Connecting an older Apple Monitor to Macbook Pro

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  1. mmh1227 macrumors newbie

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    Hi all! I have a Macbook pro (late 2013) and an Apple 27" Theatre display (2010) that I am trying to use the theatre display as a second monitor. The sound works with the USB cable and the magsafe to magsafe 2 adapter I bought works fine, however there is no picture on the monitor. My macbook won't even detect the monitor. The monitor cable is a mini display port male end. I plugged it into the macbook's thunderbolt port (female end). Like I said, the macbook isn't even detecting the monitor so is there a compatibility issue with the mini display cord being plugged into the thunderbolt port of my macbook? Other than a hardware issue (I opened up the monitor and didn't see anything obvious) I don't know what else it could be and I had heard there were issues in communication between mini display and thunderbolt.

    PLEASE HELP!
     
  2. mmh1227 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Should the mini display port cord plug into the thunderbolt port and the monitor work automatically?
     
  3. Xeridionix macrumors regular

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    Nothing coming up for the display in the Displays panel of System Preferences? Try holding down the Option key when you open the Displays preferences pane and you should see a button labelled "Detect Displays" at the bottom, try clicking that and see if it makes any difference. Failing that, are you able to replace the cable? Might be worth a shot.
     
  4. mmh1227 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    I was wondering if it was the cables with the issues, is the mini display port cable from the monitor compatible with the thunderbolt 2 port?
     
  5. Altemose macrumors G3

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    Yes. Thunderbolt is backwards compatible with Mini DisplayPort. Does the monitor work with a different Mac?
     
  6. mmh1227 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    I have tried it with a different Mac, no picture and the mac is not detecting the monitor in any way
     
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  8. mmh1227 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Any idea where to find a replacement cable for the Cinema Display with the magsafe, usb and mini display all in one?

    Thanks!
     

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