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  • superspugg Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    I'm just specualting here but my thinking is that the new mini display port offers more graphics capabilities for resolutions that are not possible with the previous mini DVI, DVI and VGA technologies. Reading the Item description for the LED cinema display seemed to suggest this as well as some further investigation on the new mini display port.

    I too, am gutted that I cannot use the new display with my MacBook. I had been saving for a new MacBook for a while but in the end decided to go for a second hand Black MacBook as I was struggling to afford everything with Christmas coming. Now I wish I had waited.

    Surely there should be some kind of alternative modle of the LED display that supports the mini DVI standard. The docking station functionality of the display would be invaluable in my home studio setup and I have been dumbfounded by a lack of anything similar to this on the market prior to this.

    If anybody knows of anything similar to this that I have not come across please let me know. I need something I can keep my peripherals, Audio/MIDI interface, power connector, monitor connected to that will quickly and easily allow me to hook my MacBook up when in the studio as well as unhook it when I need to take my MacBook to a gig.

    Any advice would be awesome!
    cheers, Steve
  • SteveCG Level 1 Level 1 (30 points)
    Bookends (http://www.bookendzdocks.com) seems to be it so far - new mac book-endz won't be out till feb tho according to the site.

    Why they didn't include a regular DP is beyond me - as is why they didn't make it HDCP capable - rendering iTunes DOA for movie watching - killing their own market (from the inside).. doesn't add up... (unless something is changing we don't know about - like the end of PC hardware decoded DRM)
  • jpbridges Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    but finally anybody knows where can I have an adapter to fit the new 24Display to a MacBook Pro with DVI connector?
  • xchopp Level 1 Level 1 (15 points)
    DITTO everyone else's woes here. You cannot connect this to a non-Unibody Mac laptop that does not have the new Mini DisplayPort port. Two Apple support guys also told me that the Mini DisplayPort to DVI adapter would (probably) work, so I ordered and had to cancel/return that too. The adapter in no way allows you to connect the 24" LED display to a standard DVI port -- the THIRD support guy I asked admitted this and subsequent googling confirmed. Apple makes this clear on the product page -- NOW -- AFTER a bunch of us bought one and had to return.

    ALSO: the only Apple options for us poor circa 2008-non-unibody MBP purchasers are 20" or 30" Cinema displays: one too small, the other too expensive! And just try finding out which non-Apple displays will work OK with the circa 2008-non-unibody MBPs -- it's tough.

    Come on Apple: give your loyal customers some help with this.
  • xchopp Level 1 Level 1 (15 points)
    You can't. CANNOT. Forget it.
  • flukeny Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    I have a macbook 2006 and i bought the mini dvi cable to dvi and then i bought the dvi cable to hdmi (from radioshack bc the ones being sold at mac were sold out). i also bought the audio cable. I had the same problem with the display. i only saw my desktop (without the icons) on the tv (SONY bravia 2006 hdtv model). the sound worked on "video 2" but the desktop picture was on "video 3"
    Can anyone tell me what i am doing wrong? or if i should buy the belkin or extrememac dvi to hdmi cable instead? Do you have to configure anything on the computer or tv? Thanks
  • sugargookie Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    I think it is absolutely ridiculous that apple wouldn't make the new 24" cinema display compatible with a laptop that was being sold only a few months ago (and in the case of the 17" macbook pro, only a few weeks ago). *It seems like an intentional oversight considering they have created every other combination of "mini display port to dvi" cable.* The only thing customer service could tell me was that I should look to a third party cable supplier. I bought the cinema display since no one at the store told me it was only compatible with the new macbook family. I promptly returned it after opening it, and will not buy another apple display on principle. I can't believe apple has been able to get away with these kinds of underhanded moves that screw over their existing customer base.
  • Tony500uk Level 1 Level 1 (10 points)
    I agree and absolutely flabbergasted by Apple's absence of an adapter. People are not going to upgrade their mac solely on the basis of a monitor. I have both an imac and a macbook pro and really want to hook my imac as well as my macbook pro up to the monitor. I love this monitor and it dwarfs the 15 inch screen of my macbook as well as the 20inch of my imac.

