• 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Lasted almost five months

    • Written by from Sandy

    Worked fine with an HP LP3065 monitor, for a while. I was banging away at a document earlier this week and the screen went black. Thought I heard a very quiet 'pop' so I assumed it was the monitor. Not so. HP's trouble shooting revealed that it hadn't dropped dead. I connected the Mac to another monitor via another adapter. No problems there. Then I envisioned that call with Apple about this $99 adapter, then obviously the culprit. Is there another one you can try? Nope - this is the only $99 accessory that I have ever needed for connecting a computer to a peripheral device.

    I bought another one from Amazon. If you have a dual-link DVI monitor, you really don't have much choice but to shell out for this thing. Plugged it in (after checking one more time to see if the old one had fixed itself) and sure enough the replacement solved the problem. I called Apple then, and at least they are willing to ship a replacement, to arrive in 2-5 days. I guess I'll have a spare.

    Given the hassle I wish I'd sought an aftermarket mini-DVI compatible monitor (not that there are many of those). Apple really needs to examine its perspective on video ports. If the designers are going to demand an adapter, and Apple is going to charge a whopping premium for it, it should at least be a quality product.

    16 of 17 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    flicker and other issues

    • Written by from Raleigh

    I have a MBP w/NVIDIA GeForce 9400M/GT video cards connect with this adapter to an LG W3000H. The monitor flickers, and if I turn my monitor off, when I turn it back on, I see the image, but it's snowy (very hard to see). I have to unplug the mini displayport, wait a few seconds and plug it back in.

    From system profiler, it looks like I have version 1.01. I plan to go back to the apple store to try to get version 1.03 which folks in this forum suggest fixes many issues.

    Does anyone know if we order directly from apple, if it's possible to get fw v1.03?

    10 of 11 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    1.3 is garbage too!

    • Written by from Parker

    I just went to the Apple Store, had them open the package and connect it to a computer to confirm the latest firmware 1.3 before I left the store. The Apple Store employee told me that they would sent any old units back to Apple, and they only sell the most up to date version.

    I take it home, and try connecting to both my 2009 Mini Mac AND my new 2010 i7 MacBook Pro. Same thing as everyone else. In the black parts of the screen there are white flashing lines. It looks like garbage, and I will be taking it back.

    I have a love/hate relationship with Apple! My 30 Cinema display looks great on my 2006 MacBook pro with Dual link DVI built in! Looks like garbage on all my newer macs. Thanks Apple!

    17 of 17 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Flicker

    • Written by from Chanhassen

    Connected to the Cinema HD 30", to the iMac LED 27".

    The adapter works, but the screen has scattered horizontal flicker (graphical artifacts that last for, oh, 1/60th of a second) that is very, very annoying. Especially visible with a darker background.

    Disappointed. Gave the produce 2 stars instead of 1 star, because it is makeshift usable.

    One of the other posters said that they switched to using a powered USB hub and his problem went away. Tried using a Belkin powered USB hub, but that did not change the flicker issue.

    Firmware version 1.03. Hopefully the problem will get fixed with firmware version 1.04.

    15 of 15 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Buy a powered USB Plug

    • Written by from Victoria

    I encountered the screen flickering issue mentioned by other users, but fixed it by getting a powered USB hub that I plugged the USB plug from the dual-link DVI adapter into.

    Because the dual-link adapter doesn't work properly without a separate powered USB connector, I give this product 2 stars. It's basically junk without the powered USB connector.

    14 of 15 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Works great..price too high

    • Written by from Manchester

    I was nervous about buying this adapter after reading all the bad reviews before hand. I went for it anyway, and it works great. Using a Dell 30" 3007WFPHC monitor, with no picture problems at all. It's as sharp as anything.

    Please ensure you have a DUAL LINK DVI cable...not a normal DVI cable as the adapter then causes problems. I didn't realise the first time round when I plugged in my normal DVI cable.... just make sure it is a DUAL LINK version.

    Too pricey... for what it is. Hence the 4 stars

    16 of 17 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Horrible

    • Written by from San Jose

    Many issues with this adaptor. My 30 inch display works fine with my MacBook Pro and a WIndows 7 PC but with my Mac Mini (mid 2010) no go - constant flickers, blackouts and the display flashes a "video not supported" error. Lot's of turning off/on, disconnecting, etc.

