• 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Snow on screen when waking up, sometimes

    • Written by from BERKELEY

    This product works fine 99.9% of the time with a new Mac Mini/Lion and a Dell U2711 monitor running at 2560x1440.

    The only problem is that when the Mac Mini I am using wakes up from sleep mode, sometimes I get a lot of colored video "snow" on the screen.

    I can remove this snow by power-cycling the monitor. (I am not certain the problem is due to the cable - it could also be the Mac Mini itself or the Dell U2711 monitor at 2560x1440 resolution.)

    I am using firmware version 1.03 of the cable.

    If someone has suggestions, or even a location for support for this, that would be helpful.

    24 of 25 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Works as advertised

    • Written by from Murphy

    It's a little pricey, but it works as advertised. My MBP (2010) drives my 30" Cinema Display without any problems. I haven't experienced the flickering some have talked about. The cable seems kind of bulky, but its length is outstanding. Any shorter and it would pose a major inconvenience in trying to connect. (The Display's actual DVI port is very close to its brick, you see.)

    10 of 11 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Expensive and Bulky

    • Written by from Saint Paul

    For the price, this adapter should include a dual-link DVI cable. The adapter doesn't work properly unless you have the very latest version of the cable (with 1.03 firmware), so don't look for used cables on eBay. The adapter is bulky and requires the use of a USB port (though it does have a USB port on it). If you have a MacBook Air, and especially if you want to use an Air SuperDrive, you will have trouble connecting everything at once. This is because the SuperDrive will not work with USB hubs.

    Sadly, this is the only option available for some people depending on their display. If possible, a Mini DisplayPort or DisplayPort connection (with adapter) is a better bet for hi-res work.

    16 of 17 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Adapter works fine with Samsung SA850

    • Written by from Singapore

    The adapter works fine with Samsung SA850 27" monitor achieving a screen resolution of 2,560x1,440. Make sure the firmware of the adapter is version 1.03.

    14 of 15 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Works Great with my MBP and 30" Cinema Display

    • Written by from Castle Rock

    The adapter works fine my early 2010 15" MBP and my 30" Apple Cinema Display. The monitor powers down into sleep mode when it should, and wakes up quickly. The USB and firewire connectivity via the adapter and monitor work fine as well.

    10 of 12 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 38 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Mini DisplayPort to Dual-Link DVI Adapter

    • Written by from Longwood

    Works perfect!

    10 of 15 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    1.03 firmware does it

    • Written by from Zgorzelec

    My configuration:
    - 20011 mac mini (Core i5 2.5 GHz, 4GB, R6630)
    - Dell U2711

    Works just fine out of the box, no problems at all.

    14 of 20 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Microsoft like solution

    • Written by from New York

    Sure it works but instead of plugging directly into the computer now I need two adapters plus it takes up additional USB port. A major hassle not to mention that it's expensive!

    18 of 19 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Great product!

    • Written by from Christchurch

    With all the negative review, i hesitated on buying it at first. still
    decided to get it so i can power up dell 30" monitor.
    Works perfect. smooth as. No static interference what so ever.
    i have a macbook pro 2010 17".
    For those with second thoughts. Just get it. Dont look at the bad reviews.

    11 of 15 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Cable was hassle free (for me at least)

    • Written by from New York

    I've never written a review but felt that this is such a hotly debated item it deserved some current input. I purchased the item new on July 27th from the 5th Avenue apple store and received the cable with firmware version 1.03 installed on it. I connected my 2008 Macbook Aluminum (version 5,1) to my newly acquired 30" mid-2007 apple cinema display and have not had any problems, it worked perfectly right out of the box.

    I mention all the technical details because maybe the problem is a combination of the a) firmware version of the cable b) computer and c) production date and type of monitor being incompatible. I can confirm that at least this combination works without problems.

    Either way, I'm really happy with the purchase as it works just like a cable should, does its job without any hassle. Only problem is the price, but if you are purchasing a 30" apple cinema display (a professional dual-link DVI monitor), I think it is understood that you may need to spend a little more to support it given that it is a specialty item and there is likely not a very large market for this product.

