Macbook Pro - Cinema Display

Discussion in 'Mac Accessories' started by okstad, May 23, 2011.

  1. okstad macrumors newbie

    Oct 12, 2010

    Before driving 30 min to test this out, i'll ask you guys :)

    Will this chain work?

    Apple Macbook Pro -> minidisplayport to HDMI -> HDMI cable -> HDMI to DVI -> DVI to Cinemadisplay

    Thank you for helping out!!

  2. negatv1 macrumors 6502

    Aug 12, 2005
    Why not mini-displayport from your Macbook Pro directly to Cinema Display? (Assuming current model, which has only mini-displayport)
  3. chrismacguy macrumors 68000

    Feb 13, 2009
    United Kingdom
    It should work, however Id be worried it wouldn't get the full resolution from the Cinema (Depending if its a 20/23/30, which were the DVI based Cinema Displays, and NOT the rare 22" DVI-D one from 1999 (It was acryllic, not silver and generally forgotten). A MiniDisplayPort to DVI straight conversion would be a lot easier, and if its a 30" You'd need MDP -> Dual-Link DVI to get the full res, if its lower, it *should* work okay I think.
  4. peskaa macrumors 68020


    Mar 13, 2008
    London, UK
    No it won't work.

    HDMI supports 1920x1080. Cinema displays are 1920x1200 resolution, and if you try to input a non-supported resolution they just go black.

    Just go MDP to DVI.

    EDIT for clarity. HDMI can support 1920x1200, but frequently strips out EDID information and so forth, causing problems with long display chains like this one.

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