    15 of 15 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Works as advertised. No problems here.

    • Written by from Ottawa

    As I said in the title, it works exactly as I'd expect it to. I have a 27" iMac that I wanted to drive a secondary 30" Apple Cinema Display. I'm getting full resolution from both screens. 57" of work space and loving it. Absolutely no issues.

    A little less expensive for an adapter would have been nice. I also bought the regular MiniDisplay to DVI adapter first and Apple should call out the fact that those won't drive a 30" display a little more blatantly on the site.

    11 of 14 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    This product is junk -- is this a joke?

    • Written by from Austin

    I had to get this adapter when I went from my previous generation MacBook Pro 17" to a unibody 17" so that my Apple 30" display could display at native resolution (2560x1600).

    Sadly, whenever 1/3 or more of the display is dark to black, all kinds of horizontal interference lines randomly flash in those dark areas. If the screen is half or more black, this effect is unprofessional, highly distracting, and a constant reminder how much Apple really screwed this one up. It blows my mind how this product got out of QA and has been selling for well over a year now. Not only is this product unacceptably flawed, but so is the Apple department that oversees this product for letting it get though QA.

    I'm a hardware and software engineer (and an Apple developer to boot) so I think see what happened here. Apple built-in the display hardware (dual link DVI) in the previous MacBook Pro 17" (it did cost $3000, remember?), but they removed this support in the latest generation (likely to cut costs). The product is so flawed that I suspect there's something bigger going on behind the scenes for it to have made it past QA.

    26 of 26 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    GARBAGE

    • Written by from Dover

    The MDP is an expensive piece of garbage. It does not work. Apple and Steve Jobs should be embarassed selling this thing!

    17 of 18 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Buyer Beware

    • Written by from Ashburn

    The firmware on my adapter was version 1.03. I bought it to use with my mac mini (mid 2010) and 30" LG W3000H LCD monitor. Like many others, I had a lot of noise and flickering on my display. Took the adapter and mac mini to the Apple store and used it on one of their 30" Apple Cinema Display and it worked perfectly. Took it to a friends home and used his 30" ACD, again, it worked perfectly. My monitor works with any PC with a DVI connection, so I know it's not the the monitor. I guess it will only work with Apple Displays and not the other brands. I ended up returning the adapter. It's a shame Apple can't make it work with other LCD monitors.

    21 of 23 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Lines in dark areas of screen on Apple 30" Cinema!

    • Written by from Kaneohe

    I too have the adapter (V1.02) hooked between to my NEW Mac Mini and my 3 year old 30" Apple Cinema display and I am experiencing the same problems with the horizontal video static lines. Unacceptable when watching a video! I have reset everything per all the tech suggestions to no avail. I have searched for the new firmware V1.03 but have not found it anywhere on Apples site. Please post the firmware revision 1.03 Apple Tech Guys! If someone knows where to download the firmware update please post!

    15 of 16 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Hybrid rating: Replacing adapter fixed problem

    • Written by from Louisburg

    Rating is 5 stars for eventual performance, 1 star for putting many defective adapters on the market and making me (and many others posting comments here) deal with this. Average rating then = 3 stars.

    I have one of the original Apple 30" Cinema Displays which has worked flawlessly for over 5 years with multiple Macs. It has the original full size DVI connector on the end of the cable. When I recently upgraded from a 2006 MBPro to a 2010 MBPro I had to buy the dual link DVI mini displayport adapter to drive the 30" to full 2560x1600 resolution. The first adapter created the horizontal video lines on the 30". They would appear only in areas displaying dark colors. Apple Support (phone call) had me unplug EVERYTHING except for the monitor. They had me reset the PRAM (power-command-option-P-R for 2 sec) and then reset the SMC (shift-control-option-power) to no avail. So we made a Genius Bar appt and I took the adapter and my new MBPro back to the local Apple Store. We plugged my MBP and this adapter into one of their new 30" Cinema Display HD monitors in the store. Of course, everything worked perfectly.