    13 of 14 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Works after swap

    • Written by from Pittsburgh

    Returned my old Adapter with 1.02 firmware for a new one with 1.03 at local Apple Store (no charge) and my digital noise problem is a thing of the past. If you have one with firmware below 1.03 take it back and get a new one.

    21 of 23 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Worked fine for me

    • Written by from South Hamilton

    I've been using it for over a year with a macmini and older 30" cinema display. Worked first time, every time with no problems. I was worried by the negative reviews, but I had no trouble.

    Some monitors don't require the dual link, so the regular dvi adapter that comes with the macmini works for them.

    10 of 12 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Unacceptable and Apple Support is Unable to Provide Solution

    • Written by from homeland

    I purchased a Makpro with two graphics cards supporting a total of six monitors and four of these adapters for a trading application. Every now and then a monitor will go blank at random and when that happens all the monitors fail to blue screens and when they reinitialize, the contents of all screens are scrambled. Support has asked a lot of questions but has not provided any solutions and now is not responding to my emails. I will have to return the computer and adapters and go back to the dreaded PC's (which have other issues but not this one). Too bad, otherwise, the computer is quite good. I have 8 Macs total so I am not new to them.

    16 of 17 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Adapter is unreliable ... lots of snow

    • Written by from Cary

    I have a Del U3011 display that I use at home and connect my 2009 Unibody via the display port to the display. The cheap DVI Display adapter would not let me get a resolution greater than 1680x1050 and so I sprung the $100 for the Dual-Link DVI adapter.

    It is a very poor quality device as I generally have to change resolutions to get the "snow" to disappear. When it is working its fine but its definitely not worth the $100. The display will also intermittently cut out (blank) for up to 20 seconds and then start working again. I know its not the monitor as I also use it for a Windows box and the Dell display works flawlessly with that system.

    I'm a big Apple fan but on this device they get a major thumbs down.

    29 of 29 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Terrible Quality

    • Written by from Boston

    For $100, you'd expect a reliable piece of electronics. These adapters have done nothing but break and act completely unreliably.

    16 of 17 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Works for Me

    • Written by from LOS ANGELES

    I've had absolutely no problems with this adapter. I'm driving a 30" Apple Cinema Display with an early 2010 Mac Mini with the 2.26 GHz Core 2 Duo processor and the NVIDIA GeForce 9400M graphics processor. Some have said that the adapter needs to be driven with its own power supply, but I'm not using one. Some have said that the adapter needs to have recent firmware. Mine came with firmware version 1.03, which is relatively recent (I bought the adapter in early 2010), so this might be the key as to why it works for me but not for others.

    It doesn't work, however, with my Thinkpad X220 laptop with a Sandy Bridge dual core i7 processor with integrated Intel graphics. With the laptop, I get the flickering that others have described. I had to use a non-Apple DisplayPort to mini DisplayPort adapter, so the problem may be with that adapter, although this is very unlikely. I'm not taking points off for this because Apple clearly states that its adapter is for use with Apple computers only.

    7 of 9 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Works perfectly with 2010 MacBook Air

    • Written by from MOUNTAIN VIEW

    Worked perfectly with my MBA 2010 over MiniDisplay. I've been using this for a week and so far none of the flickering problem (yet!) with my Apple 30" monitor.

    Like other say, maybe it's the new firmware which solves all problem. So make sure you get the latest firmware (I believe mine was 2011-January update).

    7 of 10 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    New IMac + Dell 3007WFP

    • Written by from Lake Dallas

    Like others I was leary about buying this device, given all the bad reviews. But decided to take a chance and glad I did so far. It was easy to install and setup. I did see it flicker my screen to white and back again, but this only occurred once. I do have firmware 1.03.

    16 of 19 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    No worries!!

    • Written by from Wembley

    I agonised over buying this because of all the negative reports but really had no choice to try to get my new Dell U2711 display to work at its best resolution, 2560 x 1440. Much to my relief, when I connected up to my MacBook Pro 17" this evening, it works perfectly!!!!!

    31 of 39 people found this useful