Thunderbolt to minidisplayport?

Discussion in 'Mac Accessories' started by michael_aos, Nov 28, 2012.

  1. michael_aos macrumors 6502

    Jan 26, 2004
    2012 Mac Mini. I've got a Apple Thunderbolt Display & Apple LED Cinema Display (mini display port).

    I haven't actually tried plugging the MDP into the Thunderbolt Display, but I gather it won't work. There needs to be a Thunderbolt device in-between.

    My question is - what can I put in between that will enable the MDP Apple LED Display?
  2. mobilehaathi macrumors G3


    Aug 19, 2008
    The Anthropocene
    At least try it first.
  3. michael_aos thread starter macrumors 6502

    Jan 26, 2004
    There are several threads & Apple KB articles that say it won't work.
  4. Outrigger macrumors 68000


    Dec 22, 2008
    You're right, it WON'T work. Off the top of my head, you can use the Seagate goflex desktop adapter which is the cheapest and put that in between the TBD and the ACD.
  5. michael_aos thread starter macrumors 6502

    Jan 26, 2004
    That was my first though too, but the pictures look like it only has 1 port, so you can't daisy-chain a display off of it.
  6. hutch34 macrumors member

    Jul 21, 2012
    The GoFlex adapter only has 1 thunderbolt port, but the Backup Plus adapter has two:

    I'm using this adapter right now and have a mini-displayport to dvi adapter plugged into it for an external monitor. It works out really well so far! The monitor passes through to the adapter and to my computer just fine so that plugging in the Thunderbolt cable attaches both the monitor and the external hard drive in one port.
  7. michael_aos thread starter macrumors 6502

    Jan 26, 2004
    Thanks, I think I'm going to go with the Seagate Backup Plus Desktop Thunderbolt Adapter.

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