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Mini DisplayPort to Dual-Link DVI Adapter

The Mini DisplayPort to Dual-Link DVI Adapter lets you connect the 30-inch Apple Cinema Display HD to a Mac with a Mini DisplayPort.

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Every Mac with a Mini DisplayPort allows you to connect an external display or projector using an adapter. You can use an external display as your main workspace or to extend your desktop, or you can work in mirrored mode with a projector so you can view what your audience sees.

Use the Mini DisplayPort to Dual-Link DVI Adapter to connect your Mac to a 30-inch display that includes a DVI connector, such as the 30-inch Apple Cinema Display HD, and enjoy the ultimate widescreen canvas with a resolution of 2560 by 1600 pixels.

Compatible only with Mac computers with Mini DisplayPort and Mac OS X v10.5.6 or later.


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  • Mini DisplayPort to Dual-Link DVI Adapter


    Flicker, sporadic issues...
    • Written by AI from BOSTON
    • Dec 22, 2008

    Major issues...

    First, when I plugged it into my brand new 2008 Macbook Pro I got a message saying that the USB device drew too much power! I did manage to make it work by plugging it into my monitor's USB hub, but wow...

    Secondly, there is a slight flicker. You can see it clearly with certain kinds of backgrounds and fill patterns. It almost looks like the kind of noise you get with analog, except it's DVI. It's not a severe problem, but *any* flicker with DVI is ridiculous.

    Finally, sometimes it just fails. The screen will go all weird, and you have to reset it. Again, it looks like an analog failure mode except it's not...

    I'm going to wait a bit and then trying exchanging my adaptor at the Apple store. Maybe there are issues with the first-run units.

    Apple really botched this one. Dongles are bad enough, but overpriced broken ones... come on guys...


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  • Mini DisplayPort to Dual-Link DVI Adapter


    Flaky performance
    • Written by AP from Phoenix
    • Dec 19, 2008

    I had to plug and unplug my monitor several times before it worked and even now the monitor won't wake up from sleep! Sometimes when it does come up it flickers and has jaggies. I have to unplug the DVI and plug it back in to get it to stop. I never had any issues at all with this monitor on my old MBP. The size of this thing it HUGE, I can't believe they couldn't make it smaller. Literally about 3x4 inches! Feels like they released a poor product AND they did it LATE! More

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  • Mini DisplayPort to Dual-Link DVI Adapter


    Doesn't Work with Gateway 30" Extreme Monitor
    • Written by TP from Saint Charles
    • Dec 19, 2008

    Plug this new cable into my new macbook pro and 30" Gateway monitor and monitor is not seeing apple cable as a dual dvi cable. Waste of money. More

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  • Mini DisplayPort to Dual-Link DVI Adapter


    • Written by RV from Dover
    • Aug 8, 2010

    The MDP is an expensive piece of garbage. It does not work. Apple and Steve Jobs should be embarassed selling this thing!

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  • Mini DisplayPort to Dual-Link DVI Adapter


    Buyer Beware
    • Written by PU from Ashburn
    • Aug 6, 2010

    The firmware on my adapter was version 1.03. I bought it to use with my mac mini (mid 2010) and 30" LG W3000H LCD monitor. Like many others, I had a lot of noise and flickering on my display. Took the adapter and mac mini to the Apple store and used it on one of their 30" Apple Cinema Display and it worked perfectly. Took it to a friends home and used his 30" ACD, again, it worked perfectly. My monitor works with any PC with a DVI connection, so I know it's not the the monitor. I guess it will only work with Apple Displays and not the other brands. I ended up returning the adapter. It's a shame Apple can't make it work with other LCD monitors. More

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  • Mini DisplayPort to Dual-Link DVI Adapter


    Lines in dark areas of screen on Apple 30" Cinema!
    • Written by KH from Kaneohe
    • Aug 5, 2010

    I too have the adapter (V1.02) hooked between to my NEW Mac Mini and my 3 year old 30" Apple Cinema display and I am experiencing the same problems with the horizontal video static lines. Unacceptable when watching a video! I have reset everything per all the tech suggestions to no avail. I have searched for the new firmware V1.03 but have not found it anywhere on Apples site. Please post the firmware revision 1.03 Apple Tech Guys! If someone knows where to download the firmware update please post! More

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    Totally possible. I am running my new 13" macbook pro into my Samsung 42" HDTV using the mini display port adapter, and a DVI to HDMI cable I bought an apple keyboard w/number pad, hooked up my Logitech MX Revolution wireless mouse.....whallah....42" of Mac. Works absolutely fantastic.

