• 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Disappointed! F - 30" Cinema Display w/Oct2009 2.66Ghz Mac Mini

    • Written by from Salt Lake City

    First of all... this cable is $100. They are charging the same amount for a cable as they charge for the base model iphone (at the time of this review)?! Ok, so I swallow the fact that it costs 10 times what it really should cost...but the overly priced product doesn't work well. Over two years I've run my 30" cinema display from a macbook pro with absolutely ZERO problems. It has been flawless. Brand new mac mini w/ 2.66Ghz processor, and the special $100 cable to connect my 30" display... I have to restart my computer twice a day to make the fuzzy vertical lines disappear. If you like having your display not function well, and if you enjoy fuzzy lines, and loss of color all over your screen, then buy this product. Otherwise... I recommend you find an alternate solution.

    26 of 27 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Works sometimes, doesn't work other times, is always annoying.

    • Written by from San Mateo

    As I write this review, I've had to unplug and replug the adapter 3 (count 'em, 3! times). I am using an HP LP3065 display. I have all the same issues as everyone else on this thread. Apple should fix this adapter and replace all the ones that we bought.

    15 of 15 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Flicker two or three times a day

    • Written by from RALEIGH

    I am a totally MAC fan. I love their stuff. It is always quality. This thing is awful. I depend on my monitor as I do a lot of photo work. I had an older macbook pro which had the DVI output. Ok, so I have buy a 100 adapter now, I am sort of ok with that. Then I find it takes up one of my USB ports as well. A little less happy, but give me a product that works. Now this... Two or three times a day I need to cycle this thing. Very poor. I really hope they fix this.

    16 of 17 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    bad bad bad

    • Written by from Baton Rouge

    This thing is junk. Sadly I have to re boot or put my computer to sleep at least three or four times a day because it goes out and comes back with the dreaded TV Snow we all hated as kids when the cable went out. Apple should have gotten this right by now. As a consumer and big spender on apple product I'm disappointed again. Windows 7 anyone? (Joke) Is Apple listening?

    16 of 17 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    How to make it work

    • Written by from Poznan, Poland

    The adapter has problems, everybody knows it. To solve problems with flickering and snow connect its USB plug to external source of power. Powered USB hubs may work but I found it working perfectly with ipod/iphone power adapter which gives 1A (not just 500mA) of power. No flickering. No snow. It finally works.

    22 of 24 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Complete rubbish!!! Does not work well!

    • Written by from Monnickendam

    I would have had more enjoyment sitting on my roof and folding 20 ten euro notes into paper airplanes and watching them go...

    I run this between my 30" HD Apple Display and my 17" MacBook Pro. 9/10 times it doesnt work and when it does more often than not the display becomes un-viewable. The screen flashes on & off all the time. Very very very unhappy with this product.. DO NOT BUY. Opps screen just did it again...

    23 of 23 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Possibly doesn't like ground lifts? Whatever, it's a TERRIBLE product.

    • Written by from Londonderry

    I used this product to connect my 17" MacBook Pro to my 50" plasma. Shouldn't have been much of a stretch for it as the resolution of a plasma is only 1920x1080. The results quite literally looked like my MBP was on a bad acid trip with cyclical pulsating anywhere in the image with a brighter luminance. I did not have anything plugged into the adapter's USB extender and the MBP was getting DC power from its adapter (not running off of the battery).

    I have a sneaking suspicion that this product doesn't like ground lifts (although after just reading a bunch of other reviews (wish I had done that before visiting the Apple store) it's possible that perhaps it just globally bites and maybe someone in Apple's quality assurance department ought to be fired (or at the very least attend a class on black box and white box testing)). Like most apartments in the Boston area, the one I'm in has no discrete 3rd prong for ground so you must use a ground lift. If that's a requirement of this product it's pretty unrealistic, at least for those of us who live in older cities. FWIW I know it's not the display as my 13" MacBook from 2006 is able to drive my plasma just fine with a mini DVI to a DVI adapter (and from there I use a DVI to HDMI cable).

