Problem connecting thunderbolt display to PC!

Discussion in 'Mac Accessories' started by stretch90, May 14, 2012.

  1. macrumors newbie

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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!
     
  2. macrumors regular

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    That video card won't support it. No video card currently supports it. Only one motherboard (non-apple) supports it.
     
  3. thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Really? How do you know that?
     
  4. macrumors 68040

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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
     
  5. macrumors regular

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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.
     
  6. thread starter macrumors newbie

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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?
     
  7. macrumors regular

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    Yes the cinema display should work just fine.
     
  8. thread starter macrumors newbie

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    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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  11. macrumors regular

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    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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