DVI-D just means it's digital-to-digital. There's nothing special about it. Some displays use DVI-A, which is digital-to-analog. And some are DVI-I which is digital-to-analog/digital (ie. both).submike said:I've run across an article stating that Sony Vaio's use a different type of DVI called DVI-D. I know desktop PC's will run, but you have to have a specific card to work with the display.
Does the DVI-to-VGA converter is same as the natively installed DVI port as far as the graphics performance is concerned? I am wondering those converter will degrade the quality of graphics on the screen. If so, ACD will be the over-kill for those PC's without DVI port.hob said:It connects to DVI as you know, but there's a converter in the box, nice little white thing, that converts DVI to VGA. So you can use the display with and standard DVI or VGA port.
A DVI-VGA adapter is completely different then a VGA-DVI adapter, they CANNOT be used interchangeably. DVI-VGA adapters cost about $30 while a VGA-DVI cost $100. It is much more difficult to convert analog to digital. Don't confuse the two, if you do choose this route, make sure it is a VGA-DVI adapter, you'll be able to tell by the price.hob said:It connects to DVI as you know, but there's a converter in the box, nice little white thing, that converts DVI to VGA. So you can use the display with and standard DVI or VGA port.
Hope that helps.
The Z11 will drive the 23" ACD with certainly the VGP-PRZ1, I've never tried an HDMI->DVI adapter so I don't know about that, but I would imagine it would be able to push out 1920 x 1200 to DVI through HDMI as well. The DVI-I port on the PRZ1 and of course the HDMI port would be single-link. Consequently a 30" ACD would most likely be recognised only as 1280 x 800 via DVI. One of my Z11's is running occasionally on a Dell 2407WFP-HC through the aforementioned VGP-PRZ1 and I have no problems.Due to problems using my desktop (with Lightroom), I am mnow trying to use ACD with Vaio - I have now at lastt found an HDMI adapter so I can plug ACD into laptop - and the display works but only at 1200 x 800 or similar -from these old posts it looks like I might not be able to drive 30" ACD from the Vaio - does any one know for sure in 2008?
It's really only the larger machines, or those with docking stations with have DVI ports as a rule. There are certain exceptions but actually, I find that the docking station approach makes much more sense than what Apple does, unless you're too tight (or confused by the components available to order for your machine - a common problem perhaps with those weaned with Apples) to buy said docking station. I can leave all the connections in and undock usually by a one-button deal.Thanks for the input everyone. Here's some more info on why I originally posted this thread, maybe it will spawn some other ideas.
I currently have a 15" Apple PowerBook with the latest 20" Apple Cinema Display. I also have a 2 year old Dell Desktop with 2 monitors. I'm a web designer/developer, so I do a lot of development/testing on both machines.
Well, my girlfriend and I will be moving to a much smaller condo/apartment in the next 2 months. I was thinking about getting rid of the desktop and two monitors, and replacing them with a PC laptop that I could use dual display mode with the Cinema Display. I do a lot of development in flash, and it's just easier to work with 2 displays.
So, back to the PC laptops. Most of the laptops I've come across have a VGA output. Some say you can use this (Gefen VGA-to-DVA conversion box), but I want to avoid using such a device (if possible). Essentially, I'm looking for a laptop that will function the same as my powerbook when I hook it up to the cinema display.
I guess I'm looking for actual experiences from people who have the same setup.
Just buy a HDMI -> DVI adapter?I am having similar problems. I need to connect an Apple Cinema display to a Dell Laptop with VGA and HDMI ports. The Monitor has a DVI lead. Is there any way of making the monitor work without buying a seperate adaptor box. I am happy to purchase a lead adaptor though.
Look forward to hearing from any of you. Jeremy
Yes, if you plan to run high resolutions like e.g. 2560x1440, then you need a high quality adapter which supports dual link. Don't forget in that case to also use a cable which supports dual link.Thanks for your reply. Is there a particular type of adapter I need to buy? For example, DVI-I, DVI-D or DVI-A. I take it that the HDMI input is standard?
Dvi-D is for digital signal only.Thanks for that. Does it matter about the adaptor being DVI-I, DVI-D or DVI-A?
If your cinema display uses a single link Dvi-D, then you will be fine with a single link Dvi-D adapter and cable as long as you do not plan to use resolutions beyond 1920x1600. A dual link adapter and cable would work of course too but it is not necessary in your case.The Apple Display has a DVI-D (single link) so I will find a DVI-D female to HDMI male adaptor which supports dual link. Is this correct?
I would have thought that it doesn't make a difference whether the adaptor supports single or dual link because the Apple display DVI connection is only single link. But it might be worth getting anyway.