    10 of 12 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    On 3rd one in 4 months

    • Written by from Peninsula

    Running a 2009 MacBook Pro connected to a Dell UltraSharp 3007WFP-HC 30-inch WideScreen Flat Panel Monitor. The monitor works perfectly when I use it with my older MacBook pros and older connectors.

    Using the 2009 MBP with Mini DisplayPort to Dual-Link DVI Adapter, my external monitor does the following:

    * Flashes garbled white horizontal lines randomly.
    * When the computer wakes up after a long sleep, the external display shows 'double vision' with some vibration.
    * While the computer is awake the external display sometimes just goes black (while still powered up).
    * When the image being displayed is full black, there are random flickering white pixels distributed over the black.

    For each of the above issues, my remedy is to unplug the DVI Adabpter cable from the MacBook Pro and then plug it in again. It resets the external display to 'normal'.

    I've had Apple send me two new cables and the problem persists.

    24 of 25 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Horrible adapter.

    • Written by from Yarmouth

    I bought this in good faith, hoping that I wouldn't experience problems with the new 1.02 adapter firmware. I'm experiencing coloured static in pure black areas and it makes the display awful to work on. This setup was just way too expensive to not work properly.

    25 of 26 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Super flaky

    • Written by from Beverly Hills

    Like many others I get "snow" on the screen and 4-8 times a day (every hour or two, basically) I have to unplug it and plug it in again (sometimes several times) to reset it to get the screen readable at all.

    I use a Dell 30" monitor - it works great on a regular DVI output; but I can barely use it at all with my MacBook Pro (late 2008 version).

    15 of 15 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Does. Not. Work.

    • Written by from Joensuu

    My Samsung Syncmaster 305T+ 30" monitor worked wonderfully with my old MacBook Pro (2008 model), but after I bought a new MacBook Pro (late 2009), it no longer works. I get extremely poor picture quality, and the picture disappears in about 15 seconds. One star is too much for a product that does not work.

    12 of 13 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Product needs work

    • Written by from Peoria

    Interesting product. Using my 30"Cinema HD with the adapter I was getting "snow" in the dark areas of the screen.

    I moved the Dual link adapter to my Wacom Cintiq 21" and it worked without a hitch. The adapter was harder to insert initially for the Cintiq but after attachment there were no problems.

    I am using another adapter to connect to my Apple monitor but it only drives to the 1280x800 resolution. There is not another product that will allow me to get the high resolution on the 30" Cinema Display. I now have to decide if I should buy another $99 Dual-Link DVI and try it out or wait for a product to come out that will drive my monitor.

    17 of 18 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    This product is defective?

    • Written by from Vancouver

    I'm seem to have all the problems that others reported here with the Adapter creating "snow" signals and "interference" after using it for random intervals. The only way to resolve it is to unplug and plug in the DVI cable connected to my 30" Dell screen, so I often find myself unplugging and plugging in the DVI cables about a dozen times a day, which is seriously annoying me. This seems like a defective product, and I'm surprised that Apple is allowed to keep selling it.

    23 of 25 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars


    • Written by from Goettingen

    I am using a 30'' screen SAMSUNG SyncMaster 305T plus plugged with this Famous cable to a iMac 24'' and I am having all the problems described in this post:
    -Snow sometimes
    -Some kind of blurriness
    And I need to unplug/replug the cable several times a day!!!!
    This is extremely annoying and also my first deception from apple!!!

    I really wonder if they take those problems in consideration and try to solve it!!!????

    If any one get news about that (like a firmware update coming or in preparation), please let me know...

    Now if you want to know if I recommend it... I am obliged to say that I do since we are obliged (as far as I know... If I wrong let me know!) to use this cable to plug a 30'' screen...

    Good luck with it!
    Best regards

    23 of 23 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars


    • Written by from Jelling

    I use it with my 17'' 3,06 Ghz MAc Book Pro with my Apple CD 30'' display...
    It flickers now and then, and if I connect anything (be it a ketboard fx...) to the hubs on the back of my 30 '' dsiplay - the display goes crazy in couples of minutes or after waking up from sleep. The display and the hubs work just fine on my other Mac Book Pro 2,6 Ghz without the crazy dual adapter... I'ts not OK Apple! You dropped the traditional DVI port, now I pay the price... I want this fixed.

