Old Apple display; unibody MBPs?

Discussion in 'Mac Accessories' started by Bigsy, Jul 17, 2009.

  1. Bigsy macrumors newbie

    Jul 3, 2009
    Hi all,

    I'm still looking to get a monitor for my early 2009 MBP and was wondering if it would be compatible with one of the old (20, 23 or 30 inch) displays from apple; i love their design.

  2. Mr. Giver '94 macrumors 68000

    Mr. Giver '94

    Jun 2, 2008
    Unfortunately not. I'm not sure if they make an appropriate adapter.
  3. lixuelai macrumors 6502a

    Oct 29, 2008
    You just need the MDP->DVI adapter for the 20" and 23" and the MDP->DL-DVI for the 30". Even the ADC ones should work with the MDP->DVI->ADC.
  4. Bigsy thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jul 3, 2009
    Thanks for the quick reply...

    How much would that adapter cost? Do Apple make them?

    Money isn't that much of an issue because I'm saving up and I can wait, so do you think I'd be better going for the old 23" (would I be able to run this with my MBP in clamshell?) or the new Cinema Display?
  5. Sedulous macrumors 68020


    Dec 10, 2002
    Depends on what model display you are referring to. If you want one of the old cinema/studio displays that use the ADC style plug (single cable/plug carries video/power/USB) then you need a very expensive ADC to DVI adapter (and of course the DVI to minidisplay port adapter). If you want to connect the aluminum cinema displays, then you only need the DVI to DVI-minidisplay port adapter.
  6. Bigsy thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jul 3, 2009
    Urghhh this is so complicated, I'm a total technophobe :p

    I think I'm just going to go with the new Apple CD where compatibility is ensured. Thanks all for the help :)
  7. rtheb macrumors 6502

    Jul 21, 2008

    Older "crystal clear" 20" Apple Cinema Display


    Newer "aluminum" 20" Apple Cinema Display


    The 23" "crystal clear" Display [​IMG]
    is here

    and the 23" "aluminum" Display[​IMG] is here

    Just be sure you purchase the newer aluminum 20" or 23" and the Mini DisplayPort to DVI Adapter[​IMG] at Monoprice for less than $10.00

    and save $$$.
  8. Bigsy thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jul 3, 2009
    Thank you!!

    I live in the UK, where would be a good place to get this adapter from?

    Can I use this with a PC?
  9. rtheb macrumors 6502

    Jul 21, 2008
    Mini DisplayPort to DVI Adapter at Apple.com/uk.

    You can Use the 20" or 23" Aluminum ACD with a PC as long as you have a DVI output on your video card. The ACD has no VGA input.

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