20" Cinema Display : Connecting this beast to a PC.

Discussion in 'Mac Accessories' started by whipstitch, Dec 25, 2006.

  1. whipstitch macrumors newbie

    whipstitch

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    I recently bought a MBP and since the screen is actually brighter than my Cinema display, I brought the latter home to connect to my home PC.

    With the MBP came a converter (which I had already bought since it didn't come with my PB) that allows for adapting to, for instance, a projector from the laptop. I want to do the opposite: connect my Cinema display with DVI plug to a VGA port (I think it's called a VGA port, no?).

    How can I do this; will it work?

    Thanks
     
  2. starfox101 macrumors newbie

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    I have hooked up my 20" to my son's pc, worked fine. I believe the display came with the adapter from vga to dvi, either way I have also hooked up a second display to my g5 it was a vga I had all the adapters needed. I have bought no extras.
     
  3. Spanky Deluxe macrumors 601

    Spanky Deluxe

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    I'm afraid this won't work. The ACDs only accept digital video signals so DVI only. They can't display analogue (VGA) signals. If its a PC though it shouldn't be too hard to put a different graphics card in with a DVI connector, you can pick up DVI graphics cards for next to nothing. :)
     
  4. mkrishnan Moderator emeritus

    mkrishnan

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    Erm, starfox101 are you sure about that? I was pretty sure that the ACDs require a digital input signal. You can get a VGA -> DVI-A adaptor (that sends the analog signal through the analog pins of the DVI), but as far as I know, this will not permit a computer that has no DVI output to display on an ACD.

    Going from a computer that outputs DVI to a VGA display (it almost always works with a simple adapter) is an entirely different matter than going from a computer that outputs VGA to a DVI display that does not accept analog signals.
     

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