Questions that relate specifically to Macs and peripherals with DisplayPort hardware (not Thunderbolt).

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Are there adapters to use Thunderbolt Display with non-Thunderbolt computers?

That Thunderbolt Display looks great. However, if I buy a monitor, it had better work with all my older computers, not just the latest and greatest Thunderbolt Macs. Is there any way I can get ...
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MBPr 2015, 2.5GHz i7 – Daisychaining 2 Dell U2414H 61 Screens [duplicate]

Marking this question as an already existing question is wrong as the other question refers to a Mid 2012 NONretina Macbook running 10.10.1 instead of 10.10.3/4 I think that daisy chaining ...
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Is there any way to output to two 1920x1200 external monitors with any of MacBook Pro or Air?

I understand that you can output to one 1920x1200 monitor while still using the laptop's screen, and one 2560x1600 monitor using the dual-DVI adapter. But can you output to two external 1920x1200 ...
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Can my Macbook Pro's display receive inputs from other sources?

Is it possible to use my Macbook Pro's display to receive inputs from other sources?
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External monitor stopped working after 10.9.2 update

I've been using a Dell U2713H display for about a year with a mini-display port to display port cable. However, after installing the 10.9.2 update, the monitor is going into sleep mode when connected ...
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How to Connect Multiple Monitors to a MacBook Air

Usually I connect my MacBook Air 11" to a secondary display via the Thunderbolt port. What do I need to connect it to two external monitors?
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Mavericks not able to use external display at full resolution

I have been several months using my mid-2010 15" MBP connected to a Dell U2711 through a miniDisplayPort-DisplayPort adapter, without any trouble cranking the resolution up in Mountain Lion to it's ...
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What is the difference between thunderbolt and displayport iMacs when used as monitors?

Somewhat confused by the Thunderbolt/Mini DisplayPort compatibility rules, and the apple store people were unhelpful, so I ask here (maybe I should ask here first :) Hopefully we can come to a ...
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What's the max resolution for mini DisplayPort connected to a 2013 MacBook Air?

I've got a new 2013 MacBook Air 13", with Intel HD Graphics 5000, and it came with a Mini DisplayPort to VGA adapter within the box. A mini DisplayPort to DVI adapter is also available from Apple. An ...
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Can my Thunderbolt Macbook Air drive my Mini DisplayPort iMac as an external display?

I've run an iMac as an external display for a Mac laptop before, but am wondering if my new setup can work like that. I have: 2011 Macbook Air with Thunderbolt 2009 iMac with Mini DisplayPort mini ...
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Use external display only with MacBook?

I have a Mid 2010 MacBook. Is it possible to make the external display into the only one, so that I can close the lid and keep working on my MacBook with an external keyboard/mouse and monitor?
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WIth the new iMac how do we connect an external screen?

For all that own or know this in the new version. Is the Thunderbolt output compatible with the Mini DisplayPort to VGA Adapter? If not, how do we connect our external monitor? If yes, with the ...
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Will Thunderbolt Cinema displays work with Mini DisplayPort equipped macs?

Is it possible to plug a Thunderbolt cinema display into a Mini DisplayPort-equipped Mac and have it work? This question suggests that it's possible and that it's pretty much the same cable, but I ...
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Use my 27" Thunderbolt monitor with a Macbook that has only DisplayPort output

Somehow this doesn't work out of the box – is there an adapter I can buy that will allow me to connect the Displayport output of my Macbook to the Thunderbolt input of my 27" Thunderbolt monitor?
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How big external monitors will a Macbook Pro Retina support?

I am considering buying a Macbook Pro Retina as a developer machine (and dual boot it into Windows 8). The thing is I love big monitors, and lots of them. How many and how big external monitors will ...
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Closing lid for clamshell doesn't make external monitor primary under 10.7.3 on MacBook Air 13"

I'm connecting a 13" MacBook Air to a Dell 22" screen using the Apple Mini DisplayPort to DVI Adapter, with an Apple Keyboard with Numeric Keypad plugged into a USB on the MacBook and a USB mouse ...
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When my external display is on, my Mac thinks it's off. When it's off, on

Hardware details: MacBook Air, Mac OS X Lion 10.7.2 Mini DisplayPort to HDMI Adapter Standard HDMI cable Famous Maker 23” Ultra-Slim LED Display, 1080p Yesterday everything worked fine. Today when ...
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Console + iMac 27" 2011 External Display

