Apple cinema display - adjusting brightness?

stretch90

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May 14, 2012
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I just got an Apple cinema display for my PC and I'm wondering how to adjust the brightness. I know there are some compatibility issues but I'm hoping there's a solution to fixing this.
I'm also still considering getting the dell ultrasharp if this doesn't work out...

Anyway, thanks for the help!
 

lixuelai

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Oct 29, 2008
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You need to find Bootcamp 3.1 or 3.2 drivers and install it. It will give you full functionality of the ACD on a PC.
 

stretch90

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May 14, 2012
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You need to find Bootcamp 3.1 or 3.2 drivers and install it. It will give you full functionality of the ACD on a PC.
I tried installing those but I could only find updates and since I don't have 3.0 it won't install.

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Ultrasharps are cheaper and better monitors. Just go with those.
I'm still considering getting an ultrasharp but I'm really liking the gloss screen, makes everything look better to me!
 

lixuelai

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Oct 29, 2008
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Go buy/borrow/bootleg a disk. Its on there. Or you can find the drivers by themselves in nefarious places of the internet...
 

lixuelai

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Oct 29, 2008
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I am not sure what you are implying but I'll give you the benefit of the doubt. However it is not as if the OP is trying to install OS X but trying to find the drivers for his LCD. Obviously if you have a better way by all means share :rolleyes:
 

brand

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I am not sure what you are implying but I'll give you the benefit of the doubt. However it is not as if the OP is trying to install OS X but trying to find the drivers for his LCD. Obviously if you have a better way by all means share :rolleyes:
I do agree that he is not bring to pirate an OS but the drivers are copyrighted also so recommending to pirate them is not advisable. He best bet would be to contact Apple directly
 

lixuelai

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I didn't recommend anything. I gave him his options. It is up to him as to what to do. Also it is arguable that by purchasing the LCD, he purchased the right to use the drivers.
 

brand

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I didn't recommend anything. I gave him his options. It is up to him as to what to do.
You are right the choice it ultimately up to him but it is better to not offer a choice that can come across as a suggestion to some.

Also it is arguable that by purchasing the LCD, he purchased the right to use the drivers.
Just because there are drivers does not mean that he is entitled to use them. The drivers would need to have the proper software licensing to legally use them. I'd like to see that argument stand up in a court of law.

I'm not trying to argue with you if this is coming across as such.
 

cosmicjoke

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Oct 3, 2011
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i recommend he pirate SL, burn a copy, and rub his nuts all over them myself... he bought a $1k display, he should use it - laws be damned.

that said, http://support.apple.com/downloads/#bootcamp

i'm fairly sure you can just download these and use some unarchiving program on the executable to get to the drivers...

let's find out, am downloading update 3.1 for windows 64 bit from link above now

now i'm extracting the executable w/ unarchiver, again i'm extracting BootCampUpdate64.msp...
now I've navigated into BootCamp31ToBootCamp303 folder... in here there is a file called Binary.AppleDisplay_Bin, I am making an educated guess here but I think it's the one, extracting it... and lastly we have a folder w/ drivers DPInst.exe... run that, profit...

I think you don't have to pirate anything, let me know how it works out.
 
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stretch90

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May 14, 2012
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i recommend he pirate SL, burn a copy, and rub his nuts all over them myself... he bought a $1k display, he should use it - laws be damned.

that said, http://support.apple.com/downloads/#bootcamp

i'm fairly sure you can just download these and use some unarchiving program to get on the executable to get to the drivers...

let's find out, am downloading update 3.1 for windows 64 bit from link above now

now i'm extracting the executable w/ unarchiver, again i'm extracting BootCampUpdate64.msp...
now I've navigated into BootCamp31ToBootCamp303 folder... in here there is a file called Binary.AppleDisplay_Bin, I am making an educated guess here but I think it's the one, extracting it... and lastly we have a folder w/ drivers DPInst.exe... run that, profit...

I think you don't have to pirate anything, let me know how it works out.
Ok, so I installed boot camp 3.1 but how do I actually get access to change the brightness now. Since its only driver I cant find any program to open...
 

cosmicjoke

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Oct 3, 2011
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Ok, so I installed boot camp 3.1 but how do I actually get access to change the brightness now. Since its only driver I cant find any program to open...
Well, that's a good question... w/ my thunderbolt displays it's done through the bootcamp control panel, which i'm not sure you'll be able to use w/ a PC, however i think there might be 3rd party apps that will let you do it.... a quick search revealed this

http://lookanotherblog.com/?p=216

it doesn't seem like it fully works for 64 bit windows, is an old project
but there is a work around, extract the files out of the .msi and run acdmon and use the key binds control + alt + num-
and control + alt + num+
to adjust brightness

(can read about it in comment)

there might be better options than this software, just my leet 5 second google skills here :rolleyes:
 

lixuelai

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Oct 29, 2008
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The Bootcamp utility works on a PC. It is mostly done to use the media buttons on an Apple keyboard on a PC but it applies to this case as well.
 

stretch90

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Original poster
May 14, 2012
12
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Well, that's a good question... w/ my thunderbolt displays it's done through the bootcamp control panel, which i'm not sure you'll be able to use w/ a PC, however i think there might be 3rd party apps that will let you do it.... a quick search revealed this

http://lookanotherblog.com/?p=216

it doesn't seem like it fully works for 64 bit windows, is an old project
but there is a work around, extract the files out of the .msi and run acdmon and use the key binds control + alt + num-
and control + alt + num+
to adjust brightness

(can read about it in comment)

there might be better options than this software, just my leet 5 second google skills here :rolleyes:
Well still doesnt seem to be working for me. I guess Ill trying to find an solution...
 

212rikanmofo

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I've tried running Apple Control Panel.exe that I got from a bootcamp image file and it says error about not being able to change up startup disk? I am using Windows 7 64bit on a PC btw, I don't have a mac computer. I just want to be able to use my apple keyboard and 30" cinema display with my PC and be able to get all the keys functioning to work.
 
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