MB & 30'' screen????

CooperSwrks

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I’ve finally made the switch to Mac with the purchase of a Macbook and have specified an upgrade of ram to 1gig and the hard disk to 100 gig. (I already have an Archos AV 700 100 gig, which works fantastically well as both backup and video ipod)

My question concerns the compatibility of the Macbook with the Apple 30’ Cinema screen, the people in the shop assume it will work but in that lays my query…. Will it work?

I’ve been running a dell laptop (ahh duck)…. Whoosh (ya missed) with a Samsung 32’ lcd tv as monitor No.2 for about 18 months and it all works very well. Particularly when playing DVD’s. I’m hoping to replicate this scenario using the Mac and the Apple screen.
 

Killyp

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Jun 14, 2006
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It will work alright, but it might not run at the full resolution the screen is capable of.

What is the maximum resolution of the screen?
 

eva01

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Gah! Plymouth
MB cannot run a 30" ACD. A MBP and PM are the only two machines capable of this currently. (As it needs a dual DVI port)
 

j26

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I don't think it works - it doesn't have dual DVI. I gather the largest ACD it will work on is the 23" (1920 x 1200)

Larger screens with the same resolution work fine aparently (such as Dell 24").
 

tdhurst

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Dec 27, 2003
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Nope...

The Macbook will absolutely NOT work with the 30" ACD.

You need a dual link DVI connection, which only the latest 15&17" powerbooks, the macbook pros and most newish G5 powermacs possess.
 

CooperSwrks

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Thanks, I had a feeling that it may not work, although I’m a bit concerned to think that the people in the store “in the know” actually thought it would work. The pixel resolution on the apple 30’ screen is greater than HD pixel ratio’s of new HD LCD’s.

The Samsung screen I was using only had 1024 by 786 pixel ratio and the apple is 2560 by 1600. Effectively 4 times the size.
 

tdhurst

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Good observation...

The 30" is actually two 15" screens put together, you know. That's the reason it requires the special dual link card.
 

WildCowboy

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appleretailguy said:
The 30" is actually two 15" screens put together, you know. That's the reason it requires the special dual link card.
Go ahead...try to arrange two 15" screens to make a 30" one.
 

Mord

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Aug 24, 2003
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CooperSwrks said:
Apple 30’
i dident know apple made a 30 foot screen :cool: :cool:

anyway, basically no. It's not the physics size of the screen more the number of pixels, DVI can only do 1920x1200 any more and it needs to have an extra link to allow up to 2560x1600
 

Mord

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appleretailguy said:
Have you ever seen a 30" ACD disassembled?

wtf are you all talking about, if anything it's 4x 15" screens, but it's not it's just one big 30" panel with multiple backlights.
 

Mord

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the 30" has near twice the pixels of two 19" screens (2.5m for 2x 19" at 1440x900 widescreen, 4m pixels for 2560x1600)
 

ziutek

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Just to clarify - when non-dual dvi devices are plugged into the 30" monitor, the monitor will work at the resolution of 1280x800, but nothing higher.