Can i use the iMac 27" mid 2011 as an external display for, let's say, a Playstation 3? Is this possible for the latest iMac?
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Considerations when connecting an 11“ 2011 MBA and 13” 2012 MBP to a 2560x1440 Dual-link DVI monitor

This blog post by Jeff Atwood about the amazingly cheap and sketchy, but awesome 27" 2560x1440 Dual-link DVI Korean monitors got me wanting one. I have a 11" 2011 MacBook Air and a 13" 2012 MacBook ...
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Apple Macbook Dual Monitor MST

I was looking into buying dual monitors for my Mid 2012 nonRetina MacBook. I really liked the looks of the Dell UltraSharp 24 (U2414H) According to Dell, the Monitor supports MST for the Display ...
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How can I force specific HiDPI modes?

I have a 13" MBP (Early 2011) plugged it to a Dell U2711 monitor via DisplayPort. I have successfully enabled HiDPI mode, using Quartz Debug the problem is that the screen won't run at the HiDPI ...
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Constant flickering on my external display

I've recorded a 7 second video of it here: http://youtu.be/2k9P59Z32wE. Basically, the screen will alternate between a fuzzy picture, color bars, and then black every ~2 seconds or so. Technical ...
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Apple Mini DisplayPort to VGA adapter and DDC/CI communication [closed]

I developed a Cocoa based OS X app to set brightness and contrast of a monitor using DDC/CI communication. The app works perfectly using a Mac Pro attached to a BenQ DDC/CI capable monitor. It works ...
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What can the minidisplay port on the MacBook Air do?

What features does the minidisplay port on the MacBook Air (early 2010) allow you to do? I couldn't find much information about it in the Air's manual. All it said was that it was a video out ...
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HDTV only detected when turned off (connected via DisplayPort to HDMI)

I tried to connect my LG HDTV (42" LD650) to my MacBook Pro 13" (mid-2010) using a DisplayPort to HDMI adapter. When I plug the cable in, my MacBook's screen flickers every time but the TV is only ...
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MacBook Pro to external 24" HP Compaq at 1920x1200 using Mini DisplayPort to VGA adapter

I just upgraded OS X from 10.7 to 10.8. While using 10.7 with an HP Compaq LA2405wg external monitor connected via Mini DisplayPort to VGA adapter, I was unable to set this monitor's native ...
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Mac Mini Late 2014 4K 60hz

http://support.apple.com/en-us/ht6008 Apple does not list the Mac Mini 2014 in above link in the Mac's that can use MST to achieve 60hz on 4K via Displayport. On other places I read that this is due ...
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Daisy chain of two Dell U2414H to Macbook Pro Retina 13''

My MacBook Pro have only two thunderbolt ports. My new external monitors are Dell U2414H connected to MacBook Pro using Display Port to Mini Display Port cable each one. In this situation I'm unable ...
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Connecting a displayport monitor to my Mac Mini (late 2012) using the Thunderbolt port what is the max resolution?

I have a 27" ASUS PB278Q display equipped with a display port, the monitor has a resolution of 2560x1440. If I connect to my thunderbolt port using a mini displayport to displayport cable will it ...
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Best practices for 2011 Mac mini connected to monitor + HDTV?

I'm dual-purposing a new Mac mini (2011) as a desktop machine and media center. I will be using a DisplayPort to DVI adapter to use with the desktop monitor, and a long HDMI cable to go directly to an ...
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Early 2011 Macbook Pro DisplayPort 1.2 driver

So I searched a bunch, lots of threads on this, but unfortunately either they haven't been resolved, or its not helpful. I have a Macbook Pro (early 2011) model w/ the Intel Core i5. It is currently ...
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Macbook Pro limits resolution of Samsung U28D590D to 1920x1080

I use a MacBook Pro late 2011 and I recently bought a Samsung Screen U28D590D 28" which could, normally, bring me a resolution of 2560x1440 with DisplayPort. But, my screen recognizes my MBP only ...
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Adjusting brightness on 27" iMac used as external DisplayPort monitor for PC

I have a Windows7 64-bit machine attached to a 27" iMac as an external displayport monitor It's working well, except I cannot adjust the brightness. I have attached a Mac keyboard both on the Mac ...
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Using DisplayPort hubs, splitting the massive meta-screen

I've recently started a programming company with my girlfriend and we're doing a lot of pair programming. I'm looking into the various solutions for driving multiple external monitors from a MacBook ...
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Dongles to connect 2 monitors to a 13" mid-2010 MacBook Pro (mini DisplayPort)?

