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Old Apr 23, 2012, 04:58 PM   #1
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Macbook Air to older Cinema HD Display

Is it possible to hook up an older Apple Cinema HD Display (think its around a 2005 model, aluminum build, approx. 23" maybe) monitor to my new MBA 13"?

The monitor has a power adapter with it that looks to have a DVI input, a firewire input, and a USB input. (I didn't research before and I bought a thunderbolt to VGA connector, but then realized a minute ago that its not a second USB but a fire port input!)

Can I make this work? (Its just sitting around my office not getting use) HELP!

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Old Apr 23, 2012, 05:04 PM   #2
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You need a Mini DisplayPort to DVI adapter.
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Mini DisplayPort (MDP) / Thunderbolt
Mini DisplayPort is the current digital standard on all current Macs to transfer video to an external display or TV. It has been introduced in 10/2008 with the release of the Unibody MacBook and MacBook Pros and has gradually been adopted on all other Macs.
MDP is capable of transmitting video, and since 2010, audio too. MDP is a miniaturised version of DisplayPort. It is also license free and can support resolutions of up to 2560 x 1600, which Mini DVI and Micro DVI are not able to do.
Since 2011, all Macs come with a Thunderbolt port, which is meant for fast data transfer and also as means to connect to an external display device to mirror or extend the Mac's screen.
To learn more about Thunderbolt (TB) and its compatibility with Mini DisplayPort (MDP): Introducing Thunderbolt
MDP adapters and cables can be bought online from:
Apple Online Store (or the physical Apple Store)
Monoprice
Also of interest: "What is "Mini DisplayPort"? Is it an industry-standard? How is it different from or better than Mini-DVI and Micro-DVI?"
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Common video interfaces on Macs and the appropriate adapters to connect to other display devices

Most common audio interfaces on external computer displays, TVs and the Mac
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The above is correct, however, you will not need Dual Link unless it is a 30" screen, and the firewire is optional, as it just connects to a hub in the screen.

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The above is correct, however, you will not need Dual Link unless it is a 30" screen, and the firewire is optional, as it just connects to a hub in the screen.

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So what does the Firewire do?
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So what does the Firewire do?
FireWire is handy for Video Cameras and external hard drives. Nothing for most people to worry about it.
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So what does the Firewire do?
Oh, ok , thanks. Wonder why its a connection for the monitor hookup. It was previously plugged in to that on my MacPro it was hooked up too as well.
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Old Apr 24, 2012, 10:48 AM   #7
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MDP adapters

wow ! MDP adapters and cables
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