new monitor for classic quad mac pro mid 2010

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  1. Sossity macrumors 6502a

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    When I went to turn on my mac tower, the monitor would not turn on, the power led flashed a little bit, then went off.

    I googled apple cinema display monitor light blink and found a trick to use scotch tape to cover the middle pin, I tried this, and it seemed to work for now. My display is the older apple cinema with the silver bezel.

    But I think it might be time for a new monitor, I would like one that will work with my mid 2010 classic mac pro, it is the 2.8 ghz quad core, with 24 gb of ram. i am currently running mavericks 10.9.5 on it.

    I know it is an old pc now, but it so far wrks, and am now on the lookout for a compatible monitor.

    I would like to keep it under $250.00 if possible, I do a little graphics, internet, and run a virtual machine windows through parallels desktop.
     
  2. thats all folks macrumors 6502a

    thats all folks

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    there are several hundreds of different monitors (between past and present models) that will likely work on that machine. monitors of all shapes, sizes, resolutions, connectivity, features and technologies. you don't mention which of the aluminum cinema displays you had nor how well that model suited you needs. you don't mention which graphics card you have nor it's ports. we can assume you have at least DVI (from the Cinema Display). you do mention you want cheap, so go with that.

    search on Amazon or Newegg for a monitor with DVI that fits your budget and see what comes up.
     
  3. Sossity, Oct 9, 2016
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    Sossity thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    ok, I will provide more details, the cinema display I have now is the aluminum one from the early 2000s, the 20 inch with aluminum bezel. Mac pro has the ATI Radeon 5770 1024 MB.

    The mac pro has dvi too, but no thunderbolt.

    The monitor suited me fine until it started doing this, I did like the matt display.

    Is that better? clearer?
     
  4. thats all folks macrumors 6502a

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    the 20" Cinema Display has a resolution of 1680 by 1050 at a 16:10 aspect ratio.

    my preference would be to stick with that aspect ratio but step up to a 23"-24" monitor with a resolution of 1920 by 1200. but it will be cheaper to go 1920 by 1080, 16:9. a decision you will have to make. I like the greater amount of vertical resolution.

    the only brand I can honestly recommend is NEC. the problem with that is, their stuff is good because they don't make cheap monitors. Dell would be a good second choice, just keep the box as their quality control is far below that of NEC. again, your have hundreds of models to choose from. read some reviews and figure out what is important to you.
     
  5. JTToft, Oct 9, 2016
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    JTToft macrumors 68040

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    I say go with a 2560 x 1440. The machine can easily handle it. It's really worth it to break out of that 1920 x 1080/1200 realm, but it'll be more expensive.

    If you can stretch your budget up to $300, the Dell UltraSharp U2515H would be an excellent choice and a massive upgrade over your Cinema Display.

    If it must be below $250, you'll have to compromise on resolution. UltraSharp U2415 at 1920x1200 is probably a good bet in that bracket. Or U2414H at 1920x1080.
     

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