    21 of 22 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    not reliable, and bulky

    • Written by from New Ipswich

    First of all, this thing is huge for a display cable adapter, and the fact that it needs external power from the USB shows a fundamental failure in the Mini DisplayPort design. It's obviously needing to do far too much processing just to drive a display, and the $100 cost proves that.

    If the problems stopped there, it might even be acceptable, though far from ideal.
    However, this thing doesn't even keep working properly. Sometimes it goes for most of a day without flaking out, and other times it happens multiple times per hour. From time to time it flickers and threatens to stop functioning, and then when it finally happens the screen ends up all scrambled. (if you search the web you'll find pictures of this from others). When this happens, you have to unplug it and plug it back in again, or suspend and resume your machine, or do some other trick to re-initialize the display.

    I would get my original unit replaced with a newer one, except that from what I've heard even the new ones have problems, and sometimes worse than the original ones. So until I hear that the problems are fixed, I'm stuck with what I've got.

    26 of 26 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Mostly not usable

    • Written by from Atlanta

    I've had this adapter since I bought my new MacBook in May. It was always flaky but it's getting worse. It loosing sync with the Mac and bounces back and forth between just the Mac's screen and the Cinema Display screen. And sometimes it just doesn't work at all.

    I need something that WORKS.

    17 of 18 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Embarrassment to the company

    • Written by from Belmont

    My 30" Dell monitor worked great with my original MBP, but I've been suffering with apparently many others since upgrading to a 2009 MBP. Upgraded to SL and exchanged my adapter to v1.02 and now I have to deal with a frequent "blinking" of the screen (though now I only infrequently have the distortion issue I had with v1.01). Seems to become less frequent as the work session goes on (is it a 'warming up' issue?), and unplugging/replugging and ctrl-shft-cmd don't always do the trick like they used to.

    The worst part is the apparent lack of acknowledgement by Apple that there is any problem. I understand this may work just fine for some or even many, but it certainly seems like there are enough folks with problems to justify some response.

    27 of 28 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    New MBP and adapter, still poor quality over dark screen areas

    • Written by from Salt Lake City

    We have three older 30" Cinema Displays in our office, three new unibody MBPs (Sept 2009, latest 10.6 updates), and two new Mini DisplayPort to Dual-Link DVI adapters (firmware 1.02).

    With bright or strongly textured backgrounds, no problems at all, everything looks good, monitor stays perfectly in sync. When large black areas are on the screen and the adapters are warmed up, you start to see random red streaks appearing across the dark areas, reminiscent of the kinds of problems seen with bad analog VGA cables and older LCD displays. The easiest way to see it is to set your background to the "Lightning" image in the stock "Black & White" backgrounds. Let everything warm up for an hour or two and look closely at the dark areas at the bottom of the screen.

    With different combinations of hardware, we see the exact same problem, so it really seems to be a design issue. None of our older G4 and Intel macs with DVI ports have any problems with these monitors. Under guidance from the phone support folks, we've reset the PROM on the MBPs, cleared plist files, switched between performance and power-save graphics modes, etc, with no improvement except for brief periods between reboots when the adapters cool down.

    It gets quite annoying after a while if you are using applications with dark backgrounds. The apple staff try to be helpful, but more people need to call them and complain so that more engineering reports are filed; this is the only way to get this remedied. If you're one of the people that think that the adapters work great, please do the above background test and call in if you see noise.

    Apple has a great opportunity to show their high-end users some love here.

    25 of 27 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars


    • Written by from Atlanta

    Purchased a brand new macbook pro - 30" cinema display this adapter and it just plain stinks!

    I had the cinema display for the past 2 years running but using this adapter and the latest macbook pro 2.8ghz laptop I notice tons of feedback in the display.

    So bad that after 2 days I went back to my older 2.2ghz macbook pro.

    Apple please fix!

    24 of 26 people found this useful