Mini Display Port not Backward Compatible

Discussion in 'Mac Accessories' started by andjevsky, Mar 20, 2009.

  1. andjevsky macrumors newbie

    Mar 20, 2009
    I discovered today upon trying to connect the Apple LED Cinema Display Flat panel to my early 2008 iMac 2.4 Intel Core Duo with a Mini DVI port that there is no existing technical solution because the display has a mini Display port. Even my "old" Mac Air isn't compatible, while the new ones with Mini display ports are. Is there any solution available? Anywhere? If not, why not??? Please advise. This is the kind of insult to one customers that I thought only Microsoft was capable of!

    Please advise.

    Many thanks,

  2. Tallest Skil macrumors P6

    Tallest Skil

    Aug 13, 2006
    1 Geostationary Tower Plaza
    No adapters exist. None are planned. Some say that it is impossible. Tech changes.
  3. Eidorian macrumors Penryn


    Mar 23, 2005
    I hope you didn't buy that display to use on a pre Mini-DisplayPort Mac. :eek:
  4. vga4life macrumors 6502

    Jun 16, 2004
    Sorry, you are out of luck. Return the monitor and consider your lesson learned: don't buy Apple monitors.

    Yes, 'insult' is an excellent description of Mini-DisplayPort. Those of us who have been mac users since before the original iMac remember when these insults were a lot more common from Apple.
  5. brand macrumors 601


    Oct 3, 2006
    I don't see how it can be considered an insult. Especially when you didn't properly research a product prior to purchasing it. It's not Apple's fault that you just assumed that the the connectors would fit. Technology is ever changing and if you don't make an attempt to stay on top of it this is the kind of thing that can happen.
  6. KelchM macrumors regular

    Aug 17, 2007
    Way to be an ass.

    Its pretty ridiculous Apple introduced a monitor that up until very recently only worked with new macbooks.

    It is fine to introduce new standards or support emerging standards. At the same time, supporting one should not mean getting red of an industry wide standard like DVI.
  7. gotzero macrumors 68040

    Jan 6, 2007
    Mid-Atlantic, US
    I completely disagree. Almost all non-Apple display standards are backwards compatible.

    Apple is digging a serious hole. The new laptops/minis/imacs can only work with one monitor in the world without an adaptor. That is laughable. The Mac Pro situation is also ridiculous, returning to an era with cards that have different output connections.

    On a Mac Pro, if you want to run two apple 24"s, you need two video cards. If you want to run two 30"s right now, you either need a $100 adaptor or a second video card. That is garbage. Right now, with a 2008 model, I can run two 30"s off of each of my stock cards with no problems.

    If they want to update their whole display line and encourage others to use the standard, then it might fly, but when your cheapest monitor is $900 and comes with a ton of stuff that is not needed when you have multiple displays, you have a problem.

    I do not think it is a stupid assumption to assume that when you buy a monitor there should be an adaptor to make it work. The only products where you might run into a problem from say 2000 to now all come from the same company...

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