Apple 27" display and work laptop via VGA

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  1. Uabcar macrumors 6502

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    I really want to pickup either the 27" cd or tb display. My main machine is a late 2009 mini. Works fine for now but will likely upgrade it in a year or two (so a tb display would make more sense long term).

    My problem is that I somehow need to be able to connect my work PC to it via a VGA cable when I work from home. Is there an easy solution to this that does not involve manually swapping cables? Preferably a switching box of some sort. Obviously I want to run the mini at 2560x1440 so I expect this limits switching solutions to some extent.

    Any ideas.
     
  2. wrinkster22 macrumors 68030

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    you will have to get the cinema display. Not the thunderbolt. Sorry.
     
  3. Intell macrumors P6

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    There is no way to get a 27" Apple display to run off of a VGA connection. DVI, maybe. But never VGA.
     
  4. Uabcar thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Thanks. Just read about that.

    Based on the last response- sounds like there is no solution for connecting a cd via VGA.
     
  5. Heavertron macrumors regular

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    I had to get the TB display, it is wonderful. My crummy solution was to buy £100 Dell 1080p monitor just to use with my windows PC, therefore having two monitors. Even a ACD will need an expensive dual link DVI to MDP switch to run two systems, these can cost £100 alone. No good solution really.
     
  6. Ashok0 macrumors regular

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    Actually, I did manage to get my ACD27" to work with my old VGA Xbox 360 by going from VGA (Xbox)->VGA->HDMI, HDMI->mDP->mDP (ACD27") but the video was only 480p.

    That being said, I have no idea if such a daisy chain would work on a notebook or if it would support 2560x1440.
     
  7. Intell macrumors P6

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    This step requires a converter to convert the analog VGA signal to a digital HDMI signal. But it would never look nice or be able to drive the 27" ACD at its full resolution.
     

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