High speed multifunction port (interface) designed by Intel and first manufactured on a shipping product by Apple. Thunderbolt was developed under the name Light Peak and combines PCI Express with Display Port over one serial connection.

learn more… | top users | synonyms

3
votes
1answer
272 views

Add SSD to iMac: Thunderbolt or internal?

Is there any thunderbolt SSD which can be as fast or at least not much slower than internal one from OWC? I want to use is as system disk. It will be good to have two thunderbolt ports on this thing ...
3
votes
4answers
10k views

Can a Mac with Thunderbolt effectively use a PCI Graphics Card using an external cage?

I was wondering how good thunderbolt is for adding a beefier PCI graphics card to my MacBook Air. If I use a PCI enclosure like this, will the card integrate with the Mac to enhance the performance ...
12
votes
3answers
19k views

Is it possible to install and boot Windows on a Thunderbolt drive?

I know the BIOS emulation of the EFI firmware in Macs does not support booting from FireWire or USB drives, and the EFI version of Windows doesn't seem to be compatible with Apple's EFI ...
7
votes
1answer
18k views

Connecting a Retina MacBook Pro to a VGA Display?

I have an external monitor with a VGA connection. What is the best adapter to use for my Retina MacBook Pro? I think I've seen Thunderbolt to VGA, or USB to VGA? Or HDMI to VGA? What are the ...
1
vote
0answers
117 views

Target iMac does not wake up with the main iMac, but works the other way around!

I have two 27inch iMacs, both 2011. When I connect iMac A to iMac B and let it sleep, iMac B's display does not wake up. However, it still shows up in the Displays and I can still play audio through ...
0
votes
1answer
593 views

Can I access a Thunderbolt drive with the AirPort Extreme?

Is there a way to connect a Thunderbolt hard drive to an AirPort Extreme?
2
votes
1answer
4k views

Problem with Mac HDMI - Thunderbolt display to Sony (not a cable problem)

I have a 13-inch Macbook Pro with Mountain Lion installed. I bought an HDMI - Thunderbolt cable months ago in order to watch movies, TV shows and whatnot on my TV (Sony Bravia). The cable had been ...
4
votes
1answer
283 views

Can DVI displays and thunderbolt ports be expected to wake the monitors every time from sleep?

I've got a 15-inch MBP Retina. I am using both Thunderbolt ports to drive two third-party monitors via DVI. Sometimes (at least 3-4 times a week) after the display goes to sleep when I walk away from ...
4
votes
3answers
18k views

How to force Thunderbolt-ethernet connection when switching networks without restarting computer?

I have a thunderbolt to ethernet cable on a MacBookPro Retina on Lion. Sometimes the thunderbolt to ethernet connection does not work. It seems to occur when I switch network locations (e.g., I move ...
1
vote
0answers
689 views

iMac - 2nd display not working using thunderbolt - HDMI

I recently bought an LG monitor to use as a 2nd display but my iMac (mid 2011, running Mac OS X Lion) doesn't detect it. It's connected using a Thunderbolt-to-HDMI-cable (which I bought from The ...
4
votes
1answer
669 views

Can iOS devices be connected to the Thunderbolt port on Macs? [closed]

I saw an image on a rumor for a new Apple connector to attach the new iOS devices to my Mac using the Thunderbolt port. This would be great because the one port on my MacBook Air that isn't in use ...
5
votes
1answer
1k views

Restart needed to reconnect Thunderbolt Display?

I was just reading the Apple Thunderbolt Wiki and stumbled upon this: 25) If I eject a Thunderbolt device using the Taskbar tool or disconnect the Thunderbolt cable, can I reconnect it again ...
4
votes
3answers
8k views

Where is the MAC address of my Thunderbolt to Ethernet adapter?

I have a Thunderbolt to Ethernet adapter for a Macbook Air and I need to assign a static IP address to it. I assume the MAC address is embedded in a given adapter... and by convention I would assume ...
3
votes
2answers
3k views

Can I use TimeMachine with a Thunderbolt hard drive?

The Apple technicians told me that I needed a specific device to use Time Machine... namely a wireless device that had a relatively small hard drive. Since I use Oracle Virtual Box and have very ...
1
vote
0answers
274 views

Can a Thunderbolt iMac be used in target display mode while booted into Windows 7?

