Mac Mini --> Thunderbolt Display --> Cinema Display. possible?

Discussion in 'Mac mini' started by Hessel, Feb 17, 2013.

  1. Hessel macrumors member

    Nov 24, 2011
    alright I realize this is kind of an old question but I'm gonna ask it anyway since it hasn't been answered for the CURRENT generation Mac Mini.

    I already have a 2012 Mac Mini and a 27 inch Cinema Display. Can I just go out & buy a Thunderbolt Display and connect my 27 inch Cinema Display to that and have it work?

    Last year Apple supposedly said it was impossible, but maybe things have changed in the current generation Macs. so is it possible?

    if it's not I wouldn't mind adding an extra Thunderbolt device in between the two screens to make it work.

    are there any people running this EXACT setup? (mac mini, TBD, ACD) and what's your experience?
  2. uncleMonty macrumors regular

    Jun 8, 2012
    Nope. The problem is not with your new Mac mini, it is that the Thunderbolt displays do not have displayPort passthrough. Apparently, though (I haven't tried it myself), it is possible to do one of these daisychains--I can't remember which:

    MM -> TD -> external storage -> ACD
    MM -> external storage -> TD -> ACD

    The details are in Anandtech's review of the Thunderbolt displays.
  3. blevins321 macrumors 68030

    Dec 24, 2010
    Winnipeg, MB
    Yep, this is correct. You have to have another Thunderbolt device between the TD and the ACD.
  4. paulrbeers macrumors 68040

    Dec 17, 2009
    As stated, this is your solution:

    MM -> TD -> external storage -> ACD

    I believe it was that figured this out.

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