I am having the same issue. I have a 2009 Macbook with a Mini DVI and want to order an Apple monitor and would like to get the Thunderbolt display for now and then hopefully upgrade my computer down the road.
Any suggestions here would be nice. The solution I am looking for is Macbook or Mini DVI to Thunderbolt.
I do understand that I will not get the functionality of the Thunderbolt, but only need the video capability.
Any suggestions would be helpful!
I know that the answer has been no solution, but hopefully, a solution is coming.
Otherwise all Apple labtop pre-2011 will have to buy the LED and hope that there computer lasts. Otherwise if the labtop goes, not only do you have to replace the labtop, you will also be stuck with an old 27 LED Monitor, and have to purchase a new Thunderbolt 27 Monitor?
Doesn't make any sense?
There has to be an adapter in the work?
The Thunderbolt Display requires a Thunderbolt output from the source computer. It won't work with mini-displayport or mini-dvi outputs.
Thanks for the response. I have contacted two third party converter and adapter makers and they both have told me that something is in the works that will supply video. They could not state when.
I do appreciate your response!
If you hear anything let me know!
I need the 27 yesterday, but don't want to take a step backwards. I will holdout until Apple introduces a fix, or until a third party comes up with a fix, that is cheaper than the RAID $1000 rix to hook up two monitors.
Any news on this? I see things exactly the same way as Kory Z in his first reply.
I have a 2009 MBP that I recently upgraded very cheaply with a SSD and new RAM (so annoying you can't do this with new Retina models). It will do me fine for a while.
At the same time I am keen to buy a 27" display, but don't want to buy the Mini DisplayPort version as I plan to upgrade to a new Thunderbolt MBP when a quad-core 13" version comes out sometime in the near future (I guess).
So I too basically need a way to hook up my 2009 MBP to a Thunderbolt display until I update the MBP to a newer version with Thunderbolt ports.
You're just going to have to buy the Apple Cinema Display to work with your 2009 model or go ahead and upgrade to a model that has a Thunderbolt port and then you can use the Apple Thunderbolt Display.
There's just no way around it - you can't connect an ATD to a Mini DisplayPort: only to a Thunderbolt port.
Now is a good time to upgrade, anyway. The non-Retina 2012 MBP models are built on proven technology and I've seen very, very few people having any sort of problems with the non-Retina model. Your new RAM, obviously, won't work in a 2012 model, but your SSD might. I don't see a 13" quad-core coming out anytime soon (if ever).