Using Apple Cinema Display on a PC

Discussion in 'Mac Accessories' started by AARONS3, Jun 4, 2015.

  1. AARONS3 macrumors newbie

    Jun 4, 2015
    I unknowingly bought a 2003 Apple HD Cinema Display yesterday from eBay to use with my Windows Laptop, unaware that I had no way to directly hook my PC up to it. I was however aware that you needed an adapter (ADC to DVI adapter) as well so I bought that too.

    The problem is that I don't have a computer that can directly connect to a DVI Port, so does anyone know if there a way I can use the HDMI Output on my laptop + an HDMI --> DVI-D adapter (which apparently are easy to find) and then use the ADC to DVI adapter to connect it all together?

    There's really not too much info on the web about using an HDMI port adapter with one of these displays, so it's sort of a hard question considering I don't think too many people use these old displays. But hey; I bought everything for the price of A NEW MONITOR, so I can't really complain.
  2. Freyqq macrumors 601

    Dec 13, 2004
    DVI to hdmi should work. DVI and hdmi are passively backwards compatible.
  3. bunnspecial macrumors 603


    May 3, 2014
    As said, HDMI-DVI-D will work fine.

    The signal you feed into the A1006(DVI-ADC converter) MUST have a digital component. I have a video card where-for whatever reason-the digital output on the DVI port is dead. I can connect a VGA monitor to it via a DVI-VGA adapter, but not with an A1006 plugged into it. This is a card with an ADC port that works fine running a 23" HD Cinema, just not out of the DVI port.

    By the way, the 23" HD Cinema(along with the whole range of acylic Studio/Cinema displays) is a great display. I like them enough that I have two of them.

    I may be nuts, but I love these ADC displays(I do collect PPC Macs and have a lot with ADC ports) and actually have all the ones that were made. One of my favorites(although my example has issues) is the 17" CRT.
  4. AARONS3 thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jun 4, 2015
    Works PERFECTLY! Thanks for the help! 23" Apple Cinema HD Display (2003) Looks amazing 1920x1200 on WINDOWS 8!
  5. Check 6 macrumors regular

    Nov 12, 2007
    I have throughly enjoyed my 30" ACD over the last several years but it is just too big for my new desk so it sits in the corner. Probably should find it as new home.

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