Slightly different than what I'm seeing in search: If I have my iMac booted into Windows 7, can I (via Thunderbolt) use the iMac as a target display from my Thunderbolt MacBook Pro running OS X?
1
vote
0answers
312 views

Dual NON-APPLE Monitors on Macbook Pro w/ Thunderbolt [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Macbook Pro Dual Monitors Dual-Monitor Output from a new Macbook Pro I've seen many questions posted here about how to setup a dual display on a MBP, and the answers ...
3
votes
1answer
803 views

Dual 27" Thunderbolt

How can I set up a dual Thunderbolt on a 2012 Mac mini server? I daisy chained them but the second stays black. Do I need a Thunderbolt to HDMI adaptor, from which vendor, how can I not lose ...
2
votes
1answer
2k views

Can a PC with Thunderbolt use 2011 iMac in target display mode?

I just purchased Lenovo T430s laptop with Thunderbolt and I'm wondering if I should be able to use my 27" 2011 iMac with Thunderbolt as an external display using target display mode. So far, no luck. ...
3
votes
1answer
486 views

Target iMac does not wake up with the main iMac

I have two 27" iMac connected via a Thunderbolt cable. I press Command+F2, the target computer joyfully becomes a second screen for the primary iMac. Joy of joys! I come back in the morning, or after ...
4
votes
2answers
828 views

Are there external drive enclosures yet with a Thunderbolt interface?

I'd like to put some spare disks in enclosures and use the Thunderbolt interface. Does such a thing exist yet? I can't find any. Are there technical issues or licensing restrictions that have stopped ...
1
vote
1answer
354 views

Can I hook up a MyBook Thunderbolt Duo external drive to a late 2009 Mac with mini DisplayPort?

Can I hook up a MyBook Thunderbolt Duo external drive (only has Thunderbolt ports) with a Thunderbolt cable to a late 2009 iMac (with mini DisplayPort) and use it for storage (at a slower speed) until ...
5
votes
4answers
19k views

Can two external displays be driven from one Thunderbolt port?

I have the new MacBook Air which only has a Thunderbolt output (no HDMI or DVI) and I have 2 external monitors. How can I get this all hooked up (at the lowest cost, if possible)? EDIT: After using ...
0
votes
0answers
884 views

Lacie external Thunderbolt drive not appearing in finder

I have an iMac running Mountain Lion and just bought an external Lacie Thunderbolt drive. It seems to work, but does not appear in the Finder. Does anyone know a fix for this?
14
votes
2answers
4k views

Does Apple support DDC/CI for 3rd party displays via Apple's Thunderbolt to DVI adapter

I had a Dell 21.5" monitor, which was previously connected to a Windows PC via its DVI port, which has no problem with DDC/CI which allowed me to control brightness and Contrast of the attached ...
3
votes
1answer
479 views

15 inch Macbook Pro with Retina Display-dual Gateway monitors

I am currently running dual monitors from a Gateway desktop. I would love to upgrade to a MacBook Pro, but would like to keep my two monitors. Is there an (easy) way to dual monitor non-Apple monitors ...
2
votes
4answers
5k views

Can a Thunderbolt iMac use Target Display Mode on a Thunderbolt MacBook running Windows?

If I have: 2011 27" iMac (running OS X) 2012 15" MacBook Pro (running Windows 7 via Boot Camp) and connect the MacBook to the iMac via a Thunderbolt cable, can the iMac use Target Display Mode to ...
4
votes
2answers
785 views

Is there any way to use a 2011 iMac as a monitor for a non-Thunderbolt PC?

With a 2010 iMac I would be able to connect an HDMI to mini DisplayPort cable from a GPU to the iMac and have the iMac act a monitor using Target Display Mode. However, after some research I found ...
2
votes
1answer
714 views

Does the MacBook Pro with Retina have two Thundebolt busses, or are the two TB ports sharing a bus?

Just wondering whether the two ports on the rMBP are sharing the same bandwidth. If so, does the single-port, non-retina MBP have the same bandwidth with just one port instead of two?
8
votes
5answers
24k views

Should I get a mini DisplayPort to DVI or HDMI to DVI adapter?

I bought the new Retina MacBook Pro, which has an HDMI out and two Thunderbolt ports. I have an external display that I've been using that has a DVI input. Should I get the Thunderbolt/mini ...
2
votes
1answer
668 views

Does Thunderbolt support a net topology like FireWire?

Does Thunderbolt support the same kind of network architecture that FireWire does? If you have a Mac with two FireWire ports, you can daisy-chain FireWire devices in a loop with the Mac at both ends ...
8
votes
1answer
298 views

My computer name keeps changing when I plug it into a Thunderbolt display

Every day I come into the office and plug my mac into my Thunderbolt display. It says the name "yourcomputer" is in use and renames it "yourcomputer-2" (or -3 or -4 ...). How do I make it stop?
17
votes
6answers
22k views

What is the max resolution output by the HDMI port of the MacBook Pro Retina?

