20 in cinma disply DVI adpater too big for DVI hookup on 2010 macbook pro

Discussion in 'Mac Accessories' started by Sossity, Apr 5, 2011.

  1. Sossity macrumors 65816

    May 12, 2010
    I just got a 20in matte apple cinema display & find that the DVI cable & adapter that came with the display is way too big for the smaller DVI hookup on my 2010 i7 macbook pro.

    Do I also have to hook up the usb & firewire 400 cable that came with the display for the display to work? my macbook pro only has a single firewire 800 port & I am using it for an external hard drive

    also, noticed the power button & brightness buttons dont seem to depress when pushed, it is like they are fixed.
  2. stridemat Moderator


    Staff Member

    Apr 2, 2008

    The 2010 Macbook has a mini display port, thus you will need a display port to dvi adapter.
  3. TEG macrumors 604


    Jan 21, 2002
    Langley, Washington
    The 2009 and later Macs use MiniDisplay port. To connect a DVI screen, you will need a MiniDisplay port to DVI adapter.

    The idea is that you connect the Firewire cable to the computer in order to use the ports on the screen. If you don't want to use them, then you don't have to connect the cable.

    The buttons are touch sensitive, and don't depress. That is how most Apple Display screens, at least the LCD ones, have always been.

  4. Sossity thread starter macrumors 65816

    May 12, 2010
    could you link me to a good one that will work? preferably one that is not too expensive? I notice there are DVI-D & DVI-I which of these should I get & what is the difference?

    when I hook up the monitor, do I just turn my laptop on & it will power it? or will I need to press to monitor power button too?

    are there any settings in system preferences that I need to make to use the monitor?

    when I power down my laptop, will the monitor power down along with it?
  5. innominato5090 macrumors 6502


    Sep 4, 2009
    I've the same display and it powers up/down with your computer. no need to press other stuff. and yes, as long as you have te right adapters(s) the monitor just works. no settings required
    talking of adapters, you'll need a "DVI to minidisplay port" adapter, I purchased the apple one (a tad bit pricy) but you can buy a generic one. in the last case, pay attention to the model, you'll need a DVI-D one (apple has only one DVI adapter)
    personally I just plug the video cable and the USB cable, cause I don't need those two FireWire ports

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