    For those of you who want to do this with a macbook......start with the TV off, I open the Macbook press the power button, then immediately close it all the way. Next turn on the TV. and you should be set. I use my laptop as a "desktop" literally everyday. When I do need to go somewhere however, I pull a few wires and walk out the door. The nice thing is, that i am not wearing out the keyboard and the laptop screen when i am hooked up to the flatscreen tv. the life of my macbook LCD screen will be extended ten fold.

    Hope this helped.

    • Answered by EM from Uniontown
    • Oct 20, 2009
  • How can I use the Mac Mini with two monitors?
    • Asked by GR from Mississauga
    • Oct 15, 2009
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    I do not own a mac mini but I have seen this done many times in retail stores that want to show off the versatility of such a small desktop. The mac mini has two video outputs: a mini-display port and a mini-DVI port. The mini-display port is the same one you find on the current generation macbook, macbook pros (as well as the Mac Pro) and the Mini-DVI is the same as the on the old black/white macbook. I do not know why apple decided to go with two different adapter types but it works just the same as you will need two separate adapters to use two displays anyway. From there, you just buy two "dongles" (display adapters) which hook up to your respective screen input jacks (VGA or DVI) and you're set! More

    • Answered by BS from Golden
    • Oct 26, 2009
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    After testing it, it worked perfectly.

    • Answered by JL from Montreal
    • Jul 1, 2010

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    I bought this cable to use my MacBook Pro (2010) with the NVIDIA 3D Vision and a 120Hz 3D-Ready monitor (AW2310), under Windows using bootcamp. Using the standard mini displayport to DVI, it was not able to achieve this (only let me do 60Hz), but was successful with the dual-link adapter. When booted into OS X however, in Display settings under System Preferences, I was not able to select 120Hz, only 60Hz. Hope this helps you out. More

    • Answered by RL from Markham
    • May 20, 2010
  • Best Answer

    no. video card not capable of handling that.

    • Answered by FD from Sydney
    • May 17, 2010
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    You don't seem to understand the basic principles here. Your HDTV is 1920x1080 pixels resolution MAXIMUM. You cannot make that any higher, no matter how big the HDTV is (even a 70" screen), it's a physical number of pixels the manufacturer has made that screen to itself.

    If you want a higher-than-HD resolution on a big screen you have to use a super-HD "extra high resolution" (hence generally more expensive than HDTV prices) monitor such as Apple's 30" or another brand such as Dell. These have 2560x1600 pixel resolutions, hence why they need this "Dual-Link" (ie. *special*) DVI adaptor to power those extra pixels that standard DVI cannot handle.
    If you want to continue with the HDTV for a monitor (ie. 1920x1080 maximum resolution) you just need the standard connection cable (with an adaptor as needed: to DVI/VGA/HDMI on the back of the HDTV), not the Dual-Link one.

    One other thing you can do is run TWO lower resolution screens (eg. 2x 1080 full HDTV's) that each run from the mini, to gain more resolution real estate (2x 1920x1080 = 3840x2160 over the two screens). One plugged into the Mini DVI port (with relevant adaptor to DVI or VGA or HDMI on first TV), another one into the Mini DisplayPort (with relevant adaptor to DVI or VGA or HDMI on second TV). Setting extended mode in your mini's System Pref's.
    NB: some of those adaptors are made by Apple, some by third party.

    • Answered by JS from Hove
    • May 6, 2010