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Old May 15, 2012, 12:51 AM   #1
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Problem connecting thunderbolt display to PC!

Hi Everyone,

I'm trying to connect my thunderbolt display to my PC by using a mini displayport to displayport cable, my video card is an ati 6950. However, my cpu won't recognize the monitor so it won't turn on. Does anyone know what I can do about this? Thanks!
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Old May 15, 2012, 01:41 AM   #2
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Hi Everyone,

I'm trying to connect my thunderbolt display to my PC by using a mini displayport to displayport cable, my video card is an ati 6950. However, my cpu won't recognize the monitor so it won't turn on. Does anyone know what I can do about this? Thanks!
That video card won't support it. No video card currently supports it. Only one motherboard (non-apple) supports it.
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Old May 15, 2012, 02:03 AM   #3
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That video card won't support it. No video card currently supports it. Only one motherboard (non-apple) supports it.
Really? How do you know that?
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Old May 15, 2012, 03:23 AM   #4
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The ATD only supports TB video, not mDP. It doesn't even support any Macs with mDP.

OTOH... it is a great monitor for my MBA. It is like having a full docking station.

/Jim
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Old May 15, 2012, 08:30 AM   #5
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The only way you can use the Thunderbolt display with your PC is to buy the MSI Z77A-GD80 Thunderbolt motherboard.
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Old May 15, 2012, 08:51 AM   #6
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The only way you can use the Thunderbolt display with your PC is to buy the MSI Z77A-GD80 Thunderbolt motherboard.
So that would be using the on-board video card I guess?

What about the cinema display, would that work with what I have?
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Old May 15, 2012, 09:29 AM   #7
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So that would be using the on-board video card I guess?

What about the cinema display, would that work with what I have?
Yes the cinema display should work just fine.
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Old May 15, 2012, 10:57 AM   #8
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Yes the cinema display should work just fine.
Thanks! Guess I'm off to the Apple store again today.

btw, do you know if there's any difference between the two displays besides the connection? I know the thunderbolt connection would also improve performance because of it's transfer rate, but is there anything else?
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Old May 15, 2012, 12:14 PM   #9
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btw, do you know if there's any difference between the two displays besides the connection? I know the thunderbolt connection would also improve performance because of it's transfer rate, but is there anything else?
You compare the specs -- same as comparison shopping for anything else:
http://store.apple.com/us/product/MC007LL/A#overview
http://store.apple.com/us/product/MC...ode=MTY1NDA5OQ
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Old May 15, 2012, 11:04 PM   #10
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You compare the specs -- same as comparison shopping for anything else:
http://store.apple.com/us/product/MC007LL/A#overview
http://store.apple.com/us/product/MC...ode=MTY1NDA5OQ
Well I got the cinema display now but it's going to take a few days to order in a mini displayport to displayport adapter, since I need the female end. Hopefully it will work when everything comes in

Thanks for the help!
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Old May 16, 2012, 07:14 AM   #11
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So that would be using the on-board video card I guess?

What about the cinema display, would that work with what I have?
Actually no, the beauty of TB is that the display WILL use your AMD/nVidia video card, even if it's plugged into the mobo. It's part of Intel's Virtu technology. That being said, I'm not sure if the MSI board is even available yet --- and it might be easier to just get the DisplayPort version if you want to use it with a PC or game consoles.
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