Can I use 27'' Cinema Display on Windows machine with MiniDP input?

Discussion in 'Mac Accessories' started by dietpixel, Jul 21, 2011.

  1. dietpixel macrumors newbie

    Jul 21, 2011
    I want to use my 27'' LED ACD with a pure Windows machine.

    I'm looking at getting this graphics card:

    I've read things about brightness issues and being able to control it. Do I need to worry about this if I have the correct graphic card. How can I fix it if there is an issue. Anybody have any ideas?

  2. Battlefield Fan macrumors 65816

    Battlefield Fan

    Mar 9, 2008
    Yes you can use it. I assume you already have the monitor. The new display annouced yesterday would not work fyi.

    You are not going to be able to adjust the brightness. If this is a problem then you'll have to find a mac with a mini display port and change the brightness that way.
  3. Ashok0, Jul 22, 2011
    Last edited: Jul 22, 2011

    Ashok0 macrumors regular

    Jul 27, 2010
    Er... that's not true, Battlefield Fan. The OP can absolutely change the brightness on a pure Windows machine. OP, the mDP version of the Apple LED Cinema Displays 27" is 100% compatible with PCs running AMD Radeon 6xxx cards (or any nVidia GeForce cards with DisplayPort). Brightness can be adjusted from 0-100% by running AppleControlPanel.exe which I have provided a link for below. I extracted the file from the official Apple BootCamp package. The only possible quirk is that if your PC's BIOS is set to AHCI mode instead of IDE, you need a bootable disc in your DVD (such as a Windows 7 disc) to allow the exe file to launch. Otherwise, there are zero issues with controlling brightness on a PC.

    Here is a link to both X64 and X86 AppleControlPanel.exe

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