late 2008 unibody dual-link DVI-D compatible?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by Potatochobit, Jan 25, 2012.

  1. Potatochobit macrumors regular

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    hello

    I am thinking about buying a 30" monitor
    maybe a Dell U3011

    but can the macbook pro GPU handle it?
    I think its a crappy 9600M GT

    the monitor says it needs dual-link DVI-D compatible graphics card
    I have a mini dvi to regular size one already, but how does dual link work?
     
  2. simsaladimbamba

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    You get the MDP to Dual-Link DVI adapter from Apple or Monoprice.
     
  3. Potatochobit thread starter macrumors regular

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    Thanx!

    Im looking at the link you posted
    the mono price MDP to Dual-Link DVI does not seem to have a USB input like the official mac one
    do I need that for anything related to the monitor?
     
  4. simsaladimbamba

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    It does have a USB cable attached to it for the USB hub on the backside, though it has no USB port on the adapter like the Apple one.
    It is called "Mini DisplayPort | Thunderbolt + USB to Dual-Link DVI Adapter"
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  5. Potatochobit thread starter macrumors regular

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    thanx for the help

    Ive decided that instead of one 30" display
    I am going to order two 24" displays 1920x1200 Dell U2410

    do I need a third adapter/splitter to connect two DVI sources to the MDP?
    or is this not possible?
     
  6. alphaod macrumors Core

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    No need any adapter. Just buy a miniDisplayPort to regular DisplayPort cable. The Dell U3011 has a DisplayPort input.

    You cannot connect two monitors to your computer.
     
  7. iLukeJoseph macrumors 6502

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    I thought one of the selling points behind display port was that you could daisy-chain?
     
  8. alphaod macrumors Core

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    No, the selling point of Thunderbolt is you can daisy chain, but that requires buying a Thunderbolt monitor, which is limited to one model only: the Apple Thunderbolt Display, but you can only daisy chain on a 15" or 17" MacBook Pro (the 13" you are limited to 2 monitors, be it 2 external displays or the built-in display with an external).

    The OP's computer does not have Thunderbolt, so therefore this is a moot point.
     

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