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Acorn
Jan 13, 2013, 04:49 PM
Is it possible to hook up a thunderbolt display plus a 1600x1200 display to the mac air? I thought I read somewhere it wasnt possible to chain a non thunderbolt display to a thunderbolt display.



Stetrain
Jan 13, 2013, 05:43 PM
Is it possible to hook up a thunderbolt display plus a 1600x1200 display to the mac air? I thought I read somewhere it wasnt possible to chain a non thunderbolt display to a thunderbolt display.

You have to have another Thunderbolt device in between, like this:

[Macbook]->[Thunderbolt Display]->[Thunderbolt hard drive]->[Mini-Displayport adapter]->[Second Monitor]

It has to be a non-display Thunderbolt device which has two Thunderbolt ports for daisy chaining, like this one:

http://www.amazon.com/Seagate-Thunderbolt-Desktop-External-STCB3000400/dp/B009HPGBNY/ref=sr_1_4?ie=UTF8&qid=1358120581&sr=8-4&keywords=seagate+thunderbolt+desk

Acorn
Jan 13, 2013, 07:04 PM
ok thanks. kinda expensive but at least its possible

Stetrain
Jan 13, 2013, 08:31 PM
ok thanks. kinda expensive but at least its possible

Another option would be to use a USB display adapter like this: http://www.iogear.com/product/GUC2020DW6/

As I understand it they don't offer performance as good as when using the Thunderbolt/Displayport video output built into the laptop, so it probably wouldn't work well for games and such.

Acorn
Jan 14, 2013, 12:25 AM
Another option would be to use a USB display adapter like this: http://www.iogear.com/product/GUC2020DW6/

As I understand it they don't offer performance as good as when using the Thunderbolt/Displayport video output built into the laptop, so it probably wouldn't work well for games and such.

thanks. I do have one of those usb adapters from a past setup but if i remember correctly it did not work well with a cintiq which is what the 1600x1200 display is. I think I tried it and there was massive lag.