So I got a Cinema Display...

Adamscomputerrepair

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Paid $25 at GoodWill for a 23” Apple Cinema Display. Problem is, it only has the ADC port and I do not own an old PowerPC that will work with it.

How screwed am I?
 
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Slix

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Those are great displays! 23 inches too, wow. My 17 inch is really nice.

I found a ADC to DVI converter at Goodwill a few years after I got my ADC display, for only like $7. So be on the lookout! I do know they generally are expensive if bought online.
 

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Paid $25 at GoodWill for a 23” Apple Cinema Display. Problem is, it only has the ADC port and I do not own an old PowerPC that will work with it.

How screwed am I?
As the DVI to ADC adapter is essentially a fancy-looking power brick for the display, you could build something yourself - find a power supply that matches the ACD's voltage and current requirements, cut off the display's ADC connector and solder on DVI, USB and power connectors.

http://blog.shewu.me/2010/11/hacking-apple-studio-display.html

EDIT: Just to make sure - if you go the official route, you need the DVI to ADC adapter, i.e. the white brick. An ADC to DVI adapter (a short cable) is no good.
 

Adamscomputerrepair

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Those are great displays! 23 inches too, wow. My 17 inch is really nice.

I found a ADC to DVI converter at Goodwill a few years after I got my ADC display, for only like $7. So be on the lookout! I do know they generally are expensive if bought online.
I found one on eBay for $20. It says DVI to ADC, but it’s a powered box like most online describe. Is this what I’m looking for? (
 

Project Alice

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What you want is this:
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I'm typing this from a Mac Pro that has the same 23" display that you have. It will work on anything with a DVI port after you get the adapter.
 

Adamscomputerrepair

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What you want is this:
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I'm typing this from a Mac Pro that has the same 23" display that you have. It will work on anything with a DVI port after you get the adapter.

Awesome. In that case, I’ll be swapping it between my G4 PowerBook, my 06 MacBook I’m converting into a desktop (very long story), my 09 MacBook and my Hackintosh.
 

Project Alice

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I've seen a grand total of one of those for sale, ever. Probably never sold well in its day.
I've never seen those 3rd party ones. But apple ones are available (like in my photo above). I have two, one of which was by luck. I got one on eBay for 30 bucks. The other showed up with another cinema display at an e-waste center I like to shop at.
 

weckart

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I've never seen those 3rd party ones. But apple ones are available (like in my photo above). I have two, one of which was by luck. I got one on eBay for 30 bucks. The other showed up with another cinema display at an e-waste center I like to shop at.
Ditto for me. One from an eBay seller along with other attachments and the other being thrown out by a recycling centre with a 22" ACD. The centre thought it was just a power pack.
 

Adamscomputerrepair

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I bought my 23" about 5 years ago complete with the adaptor for £30 - it's a fantastic display and still going strong.
Looks like if all goes well, with the adapter, I’ll have sunk $45 into mine. Can’t complain for a robust monitor like this one.
 

weckart

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Looks like if all goes well, with the adapter, I’ll have sunk $45 into mine. Can’t complain for a robust monitor like this one.
Not so convinced about robust. Just be very, very careful about the flimsy arm at the back. Both the plastic AND the brittle metal hinge crack and come apart under very little pressure. One of my 23" ACDs is now armless.
 

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Not so convinced about robust. Just be very, very careful about the flimsy arm at the back. Both the plastic AND the brittle metal hinge crack and come apart under very little pressure. One of my 23" ACDs is now armless.
That exact issue happened to an ACD I know in 2016, after 13 years of use.

I prefer the aluminum variants for obvious reasons.