Apple Cinema Display: firewire on unibody macbooks

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by mrzeve, Mar 18, 2009.

  1. mrzeve macrumors 6502a

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    So I'm about to pick up a 20" off craigslist...

    I remembered that there are firewire ports on the display. My question is, how does the interface work. Do you use it like a hub and plug into the computer, and then connect devices to the monitor, or is there another way that would make the firewire ports on the display work with the macbook.

    Let me know,
    thanks.
     
  2. aaquib macrumors 65816

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    I have the same setup and there is no way to use the FW ports on the display.
     
  3. reubs macrumors 68000

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    So the FW ports on teh back of the cinema display cannot be used for devices? That doesn't seem to make much sense...
     
  4. aaquib macrumors 65816

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    It's a FireWire hub. It needs to plug into a FireWire port to get power. The MacBook has no FireWire port...
     
  5. Tallest Skil macrumors P6

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    That is correct on both accounts. There is nothing to be done about it.
     
  6. mrzeve thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Thanks for the answers guys. It was what I had assumed.

    Does anyone know of any defects on the 20" model model a1081. Wanna make sure it doesn't have any lasting known issues.
     
  7. techound1 macrumors 68000

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    I've got that model and it's been a champ for me through two MBPs.
     
  8. reubs macrumors 68000

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    That's where my confusion was. I neglected to pay attention to the fact that the OP had a unibody MB. Silly me to forget that a feature had been dropped!
     

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