How will I use my thunderbolt port if I have a non-Thunderbolt Cinema Display?

Discussion in 'Mac mini' started by EvilEvil, May 3, 2013.

  1. EvilEvil macrumors 6502

    EvilEvil

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    I'm picking up a mini soon and just realized this. Is there a splitter I can get or is there another work around?
     
  2. TEG macrumors 604

    TEG

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    The only real option is to use a device with TB Passthrough (which many of the external devices have) or a docking system like the one offered by Belkin.

    TEG
     
  3. simsaladimbamba

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    To learn more about Thunderbolt (TB) and its compatibility with Mini DisplayPort (MDP):
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    Or if you want to use other TB devices, put the display at the end of the chain.
     
  4. chrfr macrumors 603

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    You can also use the HDMI port and the DVI adapter with a converter that goes back to MiniDisplayport, like this: http://www.gefen.com/kvm/dproduct.jsp?prod_id=8913

    It's clunky with a lot of extra cables but it's the only way to use your display with Thunderbolt devices that don't do passthrough.
     
  5. benwiggy macrumors 68020

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    Mini >> Thunderbolt device >> Monitor

    Make sure the TB device -- external drive, hub, etc -- has an outgoing TB port.
     
  6. stefanie7055 macrumors newbie

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    I use my Thunderbolt port with an adapter for one of my two displays (they both have DVI and HDMI).

    The adapter is available on the Apple site - should be only $30 or so.
     
  7. Anitramane macrumors 6502

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    Or at cheaper sites for the dollar…
     

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