    I cannot see that Apple would believe that people would upgrade their macintosh solely on the basis of this monitor. I have an imac and am not upgrading when the new ones come out. I will wait for other events to age my imac rather than the absence of an adapter! Apple would sell so many more of these monitors to existing customers which would far outweigh those buying new macs because of the monitors.

    Come on Apple (yes I know this is hardly going to start up the pipeline!) get yourselves into gear and give us an adapter...
  • jacine Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    An update on my situation...

    After making the switch to Mac in 11/2007, buying the top of the line model, switching over 4 family members over the course of a year, and basically spending thousands and thousands of dollars, this whole monitor debacle has made me see Apple with new eyes...

    I absolutely refuse to spend money on a display from Apple at this point. Instead I went and purchased a bigger refurbished model from Dell, and while my Mac wont display it nicely at 2560 x 1600 (even though it's absolutely supposed to), I'm happy with it.

    I just wanted to let anyone here that wants a new display, and is willing to spend a little more you can actually get the 30" from Dell refurbished and you don't have to worry about it not working with your current Mac or your future Mac. It's got a plethora of ports and USB, DisplayPort, HDMI, VGA and 2 DVI-D, etc.

    I got the 3008WFP refurbished for $1400 (w/taxes and shipping), which retails for $1,999: http://accessories.us.dell.com/sna/products/Monitors/productdetail.aspx?c=us&l=e n&s=dhs&cs=19&sku=223-4890

    Link to buy the refurbished model: http://outlet.us.dell.com/ARBOnlineSales/topics/global.aspx/arb/online/en/Invent orySearch?c=us&cs=22&l=en&lob=PDA&MODEL_DESC=%203008WFP&s=dfh
  • Malcolm Rayfield Level 7 Level 7 (28,070 points)
    my Mac won't display it nicely at 2560 x 1600 (even though it's absolutely supposed to)

    Are you sure the DVI cable is dual-link? You can't tell just by the connectors, since some single-link cables use dual-link DVI connectors.
  • jacine Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    Hi Malcolm,

    I'm pretty sure it is a dual-link because it came with the monitor. I can switch my monitor to 2560 x 1600, but the text is blurred so badly that I can't read it. I've read some topics with people having similar issues, and some people say that an external monitor cannot properly display higher than the MBP max resolution. Others say switching back and forth from 1920 x 1200 to 2560 x 1600 makes it work them, but it hasn't for me so I've kind of given up. I will try getting another cable and report back here just in case it fixes the problem because I searched all over for help but wasn't able to find much.

    Thanks so much for the response - I appreciate it because it has been bugging me

    Jacine
  • Malcolm Rayfield Level 7 Level 7 (28,070 points)
    You have to turn off mirroring (Arrangement tab of Displays system preference) to have the external display use higher resolution than the MacBook Pro's display.
  • jacine Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    Unfortunately, that's not it because I definitely don't have mirroring on. There isn't anything preventing me from setting the external display to 2560 x 1600. I can do it easily. However, I can't read the text because it's extremely pixelated, so I can't use it.
  • Darin Simmer Level 1 Level 1 (145 points)
    My MacBook is less than 1 year old, and Apple won't provide a means to use this monitor I received as a gift.

    This is silly.
  • Boboo Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    I hope that Apple is reading this thread.

    Here are the comments from numerous Apple customers who are ready, willing, and able to each happily spend $900 to acquire the 24" cinema display, but for the absence of an adapter, Apple will continue to lose revenues until they or some third party decide to create the adapter. A decision to replace a $2800 Macbook Pro (as in my case) in exchange for a MiniDisplay Port seems foolhardy. If an adapter is not available by the time I decide to purchase my display monitor, I'll buy a monitor from Dell or some other vendor and Apple will be out the sale.
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