Does the MacBook Pro (Retina, Mid 2012) output 2560x1600 to the HDMI port? The reason I ask is that I would like to drive 2x30 inch 2560x1600 monitors while still using the Gigabit Ethernet adapter. ...
5
votes
1answer
183 views

What is the fastest connection between two MacBooks

What is the fastest way to connect two MacBooks? In my case I want to connect an MacBook Air (2011) with a Retina MacBookPro and use Screen Sharing. Options I'm thinking of: Thunderbolt/Ethernet ...
5
votes
1answer
4k views

Can an Xbox 360 be hooked up to a Thunderbolt display?

Having both the video and audio going to the display would be optimal, but if I can just get the video on the display and use headphones plugged into the Xbox, that's perfectly fine and probably ...
3
votes
1answer
3k views

Running one more display when MacBook is in clamshell mode

I was wondering if anyone has tried running one more screen off their MacBooks by closing the lid of the MacBook. This is a common practice of many Windows laptops that support only 2 screens but have ...
1
vote
1answer
813 views

Connect both Cinema Display and Thunderbolt Display to a 15" Macbook Pro?

Here's what I have: 2011 15" Macbook Pro (with Thunderbolt) 27" Apple Thunderbolt Display 27" Apple Cinema Display From what I've read, I cannot connect both displays by daisy chaining: MacBook ...
1
vote
2answers
807 views

If I am a member of multiple networks, how can I force my Mac to connect to the Internet through one specific network?

I have a Macbook and a Thunderbolt display. The Thunderbolt display is connected to a network with a very tight firewall. I also have a WiFi connection that is always connected at this location. The ...
1
vote
1answer
324 views

Will new desktops with Thunderbolt capabilities work with existing 27" Apple Thunderbolt displays? [closed]

Searched for the answer, apologies because I'm sure this must have been covered. In 2012 we'll see desktop motherboards (and I suppose laptops but let's ignore that) to build Windows boxes that have ...
1
vote
4answers
9k views

Thunderbolt to VGA monitor blank in Boot Camp Windows 7

I have a 22" external monitor connected to my MacBook Pro (late 2011) via Thunderbolt to VGA. When I boot into Windows 7 x64, the screen seems to work and is mirrored during the boot screens, then it ...
3
votes
4answers
6k views

Is there a display screen with a Thunderbolt interface that is not made by Apple?

Any suggestion for a non-Apple monitor to connect to MBA (mid-2011)? The display has to reach the same resolution without flickering. Does a non-Apple Thunderbolt display exist?
2
votes
1answer
686 views

Eyefinity PCI Express card with Apple Thunderbolt Display

Can I connect the Apple Thunderbolt display to any PCI Express graphics card with Mini DisplayPort v1.2 Eyefinity technology?
36
votes
8answers
109k views

How to connect two non-Thunderbolt displays to the Macbook Pro 2011 via Thunderbolt?

I have the VGA and HDMI adapters for my Macbook Pro 2011, but can only connect one display at a time - neither adapter has a female Thunderbolt connector to act as a passthrough. My understanding is ...
4
votes
4answers
6k views

What cable/adapter should I buy to connect a MacBook Pro's Thunderbolt port to a TV via HDMI?

I have a late 2011 15" MacBook Pro with Thunderbolt/mini DisplayPort. What cable do I need which will transmit both audio AND video?
1
vote
2answers
2k views

What Thunderbolt hard drives support daisychaining?

I would like to daisychain a monitor through an external hard drive, using Thunderbolt. Are there any hard drives with an additional Thunderbolt port? Preferably compact and affordable. I would also ...
3
votes
3answers
11k views

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 ...
2
votes
3answers
9k views

DVI to Thunderbolt?

I'm looking into get a 27" iMac, and I'm debating whether to get the 2010 or 2011 versions. With the 2010 version, I can use the iMac as an external monitor for my gaming PC with the use of a ...
4
votes
4answers
2k views

Primary display randomly changes

I'm using a MacBook Pro (Late 2011) connected to two Thunderbolt displays. The displays are chained together, and one Thunderbolt connection is made to the MacBook Pro. I prefer to have the left ...
3
votes
2answers
1k views

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 ...
3
votes
1answer
3k views

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 ...
2
votes
3answers
5k views

Can I use two 27“ Cinema Displays from a 15” MacBook Pro?

I am interested in purchasing a MacBook Pro and running multiple monitors when I am at my desk. Ideally, I'd like to run two 27" Cinema Displays when I am working at my desk, but would be okay with ...