• 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Static or "snow" in black areas

    • Written by from South Pasadena

    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

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    burned my laptop out

    • Written by from Athens

    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

    • Written by from SAN JOSE

    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.

    • Written by from Mundelein

    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

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Disapointing

    • Written by from Tigard

    I join the rank and file here. Worked with my new MacBook Pro for a week then just quit.

    20 of 21 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Doesn't work

    • Written by from Rockford

    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!!!

    • Written by from New York

    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

    Horizontal lines on black areas

    • Written by from JOUTSA

    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

    • Written by from ITHACA

    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

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Woe is me

    • Written by from Palo Alto

    Just like everyone else ... it's bad enough to pay $100 for a cable, but then it's really bad when it gives you white static lines across areas of the screen that are black. To make it worse, I bought two of them.

    17 of 18 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    iScrewed again

    • Written by from KAILUA

    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)

    32 of 36 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Terrible

    • Written by from Vancouver

    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

    • Written by from East Windsor

    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.

    23 of 26 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Dark areas of the screen full of noise.

    • Written by from Moreno Valley

    New unibody Macbook Pro. Older 30" cinema display.

    The only way to connect the two and run at native resolution 2560x1600 is to use this adaptor. But in any areas on the screen that are close to black there is random red / green / blue static noise. It is maddening. Especially when using any of the Apple Pro apps (Final Cut Studio etc.) which all have dark, dark interfaces.

    Apple are sending a replacement cable but with all the reviews on here I do not hold out much hope.

    $10,000 dollars of Apple hardware and software ruined by an overpriced cable that does not work to spec.

    22 of 24 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Bad Flicker

    • Written by from SAN FRANCISCO

    Using this device to connect my Cinema HD 30 to my brand Macbook Pro I get terrible static flicker. This occurs with or without the GPU turned on. I don't recommend this combination, or this adapter. This is poor execution on Apple's part

    22 of 23 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Snow and Flickers

    • Written by from Huntington Beach

    I depend on my mac and 30" monitor for making a living. I have a brand new macbook pro and 30" monitor. This adapter causes fickering and snow several times a day, sometimes requiring me to put the mac to sleep and wake up to fix it. Unacceptable!!! Apple needs to fix this!!!

    20 of 20 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Purchased Mini DisplayuPort to Dual-Link DVI Adapter

    • Written by from Mississauga

    Read these reviews but I have a Dell 30", Dell 24" and Samsung 22" (all of which work fine on

    1) Screen flickers once in a while (tolerable) but diappointing.
    2) Now when coming back from sleep, screen messed up.
    Have to reboot to fix which is particularly irritating as I have many apps open.

    Apple PowerBook 13.3" 10.6 bought dec 2009.
    1.02 Firmware on adapter.

    Overall ... very very disappointing.

    17 of 18 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Works most of the time.

    • Written by from Lincoln

    The other reviewers are correct -- you buy this cable not because it works well, but because it's your only choice to drive a 30" monitor. When my MacAir goes to sleep, there's significant chance it will wake up with random vibration rainbows all over the screen. The best workaround I've found is to select a different screen resolution (for example, 2048 x 1536, and then re-select 2560 x 1600. You have to re-size your windows, but at least nothing else is affected. Not, in short, Apple's finest hour.

    10 of 11 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    A great disappointment

    • Written by from Soquel

    I bought a 30" cinema display, and loved it. Then I bought a new MacBook Pro with the dreaded mini DisplayPort. No problem Apple has a converter box, right? WRONG.

    This is a terrible piece of junk. Any area of the display with a single dark color is plagued with noise. It wrecked my investment. Thanks for letting me down Apple.

    18 of 19 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Screen blackouts

    • Written by from kastrup

    After about a few minutes my screen goes beserk.
    the dual link to dvi adaptor is not only a waste of money, but also my 3000 dollars 30 inch cinema display is a complete waste.
    Worst is that apple has known this bug for a year and does not fix it.
    And im running it to a brand new 27 inch core i7 Imac.
    disapointed.....YES

    16 of 17 people found this useful