I won't be using the integrated display. Right now, one external monitor is connected through a mini DisplayPort to VGA adaptor. How should I connect a second?
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How to solve Mini DisplayPort to HDMI Overscan problem? (Part of the screen is missing)

I use the latest model of iMac 27 inch and output to an Samsung 40 inch HDTV, and found that the Menu Bar is missing on the HDTV. This is usually known as the "overscan" issue, that the top 10 or 15 ...
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Dual Monitors with MacBook Pro

I want to use 2 external monitors along with the MacBook Pro as one Monitor to the left of Macbook Pro, the other one on the right, with Macbook Pro in the middle. Is it possible to do that? How to ...
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Do I need a Thunderbolt display adapter or should an older mini DisplayPort adapter work?

I am experiencing screen flicker (so bad as to be unusable) from a late 2011 Macbook Pro on an external display connected via a mini DisplayPort to DVI adapter (official Apple version). Is it possible ...
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Flickering Static when Connecting Macbook Pro to LED TV

I'm trying to connect my Macbook Pro Late 2011 (OS X 10.8) to a LED TV. I'm getting this flickering static shown on the screenshot below. It also comes with a "bursting" sound whenever the static ...
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Can a MacBook Air support 2560x1600 output via HDMI using a Mini DisplayPort/Thunderbolt to HMDI adaptor?

The HDMI 1.3 spec can carry signals with resolutions as high as 2560 x 1600 pixels. Is it possible to output this high a resolution signal from a MacBook Air using a Mini DisplayPort/Thunderbolt to ...
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Mini display port cable and Thunderbolt cable compatibility

I need to run a Mini DisplayPort cable from a last generation Xserve to a circa late 2010 iMac so I can directly share the iMac's display while I set up the Xserve. Apple no longer carries Mini ...
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Can I connect my MacBook Pro DisplayPort to a Thunderbolt iMac to use as a display?

I have a MacBook Pro with Mini DisplayPort and I want to use target display mode to use a Thunderbolt iMac as an external display. If this works, would I need a Mini DisplayPort cable or a Thunderbolt ...
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How can I achieve higher quality results from my bargain based 4K monitor?

I just got the latest 2013 15.4-inch MBP 2.6GHz and I also have the 39-inch Seiki 4K television. I previously had a 2010 MBP 15.4-inch 2.53GHz and used a Mini-HDMI to connect to the 4K which was ...
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How to solve the “overscan” issue if the iMac is connected to an HDTV and using BootCamp and Windows 7?

This question is related to both iMac and Windows, but since it is happening on an iMac 27 inch model, so I hope posting in the Apple forum is more relevant. Basically, when an iMac is connected to ...
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How do I troubleshoot a lockup that occurs when plugging in an external monitor?

Since installing Lion, nearly every time I plug my 13" MacBook Air into my 27" Dell display, the Mac locks up. (The mouse pointer stops moving.) I can't do anything except shut it down and reboot. ...
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Mini DisplayPort and DVI cables not working?

I recently bought a Mini DisplayPort to DVI and DVI/DVI cable to connect to my monitor. However, when I connect my MacBook Pro (late 2009) to the monitor it doesn't work - laptop screen flashes blue, ...
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Multiple monitors get mixed up

I am on OSX Lion, with a MacBook Pro. I am using the DisplayPort for an external monitor and two USB Diamond BVU195 for two extra monitors. Each time when I turn my computer on, the two monitors get ...
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After Lion upgrade, external monitor sometimes shows color noise [closed]

Hardware: Early 2011 (pre Thunderbolt) MBP 15" Apple Mini Display to DVI adapter Dell 2408WFP (using included DVI cable) Before upgrading from Snow Leopard to Lion, I did not have this problem. ...
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How do I extract the audio signal from displayport?

I have a macbook pro with minidisplayport (MDP) out. It's plugged into an external monitor. Sometimes via MDP-to-DualDVI, and sometimes directly via MDP. I'd like to extract the digital audio ...
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Can I connect mini DisplayPort to DVI-D to VGA?

I have a mid-2010 15" MacBook Pro. I have purchased a mini DisplayPort to DVI-D adapter onto which I have connected a DVI-D to VGA (D-Sub) adapter which then connects into my new monitor. The Displays ...