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.

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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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Does Thunderbolt support chaining multiple monitors to a MacBook Pro?

This has always been a big want for me. I love using multi-monitor setups but only want a single laptop. Does the 2011 MBP Thunderbolt support chaining multiple monitors together? I know that you can ...
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How to use 3 external monitors on 15" late 2013 MacBook Pro Retina?

Several people have posted about how they use 3 external monitors with their MacBook Pro Retina. see: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qJhvyLB_Tbw Using 3 External monitors on my macbook pro, problem ...
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Dual-Monitor Output from a new Macbook Pro

I need to output to two screens from a Macbook Pro 17" I'm looking at buying. My current laptop has a VGA port and an HDMI port, and so it's pretty easy to run a dual-display setup with it. How would ...
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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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CPU usage is too high with Yosemite and an external monitor

I use Yosemite 10.10.4 on my MacBook Pro (2012). I used to work with an external monitor: Apple Thunderbolt 27" monitor. The issue is that, according to Activity Monitor, the kernel_task process ...
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Thunderbolt -> Triple Monitor Mac Mini?

It seems the new Mac Mini uses both HDMI and Thunderbolt, but bandwidth limitations of Thunderbolt may prevent using 3 daisy-chained Thunderbolt high resolution monitors such as the newly released ...
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is it possible to connect two external monitors with mini displayport + thunderbolt to displayport or hdmi?

I've heard that thunderbolt can be used as a displayport. That make me wonder if I can use two external monitors with mini displayport and thunderbolt to displayport or hdmi. Is it possible??
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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 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 ...
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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 ...
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Where can I get a Thunderbolt hub or splitter?

Apple has just announced the new MacBook Airs, Mac mini, and Thunderbolt display. One of the features of the Thunderbolt display that caught my eye was its ability to daisy-chain two displays together ...
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What Thunderbolt to USB 3.0 cables/adapters exist for OS X and Mac hardware?

I have the Late 2013 Macbook Pro, which has two USB 3.0 ports and two Thunderbolt 2 ports. I currently use both USB 3.0 ports and one TB2 port. I want to connect a third USB 3.0 device to the machine, ...
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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 ...
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New thunderbolt MacBook Air and external monitors

Does the MB Air with thunderbolt only connect with Apples Thunderbolt monitor? What are the options for third party monitors with DVI or VGA?
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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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Two Monitors Setup On a MacBook Pro

I want to setup a two-monitor environment for me and my MBP15 Late 2011. I already have an external monitor (Dell) and I want to buy another one and somehow link them together. I heard about ...
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Can I get a male Thunderbolt to female USB 3.0 adapter?

I have an early 2011 MacBook Pro that has now 1 terabyte of storage, but want to connect a external hard drive via the fastest connection possible. It didn't come with USB 3.0 but 2x USB 2.0 and ...
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Can I daisy chain multiple displays with Thunderbolt? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Does Thunderbolt support chaining multiple monitors to a MacBook Pro? This question is a follow up to this question I found on this site. If I have a monitor that ...
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Belkin Thunderbolt 2 Express Dock HD dual monitor setup

I have the Thunderbolt 2 Express Dock HD (Model no. F4U085) and I have a question to ask. The dock is attached to a Macbook Pro and everything works fine (audio, ethernet, USB devices etc). However, I ...
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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 ...
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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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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 ...
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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. ...
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Thunderbolt Display does not recognize USB keyboard

I have a Macbook Pro which I use in combination with a Thunderbolt display. I also have a standard Apple USB keyboard with numeric keypad which is plugged in one of the USB ports of the Thunderbolt ...
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Can a Non-Thunderbolt device (like a mid 2010 iMac) connect to a Thunderbolt Display?

