Connecting 2 Cinema Displays to 13" 2012 MBP

Discussion in 'Mac Accessories' started by stib, Mar 9, 2016.

  1. stib macrumors newbie

    Nov 28, 2004
    I've done some research online and even got ahold of apple support, but didn't get any definitive answers. Is there any way to connect 2 cinema displays to my MPB (last of the non-retinas) simultaneously?

    Both displays are non-thunderbolt, use mini-dvi and only have usb ports on the back. I tried to daisy chain them together via usb, obviously didn't work. I've read that the one other port the MPB has free (firewire) can't send video so that's out.

    Does anyone know if there's a mini dvi Y splitter so I can use the one mini dvi output on the laptop for both? I'd prefer to have separate desktops on each monitor rather than one stretched out.

  2. LiveM macrumors 65816


    Oct 30, 2015
    Run one with a mini displayport to DVI adaptor and the other with an HDMI to DVI adaptor. Both are available from Apple.

    Whoops - looks like your model doesn't have HDMI. I thought it would as my 2012 Mini has one and that's how I do it.
  3. matreya macrumors 65816


    Nov 14, 2009
    The only way you can run two monitors off of your MacBook Pro is if they were both Thunderbolt displays.
  4. stib thread starter macrumors newbie

    Nov 28, 2004

    My mistake, I said mini DVI but meant mini Displayport. Yeah, the MPB only has one thunderbolt port, a firewire port but nothing else for video. Been looking in to the Matrox DualHead2go as a possible solution. A little bit more expensive, but if it works, it's worth it.
  5. LiveM macrumors 65816


    Oct 30, 2015
    If you only want to mirror, I would suggest Airplay to an Apple TV. However, they don't work properly with the 20" Cinema Display.
  6. JTToft macrumors 68040

    Apr 27, 2010
    Aarhus, Denmark

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