 32 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    The cable matters - works great!

    • Written by from South Riding

    This product works as advertised, however, you need to use a dual-link DVI cable, which is different than the single-link DVI cable you most likely have lying around. To tell the difference, a single-link DVI cable has 3 pins, a gap, and then another 3 pins whereas a dual link DVI cable has pins running all the way across with no gap.

    I originally had a single-link DVI cable and was experiencing the horrible resolution issues others are talking about. Buying the right cable changed all that and now it works great!

    36 of 40 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Tried two units - still the same issues...

    • Written by from Zurich

    Just got back from an Apple store with a replaced adapter, but the issues are the same.

    3 year ago I got 30" HP LP3065 and I was using it with a 2007 15" MBP - this worked just perfect. A year ago my girlfriend bough a 13" unibody macbook and I got a couple weeks ago a new 2010 13" MBP, which raised a need for a dual dvi adapter to use the 30" screen.

    Unfortunately quality of a picture, that one is getting on a screen now is really bad - just as an example: there is a significant flickering in areas, where active window drops shadows - both on vertical and horizontal edges. On pictures, where there should be a perfectly smooth gradients there is a flickering + color noise.

    I went to Apple shop and was successful with getting this adapter replaced. Unfortunately with a new one the problems are exactly the same. I also tried attaching to other new macbooks and the problem stays.

    It is a great pity, that a pro-users have a problems with a setup, that 3 years ago (with no adapter) worked just perfect. I hope Apple will be able to solve problems with the dual dvi adapter quickly, since current issues make work on 30" screen close to impossible.

    Really disappointing...

    33 of 34 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    New firmware fixes the problem!

    • Written by from New York

    i had first gen of this adaptor and was also plagued by pixel noise and streaking. (I have a 2009 mac mini.) There is a new version of the adaptor with a firmware update (1.02) that fixes the problem! Apple techs in the stores do NOT know about this, you have to insist, but you will get a free replacement. AFAIK, there is no way to check firmware version from the box, you have to plug it in and look in System Profiler.

    36 of 40 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    REALLY BAD flicker

    • Written by from Los Angeles

    There is a terrible flicker on black backgrounds (multiple people have commented on this). If you keep the monitor with only light colors, it won't make you wonder why you spent $1500 on a 30 inch cinema display. I use this product because no alternative exists. It is far below Apple's standards of product excellence, and I am not sure why they allow it to continue to live.

    Tsk, tsk, Apple. Bring this product up to your normally excellent standards!

    36 of 40 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Apple 30 inch Cinema Display Flickers

    • Written by from MIAMI

    I did not need this adapter with my late 2007 Model MBP using the internal DVI connection. However, living on the bleeding edge, I had to get the new MBP back on Dec 31, 2008. I since learned the hard way that I needed this new Mini-Port to Dual-Link DVI Adapter to match the resolution of my previous MBP. Then I got an unexpected


    This thing flickers under all circumstances. It doesn't matter if I just turned the MBP on, or after hours of use. I have been trying workarounds that others have tried and have been sifting through rumors of hardware issues, software issues, or environmental causes to the problem.

    I am not one the usually writes reviews on products, but I simply could not let this one slide. I too read the reviews prior to purchasing this product, and I did not see one mention at the time to this particular issue at the time. Now I see that others are experiencing the same problem. I encourage everyone that has purchased this product, and experiencing these issues to voice there feedback. I would tell others to hold off on purchasing this product.

    More importantly if you use an external display and are considering a new MBP I would hold off until there is official word from Apple that the issues have been identified and resolved with either this product or more seriously a new generation of MBP.

    34 of 36 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Doesn't work with the Apple 30" Cinema Display HD either

    • Written by from Los Angeles

    I have an Apple 30" Cinema Display. I waited patiently for Apple to release this product, hoping the delay meant they were ironing out last-minute issues.

    They didn't. When I connect the monitor either of the two 15" unibody MacBook Pro's in my household, green and purple noise flickers across the screen where dark colors are displayed. For example top and bottom when showing widescreen formatted movies. Or left and right when displaying 3:4 formatted videos.

    I hope I just got a lemon. I am going to the local Apple store tomorrow to demonstrate that either the adapter is broken, or the mini display port on both my MacBook Pro's.

    33 of 34 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars


    • Written by from Palo Alto

    I just received this adapter and it works for about 5 seconds before my Dell 30" display goes out of sync. I returned it to the apple store, but they don't have any in stock to replace it, so they gave me a refund (minus the shipping cost). Now I'll have to try again -- maybe it was just defective.

    33 of 34 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    works perfectly

    • Written by from Montrose

    hooked up my 2006 30" Apple Cinema Display with this adapter to my 2009 MBP and it works perfectly. The display has the pin connector, usb and FW400 and of course the adapter just has the pin connector and usb... BUT... letting the FW400 dangle with no connection, it worked perfectly. Very happy I got this, as my Mac Pro is already surpassed by the MBP I have, and the 2012 version on order.

    35 of 39 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Despite negative reviews, this adapter works as described.

    • Written by from South Pasadena

    I was leery of buying this adapter because of all the problems others have reported, but I didn't want to wait for delivery from another manufacturer. The maximum resolution my new 2.7GHz i7 Mac Mini would deliver to my 30" Cinema Display was an intolerable 1280 x 800, and I was resigned to using the Mac Mini as a media server and driving the Cinema Display with my older MacBook Pro. But the adapter just works perfectly. I get the maximum 2560 x 1600 resolution, the monitor wakes up from sleep with no difficulty, and there's no flickering, snow, or any other artifacts or problems that others have reported. The competitor's price was $30 less (plus shipping), but it was worth it to me to be able to drive over to the Apple Store and pick one up today.

    31 of 31 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Fail: Cinema Display 30 and Macbook Pro

    • Written by from Franklin

    Flicker (off/then back on) every 10 minutes or so. Once a week, the screen goes to static. This is neither a faulty monitor, nor a faulty MBP. Hook the Cinema Display 30 to an old MB with dual dvi out, works great.

    This adapter is a faulty product, and Apple should recall and replace it. Many have the same problem.

    I expect compatibility when I do pay the premium prices for all Apple products.

    Apple, are you listening, at all?

    33 of 35 people found this useful