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    Macbook 13" connecting to a 20" Cinema Display
    Hi all,

    Please excuse my naivety here - I'm quite new to all things apple...

    As the title suggests, I've got a 13" Macbook. I have just taken on some freelance work which will mean I need a bigger screen, so I went steaming ahead and bought a 20" cinema display from eBay.

    Not my greatest move ever as the previous owner is using the power cable (I think) to power from his current computer after upgrading the graphics card.

    So, in short, please could you advise which cables/connectors I will need to make this screen work with my Macbook? I will need to buy everything, but just not sure what I'll need as it would seem that there are different cables for different generation of machines and I have NO idea!

    My Macbook was purchased new from apple in 2008.

    Any help would be greatly appreciated... I really want to be able to use this asap to help me earn my living.

    Thanks in advance.

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    Need more specific info on both your MacBook & the 20" display. Various ports, cables, and connectors have been used...so it's tough to know what to recommend.

    It would help if you posted photos of the ports on your MacBook & the cabling for the display...or find photos off the internet (and link them here) that represent what you have.

    HTH,

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    Hi Nick,

    thanks for replying so quickly, just waiting for the phone to get enough charge to come back on again before I take photos of the ports on the laptop - but it has a network port, what I'm assuming is a mini DVI, a firewire port, 2 x USB and the usual mic/headphones socket on the left hand side of the keyboard (on the side of the machine), and the screen looks just like this one:


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    Quote Originally Posted by Senz View Post
    Hi Nick,

    thanks for replying so quickly, just waiting for the phone to get enough charge to come back on again before I take photos of the ports on the laptop - but it has a network port, what I'm assuming is a mini DVI, a firewire port, 2 x USB and the usual mic/headphones socket on the left hand side of the keyboard (on the side of the machine), and the screen looks just like this one:

    I don't need any more info. I was afraid that was the type of monitor you purchased. It has a "unique" single cable called an "ADC" connector. It was something that Apple tried about 5-8 years ago. As you may know...most monitors have two cables...a video cable & a power cable. This "ADC" cable does both.

    To make a a long story short...forget about trying to use this monitor with your MacBook. It's really not practically possible to try to adapt this monitor to work with your MacBook. It would cost you more than it would cost to purchase a brand new "modern" 22" monitor.

    Sorry to be the bearer of bad news, hopefully you didn't pay too much or it,

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    Hi Nick,

    Thanks for confirming that for me - I've not actually picked up the screen yet so there's a chance I can back out of the sale - I'll offer to cover relisting fees of course.

    So I'd be better off with the new silver style screen then? Guess I need to be saving some more pennies....

    Although it's bad news, I'd rather I found out now before I drove 100 or so miles to collect it and part with my hard earned when I don't have too much to spare at the moment.

    Cheers again!
    Kylie.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Senz View Post
    Hi Nick,

    Thanks for confirming that for me - I've not actually picked up the screen yet so there's a chance I can back out of the sale - I'll offer to cover relisting fees of course.

    So I'd be better off with the new silver style screen then? Guess I need to be saving some more pennies....

    Although it's bad news, I'd rather I found out now before I drove 100 or so miles to collect it and part with my hard earned when I don't have too much to spare at the moment.
    WOW...awesome that you didn't get the monitor yet...especially since it sounds like you need to drive a long way to pick it up.

    Regarding another monitor. I'm sure you must know that you don't have to use an Apple external display. Yes they are expensive & yes they are great quality...but unless you REALLY NEED an Apple display...you could get a Dell, Acer, HP, Viewsonic, etc. 22" or 24" display for less than half the price of the Aluminum Apple display.

    Just something to consider...good luck,

    - Nick
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    Quote Originally Posted by pigoo3 View Post
    WOW...awesome that you didn't get the monitor yet...especially since it sounds like you need to drive a long way to pick it up.

    Regarding another monitor. I'm sure you must know that you don't have to use an Apple external display. Yes they are expensive & yes they are great quality...but unless you REALLY NEED an Apple display...you could get a Dell, Acer, HP, Viewsonic, etc. 22" or 24" display for less than half the price of the Aluminum Apple display.

    Just something to consider...good luck,

    - Nick
    Thanks - you've been REALLY helpful!

