Connecting Apple cinema 27" display to pc

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  1. macrumors newbie

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    I was wondering if there is an adapter or cable of some sort where you can plug in the minidisplay port from the ACD to dvi from the video card of a pc?
     
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    CubeHacker

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    Nope, thats single link only. He will need the Atlona DP-400 (must be the 400) to properly display at the full resolution.
     
  4. thread starter macrumors newbie

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    thanks for the replys.
    Wow thats quite a pricy adapter! I was doing some research and i'm thinking that if i upgrade my video card and buy the Radeon 6850 or 6870 (which comes with a minidisplay port plug) then I can use it to connect to the cinema display, which would seem to be a better value than buying that adapter.
     
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    MH01

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    go video card...

    I would recommend a ATI video card that supports mini display port out. The adapters franky cost too much and are a hack, and do not give you full control of resolutions.

    I got a 6870 to run a 24 LED and 27 imac in display mode, works a treat, just do your research which cards work. The new ATI cards even allow for sound to work through the mini displayport
     
  6. macrumors newbie

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    I'm actually thinking about getting at 27" imac and using it my main display for my PC as well. Are there are issues with this setup? Is there a way to toggle the screen between OSX and the PC connected to it?
     
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    cherry su

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    Any video card with a displayport works. If it's a minidisplayport, that's great. If it has a regular displayport, then you need displayport(male) to minidisplayport(female) adapter.
     
  8. macrumors newbie

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    I am not sure if this is entirely true, as the early 5xxx ati cards had issues with these displays. there are other threads indicating this, i'd do a search just to be safe
     
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    CubeHacker

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    This is mostly correct. The ATI 5xxx cards with a built in mini displayport generally do NOT work with the ACD with the exception of the eyefinity 5870 model with 6 mini displayports.

    Luckily, the recently released ATI 68xx line has been released, and so far reports have been that the bug is fixed and they work great on the ACD.

    A few Nvidia cards also have regular displayport outputs, and using a simple $10 converter cable seems to work well too (if you prefer Nvidia cards).
     
  10. macrumors newbie

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    ACD 27" vs wxp/PC: HIS 5970 eyefinity mini diplay port

    well im hoping i might find the right answers here, im planning on the 5970 HIS card, it has 1 mini display port/ hdmi and DVI of course.....also has Eyefinity i only have 1 monitor......i want the ACD 27" LED....do you think i need the DP400....or should i have smooth sailing:cool:
     
  11. macrumors newbie

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    give me some help here macmen..

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814121388

    heres my new video card above from newegg
    i dont have a mini port just DVI and displayport, i just ordered the The Atlona AT-DP400.......i should have a beautiful pix when my ACD 27" arrives ?

    computer system:
    Asus CrossHair IV Extreme AMD/SAS 15k sas drives
    PC system

    Thank you
     
  12. macrumors 6502a

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    DVI to Mini-DisplayPort was not the best solution -- at all -- if you have a regular DisplayPort.

    The best option would've been a DisplayPort to Mini DisplayPort adapter, which is $10. I currently use this on my work-provided Lenovo Thinkpad T410s, which has a DisplayPort connector, to drive a 27" LED Cinema Display: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16812200691

    I'd return that Atlona converter or cancel your order if you can still cancel it before it ships. It is needlessly expensive and complex considering you have a DisplayPort connector on that card.
     
  13. Eric.Anthony, Nov 28, 2010
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    macrumors newbie

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    BTW: if i would use dp400 my pix would have been bad? but the simple converter gives you max viedo...yes?


    good show!
    i see you have the 27" display , i kind of heard different on that one and i needed the dp400....ok i wondered why theres a display port on lots of cards....i will order right now i new there had to be a simple way.
    hows your picture on your acd 27"
    thanks alot
     
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    The only real difference between DisplayPort and Mini-DisplayPort is the physical size of the connector. That's why a simple adapter that basically maps pins to a smaller connector just-plain-works.

    Now if you ONLY had DVI... yeah... then you need something like the Altona. But you have DisplayPort, so save the bulky breakout box and $140. =P

    The 27 LED CD is fine and dandy all things considered, either hooked up to a Mid-2010 Mac Mini or to the Lenovo Thinkpad 410s. There is some lack of backlight uniformity, but that's with any display, and is only really noticeable from a far distance (not the usual 20" viewing distance) when you're basically displaying black. No complaints compared to the previous 23" Aluminum HD Cinema Display.
     
  15. macrumors newbie

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    Mini DisplayPort to Dual-Link DVI Adapter

    i got the hdmi converter to adc and Mini DisplayPort to Dual-Link DVI Adapter,the apple tech said i can use both 1 at a time of course, i wanted both of them i will use the DVI 1st and see as good as it gets.
    so im happy to see things moving now....i will update you
    thanks:D
     
  16. macrumors newbie

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    keeping it simple mrfoo.....

    i ordered the asus 5970 ati card, it has a minidisplay port and i ordered from monoprice.com 6ft. minidisplayport to female minidisplayport other end.
    so im waiting on this now.....now i can have a good good pix without all the mess with breakout boxes like you said keep it simple and clean correct!
    on my pc system and keyboard how do i go into the brightness menu controls on the ACD....thanks mr foo:cool:
     
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    i can atleast confirm the new 6970 cards work great with the ACD, those cards come with x2 mini displayport, and thats great
     
  18. macrumors newbie

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    Mini DisplayPort to regular DisplayPort adapter

    I have been wondering the same thing. I'm in the market for a great 27 inch monitor, and I have a PC. I checked out the Dell UltraSharp U2711 and the Apple Cinema Display 27, and liked the Apple product much more. Looks so wonderful and crisp.

    The folks at Apple had a hard time telling me how to connect the Apple Cinema Display to my brand new laptop. It has only a VGA port and DisplayPort. No DVI. They helped me figure out that the Apple CinemaDisplay has a Male MiniDisplay port that comes out of the monitor. And my PC has a Female DisplayPort on it. So, just found this adapter. I just ordered it and will see if it works:

    http://estore.circuitassembly.com/p...ort-Male-Adapter-Cable.html?revpage=2#reviews

    Less than 20$.

    The page displays a list of video cards that won't work with it, so check before buying!
     
  19. macrumors newbie

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    I've been using the Gefen adapter for about 6 months. Works fine, no issues with it at all. It's not getting hot or making noises. So if you decide on an adapter, I'll give a +1 to the Gefen. But yea, very pricy :(
     
  20. macrumors regular

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    Works fine? The Gefen adapter can't output higher than 1920x1200. Do yourself a favor and get a new video card or an Atlona DP-400! Why buy an Apple LED Cinema 27" if you aren't going to use it @ 2560x1440???
     
  21. macrumors newbie

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    There are also straight MiniDisplayPort-to-DisplayPort cables available. With such a beast, you need no adapter at all.

    Hm... Those cables *do* work both ways, right? (That is, between e.g. a Mac and a Dell monitor *and* between a ThinkPad and an Apple Cinema Display.)
     

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