I wonder whether it is possible to use the new 27" Thunderbolt Display with a "previous edition" MacBook Pro - which has a only a Mini DisplayPort?
(I only want to use the display as such, i. e. I am not fussed about the additional Thunderbolt functionality.)
Kind regards from Berlin,
"... Thunderbolt controllers fold data from existing DisplayPort systems with data from the PCI Express port into a single cable..."
... However, Thunderbolt is bi-directional, which often requires sophisticated reflection and cross-talk suppression techniques, such as used in 10 Gigabit Ethernet. ..."
So as it currently stands, the technology is not compatible for the Thunderbolt display to successfully communicate (bi-directional information transfer) thru the older mDP port (with is purely a video 'output').
"... This display is only officially compatible with Macs that have the Mini DisplayPort connector or the Thunderbolt connector. A third-party converter must be used in order to use this display with older Macs. ... "
I guess, never say never... as by definition, they mention a 3rd party device would need to be used. But as it looks, there is nothing on the market to do this.
Given the second wikipedia quote
... This display is only officially compatible with Macs that have the Mini DisplayPort connector or the Thunderbolt connector.
it does seem that the video functionality of the TB Display can be used with a Mac that has a Mini DisplayPort, right? Which was my original question.
Me and a few others have some problems when connecting the new Mac Mini (Thuderbolt port) to a LED 24" display (miniDisplay).
We have black flickering, i.e. the screen goes balck for a fraction of a second every so often, In my case I had my screen totally messed up, (see photos). We have tried Lion re-install, PRAM reset, etc ....
Do you have any issues with your configuration?
I have a 2010 Mac Pro with a ATi 5870 and I currently have the first gen 27-inch LED Cinema Display and i'm in the market to buy a second 27-inch, I always wonder if the thunderbolt cinema display will work with my 2010 Mac Pro and by reading some of the comments here I might not have to buy the 2011 Mac Pro GPU Upgrade kit but might upgrade my GPU just in case
The correct answer above says that the display "should" work simply as a display without the extra ports. Has anyone confirmed this yet in the real world? I see another poster was going to take a laptop in to try it. I too would be willing to forego the extra ports for the time being, looking forward a year or two to another upgrade to replace my current 2010 i7 MacBook Pro. Rick