help: just bought my wife a new apple cinema display for an older macbook pro 15

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  1. mdh95070, Mar 31, 2011
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    mdh95070 macrumors member

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    I just bought my wife a new apple cinema display monitor 27 inch.... and guess what? I thought her 2008 macbook pro 15 inch had a mini display port... it looks like this unit is older than i expected... maybe 3 or 4 years old? Will her DVI port be able to drive this monitor to its full range or do i need to return it? I can't believe I did not check this out... i did a ton of searches, but could not find a clear answer.

    thanks!!!!
     
  2. alust2013 macrumors 601

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    It would work, but it would require a $200 adapter. I'd probably just return it and get a non-apple display for cheaper that won't require an expensive adapter.
     
  3. mdh95070 thread starter macrumors member

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    Thank you. Which adapter?
     
  4. Frosties macrumors 6502a

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    Just return the screen and get one with proper connection for her computer. Don't bother trying to find those very expensive connection boxes.
     
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    That is the wrong one for him. The one he must have is the AT-DP400 for $199.00. As stated on the web page from above.

    Please note that the AT-DP200 is limited to a single link and only 1920x1200, and can't work with 2560x1440 it will take the next resolution down the list which is 720p. The supplier suggest AT-DP400 which will allow dual link resolutions (such as 2560x1440) to pass through. The AT-DP400 is specifically designed to work with iMac 27-inch and 27-inch LED which can support resolutions up to 2560x1600.

    The right one is here: http://www.atlona.com/Atlona-Dual-Link-DVI-to-Mini-DisplayPort-Converter-USB-Powered.html

    So again: Please do your wife and the wallet a favor and return the screen.
     
  7. mdh95070 thread starter macrumors member

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    thanks for the advice.... i got a great deal on the ACD.... the return shipping will about $40-50, return shipping back to Apple as the local apple store won't take it back (for cash) since i opened the box (only store credit). I found the at-dp400 for about $145. I am sure I will be getting my wife a new MP over the next couple of years and will likely e-bay the converter. BTW, it is really hard to find a vendor that has the converter in stock.... very short supply. The good news is this converter will allow me to connect HDMI devices with an additional cable.
     
  8. Joshuarocks macrumors 6502

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    Hahha.. here is one better.. look at Kanex at OWC.. Was 129.. now its 99.00 = I am using my 24 inch LED Cinema display with my Power Mac G5 Quad and it works great! The only thing that won't seem to work is isight. I have to get in touch with Kanex to see if isight will work.

    Its better than the Atlona model and less money.
     

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