    After some head scratching and no satisfactory explanation, they swapped out the adapter for a new one and sent me home to try out. If it still didn't work I was prepared to go back with adapter, MBPro, and my 30" monitor. Luckily, It worked fine when I hooked up everything at home. So take your adapter back if you see these horizontal video lines appear. It solved my video noise problem, it may solve yours.

    21 of 22 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    I had them all

    • Written by from Moscow

    First one had firmware 1.01. It was horrible. Red-green-blue stripes flashed on black background sporadically, sometimes the image was broken. Replaced it with the new one with fw 1.02 installed.
    The second one was slightly better. Image did not broke anymore, but flickering and color stripes were there, not to mention "waves" on solid background. Switched it to the one with 1.03 firmware.
    Third one is good. No image distortion, no "waves", everything's perfect.

    After almost two years of production it finally became a quality product. Five stars from now on. Just make sure it's 1.03.

    Tested on 2008 MacBook Pro Unibody and Cinema HD 30".

    24 of 25 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Horrible, clunky LARGE piece of expensive hardware

    • Written by from Howrah

    This is perhaps the worst computer product I have ever purchased. It is extremely large, takes two USB ports to run and although it provides an additional USB port it is too underpowered to even recognize, let alone mount an external drive. I now have a situation where I have to solve the USB port deficit because of this USB hungry device.
    The performance issues cited in other reviews are true with my experience also. I am running a 20" external Samsung display and have had repeated trouble getting it to mount the display, wake from sleep, etc.
    This product is a DOG. Do yourself a favor and look for a cheaper, more elegant solution. This product is a rip-off.

    18 of 26 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Works with Cintiq 21UX and iMac 27"

    • Written by from Los Angeles

    Don't make the mistake of buying the Single Link DVI-D to Mini display port version for $30 like I did you need this $100 Dual-Link version to connect a Cintiq a to a mini display port it's even recommended in the wacom hardware manual the cheaper cable will give lots of random pixels flickering while painting.

    Four stars nothing wrong with it, apart from being over priced.

    16 of 16 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Video noise in black areas

    • Written by from Louisburg

    2010 MBP i7 2.66, 8g ram, 10.6.4, plugged into original 30" Apple Cinema Display. Same issues as others with 30" display, noise in any region that is black color. Also when waking from sleep to input password, 30" display has a LOT of noise until I type password and hit enter key. This is really unacceptable. My 2006 MBP with DVI had no issues driving this display for the past 4 years.

    21 of 22 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Eyefinity-3 monitor setup for apps and gaming.

    • Written by from Shailer Park

    Was told to buy the apple *ACTIVE* display port as it is of the highest quality and that It will work str8 out of the box which it did. You do lose ur resolution sometimes for some unknown reason on the monitor using the adaptor, but all u do is unplug and plug it back in and ur good to go again.

    Please note that you *MUST* use the *ACTIVE* display port adaptor when running a 3 monitor set up using just 1 video card. You do not need it if you have 2 video cards. Also note that if you have the 5870 eyefinity video card with 6 HDMI outs for 6 monitors, you will need 4 of these adaptors.

    7 of 9 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Works, but flickers and dies unexpectedly

    • Written by from LaGrange

    I read all the bad reviews, but had to buy the adapter anyway -- when I upgraded from my old MacBook Pro to the new MBP with mini displayport, this adapter was the only way to get my 30" Dell monitor to work.

    I never had any problems plugging the DVI directly into my old MBP, the monitor was crystal clear and never had a single issue. Since using the adapter, there is a constant flicker of red, green and blue pixels that are hard to notice, but if you're looking at a very dark screen they're very apparent.

    The adapter will also just die at random times, displaying a distorted picture, vertical lines, or both. I'll have to completely disconnect and reconnect to get it running again.

    For $100, you'd think it would be made better. Very disappointing especially since it's the only way to get my MBP to work with my monitor.

    31 of 31 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Works fine with MacBook 5,3

    • Written by from Washington

    I have the previous Gen Apple 24 Cinema HD display. This cable works for this setup. The laptop needs to be plugged in (not on battery). Occasional (once a month) flicker, but I just unplug the USB and plug it back in after about a second. Other than the occasional glitches, this cord delivers a very crisp picture and does not seem to affect refresh, pan or zoom.

    10 of 14 people found this useful