5 Replies Latest reply: Sep 5, 2010 6:56 PM by luismoniz
PCwho loves AppleStuff Level 1 Level 1
Before I am judged, just want all the Apple fans to know that I have to use a PC in my line of work. However, Apple Cinema displays are the best displays in the world! Plus I own an iphone 4, best in the world as well..

Anyway I just bought an Apple 24" LED cinema display the other day (it is just beautiful, a true work of art). So I have it working on my PC (through a Gefen adaptor box that goes from DVI to mini display port). My issue is that I can't figure out how to adjust the brightness on the monitor using my PC running windows 7.

I have had a Apple 30" Cinema monitor on another PC I use for about 4 years and I wouldn't trade it for anything, it's the best. That 30" has a set of + / - buttons on the right side to adjust the brightness, but I can't find any such buttons on the 24" LED display. So maybe there is some way to do it in the Windows software or a keyboard combination? I can tell that thing is running really bright now (maybe 90-100% as the default), I sure would like to tone it down a bit and conserve the screen life and my eyes.

Can anyone help me?


PC, Windows 7, Apple 24" display
  • PCwho loves AppleStuff Level 1 Level 1
    Well I solved my own problem. After all my searching around and posting here, I finally remembered that I have a brand new smoking Intel i7-920 quad core processor based PC, with 16GB of DDR3 ram on a Intel Extreme DX58SO motherboard. Also included in this awesome machine (that will smoke any Apple computer around) is a ATI Radeon HD 5850 PCI Express videocard with 1GB of DDR5 memory (eat your heart out Apple fans!).

    So how could I forget that in the catalyst control center for the Radeon card is a complete color control system for adjusting gamma, contrast and yes brightness!

    Problem solved, my new 24" LED Cinema Display is toned down, easier on the eyes and the color even better perfected...

    Apple Displays are the best, but PC's Rule!
  • PCwho loves AppleStuff Level 1 Level 1
    For anyone else out there with this issue, just use the control panel for your video card to adjust color and brightness on any ACD. Well PC users anyway, not sure about what you can do if you have one of the various Apple computers that don't work properly with the 24" or other Cinema displays.
  • Ryan211987 Level 1 Level 1
    Did you manage to get the speakers, isight, mic and usb hub working with your PC? I am making an i7 machine like yours but with an i7 870. Id like to use this display but I have to make sure the speakers will work.


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  • PCwho loves AppleStuff Level 1 Level 1
    Hi Ryan, No I didn't manage to do that yet. After searching all over the internet and posting here about the brightness issue (and not getting any help), I was lucky to figure the brightness issue out by myself.

    If you are building up a new fast Win7 PC and using one of the high end Intel motherboards (the most reliable and long lasting) you don't need to get the speakers to work. I am running a whole external Klipsch surround sound system off the excellent Intel sound card built into the motherboard.

    I would like to get the isight camera and the mic working though, but from what I am reading so far it might not happen with the cryptic Apple nonsense. I have read about some people trying just to get the USB ports to work and they can't on a PC, because of some compatibility insanity. I think Apple should get in line with the rest of the world and make their hardware (especially like USB ports) work with normal standards that are across multiple platforms, like all PC systems do.

    But that is just Apple I guess and the reason they only have a small portion of the market. However, you can make a screaming PC system (even using the new i7 980X 6 core processor) for much less than one of their Mac Pro systems. I mean $5K for their top end machine? Give me a break, you can build a PC system that will beat the pants off their top end 12 core system for less than half the price...

    This is what I am using right now in more detail:

    Silverstone FT01 case (black brushed aluminum, to punish my Apple fan friends)
    Intel DX58SO Motherboard
    Corsair DDR3 1866 MHZ Memory
    Corsair HX 750 modular power supply
    Radeon 5850 graphics card with 1GB DDR5
    Intel i7-920 quad core processor (I am thinking about upgrading to the new i7-980X 6 core, as I heard it is really worth the money)+ Thermalright Venomous X cooler, using 2 NF-P12 fans.
    4 Seagate Barracuda 1 TB SATA drives (In raid configuration)

    And building your own system, tweaking it and overclocking it to 4GHZ+ is half the fun. I could never understand how people could buy an Apple system where they can't do anything to it, other than what the "Big Apple" says they can.

    Good luck building your new system and if I get the isight camera or USB ports working on the 24" LED ACD, I will post it here. I am going to give it my best shot.

    Anyway, like I said before Apple monitors are the best and I think Apple is being foolish by not making them fully compatible with PC. They could sell a heck of lot more of them if they would just put a DVI-D or even the new "standard" Display port or HDMI on them like all the new high end video cards (instead of just that new mini display port that doesn't even work across their whole platform of machines). Then make some software so you could use the ACD's and all their features on a PC.
  • luismoniz Level 1 Level 1
    I have cinema display 24 on my pc :P with one Asus eyefinity 6 and all works great!
    I just instal boot camp (3.0 and 3.1)and for brightness I use apple wired keyboard, looks great with display and its so easy to ajust the brightess when you want.
    Oh and btw the display is amazing.