Thunderbolt display with non Apple notebook

Discussion in 'Mac Accessories' started by nlrela, Nov 18, 2012.

  1. nlrela macrumors member

    Jun 17, 2010
    At the moment I am doubting about buying a Macbook Pro and a Thunderbolt Cinema Display ....

    Only thing is, that I should also be able to connect a Lenovo Thinkpad (= office notebook) to the display as well.

    Is that possible with a Mini DisplayPort auf-VGA-Adapter or does such a cable only work the other direction (e.g. beamer or other branded monitor to an Apple device) ?

    Thanks for the feedback !
  2. simsaladimbamba

    Nov 28, 2010
    The MDP to VGA adapter only works one way, thus the word "to/auf" before VGA and after MDP.

    For using a Thunderbold display with a non Thunderbolt device you probably need some expensive adapter. Maybe have a look at Advanced Search or MRoogle to find similar threads while you wait for more answers:
  3. cosmicjoke macrumors 6502

    Oct 3, 2011
    Portland, OR
    There are no adapters, a device with a thunderbolt port is mandatory... atm there are no PC laptops to my knowledge with thunderbolt ports, there are a few pc motherboards for desktops though.
  4. hunter3740 macrumors member

    Aug 28, 2008
    Pittsburgh, PA
    mini displayport

    Just thought I would try: plugged the Apple Thunderbolt Disply into a Lenovo laptop with a mini displayport (X1 Carbon Ultrabook), but the laptop can't wake up this beautiful screen; i.e. it may be true that only a "thunderbolt" port can wake up the newest Mac monitor (e.g. Lenovo Thinkpad Edge S430 or Acer Aspire S5 Ultrabook).
  5. Brian Y macrumors 68040

    Oct 21, 2012
    Thunderbolt displays need thunderbolt. That's why Apple still sells the older ACD on their website.

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