I've been browsing different forums for this answer and the closest answer I could find was a post on this Stack Exchange. However this post is still a 'may be' it won't work and it targets the ...
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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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Lost ability to choose 3440x1440 resolution after Yosemite upgrade

I have an LG 34UM95 connected via TB on a Late 2012 mac mini. After the Yosemite install, I no longer have the option of choosing 3440x1440 resolution in the Displays preferences. It worked just ...
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Usign iMac as a Display for MacBook Pro

I did some research on this and they were saying Press Command+F2 So did I ! But here are the issues I saw with this method: The youtube video that was previously running on iMac continued to run, I ...
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Can I use my Macbook Pro Retina as extra monitor for my iMac through Thunderbolt

I just bought a new late 2013 iMac and a new late 2013 Macbook Pro retina. Also bought an Apple thunderbolt cable. Pressing CMD+F2 (enabling Apples "Target Display Mode") on my iMac lets me use the ...
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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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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 ...
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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 ...
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Run action when device is detached

I'm using a launchd agent to run a shell script whenever I connect my thunderbolt dock. I've been able to use IOKit notifications to detect when the dock is being attached, but I also want to run a ...
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Can I daisy chain Thunderbolt to FireWire 800 to FireWire 400

If I had a FireWire 400 DVD drive connected (via a FireWire 400-800 cable) to a FireWire 800 hard drive that was then connected via a Thunderbolt to FireWire 800 adapter to a Thunderbolt hard drive, ...
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Is there a way to Split one 42 Inch TV into Multiple Displays or Virtual Displays?

I am a video editor and I want to split up my 42 inch TV into multiple desktops. I want to shrink the display into multiple shrunk sections, so the Mac Pro thinks that there are 2 or 4 monitors hooked ...
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What adapters work from Thunderbolt to HDMI?

My new MacBook Pro uses Thunderbolt to connect a monitor. My monitors have all HDMI or VGA plugs. So I was looking for an Thunderbolt to HDMI adapter in my favorite shop. But I can't really find one. ...
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Connect 2 external Monitors with Belkin's Thunderbolt 2 Express Dock HD

I need a little help here, I have attached my MacBook Air Mid 2013, to an Belkin Thunderbolt 2 Express Dock HD. On the product page it says that one can connect two monitors. The only condition is ...
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What can cause external monitor to remain on when MacBook Pro Retina goes to sleep?

I have a MacBook Pro Retina, Early 2013, running Mountain Lion with an external monitor connected via a Thunderbolt-to-DVI adapter on the rear Thunderbolt port i.e. the monitor is connected to the ...
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Will my iMac stay on if I use it's display in target display mode for a Mac mini?

I have the new iMac and need a Mac mini. Is it easy to switch the display back and forth or do I have to plug and unplug? Also.. Will the Mac mini continue to run in headless mode when I'm using the ...
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Hook up 3 monitors to Mac Mini Late 2014

I have the Mac Mini late 2014 and want to hook up 3 monitors in total. It works great with 2 displays (1x Thunderbolt + 1x HDMI). Once I add a third monitor to the second Thunderbolt port, just ...
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Can I attach two external displays to new MacBook Air?

Would it be possible to connect a thunderbolt display and a DVI display to the new thunderbolt MacBook Air? The Apple website has images of a Pro with multiple external monitors, but an Air with only ...
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Switch to Target Display Mode without keyboard

Here's my setup: MacBook --> Thunderbolt Display --> iMac 27" The MacBook is the primary computer I want to use; the iMac is the (tertiary) display. This all works just fine. The problem is, when ...
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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 ...
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Ethernet not working on MacBook pro retina 13

My Ethernet connection is not working on my computer (mid 2015). I already rebooted, deleting the files "NetworkInterfaces.plist" and "preferences.plist" into the folder ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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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Which SSD Thunderbolt Product For Main Boot Drive for my iMac?

So I have a 2012 iMac. I got the base model 21.5" which means I have a painfully slow 5400 RPM hard drive. The pure SSD option would have cost $1,300 ($1 more than the $1,299 base price) if I could ...
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Thunderbolt vs DisplayPort

I have a Mid 2015 15" Retina MBP and two external 4k monitors. Both monitors work when plugged into the HDMI port, but I can't get the second monitor to work via the display port, and need clarity. I ...