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    Just as an example, I have a 23" Acer display connected to my MacBook Air and it's beautiful - after I did manual color correction in the Display preferences. Before that, the colors were blown way out - horrible looking. Bear that in mind when testing new displays - take the computer with you, connect it to a demo if they will allow it, and calibrate the color. Just because it looks bad when first connected doesn't mean it can't look great calibrated properly. Oh... and the Acer display (V233H) was about $150.

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    Hi again all

    Managed to get myself a nice HP 21" widescreen monitor in the end - it's lovely and did the job for £120 and just the adaptor cable.

    Now the dilemma I have is this. I am finding myself using my macbook all day at work. They happen to have a nice cinema display - I think it's 24", which is going to waste. I have been told that if I can work out what cables I need, they will buy them so that I can use it with my macbook.

    Here are photos of the cable ends on the monitor, and a photo of the port on the macbook - can you tell me if it's possible to find a connector to make these talk to each other?







    Thanks for all of your help!

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    eeek just seen how dirty my macbook is..... I think it's time for some warm soapy water and some cottonbuds to come out!

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    Anyone at all? Or am I going to have to pay a trip to Apple?

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    Is there anyone out there that can help? I'm miles away from an apple store now and I need to order the cables or my eyes are going to go square!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Senz View Post
    Is there anyone out there that can help? I'm miles away from an apple store now and I need to order the cables or my eyes are going to go square!
    I have been through a similar exercise to you but with the latest 2011 macbook pro 15".

    Is this the macbook you have?

    MacBook (13-inch) through MacBook (13-inch, Mid 2009): External ports and connectors

    With this port?

    Mini-DVI - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

    If so, then you need to purchase a a Mini-DVI to DVI adapter.

    This is the Apple one...

    Apple Mini DVI to DVI Adapter - Apple Store (UK)

    The large cable plug of the 3 you are holding in you hand is the DVI -D from the monitor. It should be plugged into the female DVI-D socket in the Apple adapter with the smaller end going into your macboook.

    I purchased mine from NEET cables (I am in the UK also), but I cannot see it on their site for the earlier models. A search for the adapter brings up the options should you wish to go elsewhere.

    Google

    A further search brings up this adapter..

    http://www.google.co.uk/products/cat...ed=0CFAQ8wIwAA

    It is worthy of consideration because you can not only run another monitor off it at the same time (so they say), but it gives you an option later using an HDMI cable to use a later standard monitor that uses the latest HDMI input.

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    Thanks for the reply - I appreciate your insight!

    I have the early 2008 black macbook. The DVI port is a little bit different to that.

    I bought a cable when I bought my home monitor, but it is a VGA to DVI (if that's what the socket is on my macbook).

    I think I'm going to have to go to the mac store to buy one just to be on the safe side - or at least for them to tell me exactly what it is that I need.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Senz View Post

    I have the early 2008 black macbook. The DVI port is a little bit different to that.
    Read this again....


    MacBook (13-inch) through MacBook (13-inch, Mid 2009): External ports and connectors

    It refers to your macbook does it not?

    Products Affected

    MacBook (13-inch, Mid 2009), MacBook (13-inch Late 2006), MacBook (13-inch, Early 2008), MacBook (13-inch, Late 2008), MacBook (13-inch), MacBook (13-inch Late 2007), MacBook (13-inch Mid 2007), MacBook (13-inch, Early 2009)


    Look carefully, the photo of the ports you are showing includes this one......

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mini-DVI

    that is the socket end of the cable I am recommending here.....

    http://store.apple.com/uk/product/M9...17fed35fa2a9a4

    The other end of the cable is DVI-D that fits the cable in your photo.

    You can send for it and get it for tomorrow morning. You are covered by the UK distance selling regulations if it is not the correct one and can return it without any argument in consumer law. I am 99% sure it is the correct one though!

    PS 1. I was a system builder and up grader for many years, although I am a little light on knowledge on macs, I usually research to the point where I am confident enough to purchase for myself. In fact because you are in the UK and live not far from me, I spent an hour last night researching before posting the information. I live in Oxford.

    PS 2. Send me a PM with telephone number and I can assist.

    Here is a link to the version of the macbook I think you have....

    http://support.apple.com/kb/sp5

    Connections and expansion

    MagSafe power port
    Gigabit Ethernet port
    Mini-DVI port
    FireWire 400 port (up to 400 Mbps)
    Two USB 2.0 ports (up to 480 Mbps)
    Audio line in
    Audio line out
    Kensington cable lock slot

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