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The Apple mini-DisplayPort to VGA or HDMI adapter terminates the Thunderbolt chain where it is connected, so until Apple released new MacBook Pro with two Thunderbolt ports (similar to the iMac that has two ports) then you will only get one video signal from the device through the Thunderbolt port. You may find an inexpensive USB to VGA solution to get ...


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As has been mentioned, you couldn't daisy-chain multiple Thunderbolt displays on pre-2012 Airs. Two possible add-ons that'll allow you to connect an additional external display: Matrox DualHead2Go (in action hooked up to an 11" Air) DisplayLink adapter I've used the latter and they work pretty well for non-intensive applications.


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I'd recommend buying this book: http://www.amazon.com/Life-Times-Thunderbolt-Kid-Memoir/dp/0767919378/ref=sr_1_7?ie=UTF8&qid=1330596630&sr=8-7 It's exactly 1" thick, put it under the monitor.


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If you want something more elegant than a book under the iMac, you can can add vesa mounts to your iMac and Thunderbolt display and then attach it to a desk or wall mounted adjustable monitor arm. There are many to choose from but here is one pictured below to give you an example. So you could technically mount both or just one to a VESA stand. Note that ...


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Your Air supports the internal display as well as only one ThunderBolt external display. As commented below, the Mid 2012 Air can run two ThunderBolt displays. Physically you can daisy chain as many Thunderbolt Displays as you have money, but the first limitation you will run into is the graphics card. The official Apple knowledge base article lists the ...


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In Windows, you can typically choose a different output-source using this approach: For switching outputs, try this: Right click on the speaker icon in the tray. Choose "playback devices". Select from the list of playback devices (speakers, hdmi, usb headset,) (the device you want) Choose "Set Default" Your audio output will instantly switch ...


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For the display, yes: Target Display Mode. In this mode your iMac can serve as a display for another Mac. This is supported via the Thunderbolt port using a Thunderbolt to Thunderbolt cable (not supported via a Mini DisplayPort cable) source: http://support.apple.com/kb/HT5522 For the rest of the devices, theoretically not: 7. When I have a ...


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The Apple press release says "supports DisplayPort for high resolution displays and works with existing adapters for HDMI, DVI and VGA displays", but this is referring to the Thunderbolt output port (for daisy-chaining). The Thunderbolt Display will not work with a non-Thunderbolt machine without an adapter. But unfortunately now that the they have started ...


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I searched hard to find something that will enable me to use 2 displays from my 2012 MacBook Pro without sacrificing on a USB port (by using an external graphics card) My search ended here. Basically this beauty enables me to plugin into the thunderbolt port (which also take Mini display ports) and connect 2 x 24 inch monitors using HDMI AND also use my ...


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As @bmike, @djacobson, and @jaberg have stated in comments, that will not work. There is currently (as of March 2012) no adapter, nor do I expect there to be one to adapt mini-DisplayPort to Thunderbolt. (The standards were defined to be backward-compatible, not forward-compatible.)


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Thunderbolt contains a DisplayPort channel. You can get a Thunderbolt/Mini DisplayPort to DisplayPort cable. I found a cheap one on Monoprice a while back. Here is a 6 footer.


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First generation MacBook Airs could only drive a single display. And the current generation, Thunderbolt-equipped, MacBook Airs do not support more than one external display via the Thunderbolt port. The graphics chip used in these Macs isn't up to the task of driving extremely high resolution display combinations. Reference: Unfortunately, this ability ...


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Looks a product was created for this task. Checkout the HiRise by Twelve South as reviewed by MacWorld. Boom iMac and Display = Level. Mac accessory maker Twelve South has introduced the HiRise for iMac, a stand that lets users elevate their desktop Mac monitors to a better viewing level. The $80 device is designed to support all generations of ...


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No, it cannot. That's the reason Apple is still selling the non-thunderbolt 27" display, for the devices like yours. Source: Apple Online Store, where under system requirements it says: System Requirements Thunderbolt-enabled Mac computer, including MacBook Air, MacBook Pro, Mac mini, and iMac


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You will find the requirements on the Apple website System Requirements Thunderbolt-enabled Mac computer, including MacBook Air, MacBook Pro, Mac mini, and iMac OS X v10.6.8 or later There is a good article here on the connectivity of the Thunderbolt displays that may help you understand


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You can daisy chain up to 6 Thunderbolt devices from a single port, so you can connect the display via an adapter to that without any problems.


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There are cheap DisplayPort to HDMI splitters, all based on the IDT ViewXpand chipset. You do not get full control over your monitors, mind you, to the OS it's just one huge monitor. But, did I mention it's cheap? http://www.monoprice.com/products/product.asp?c_id=101&cp_id=10114&cs_id=1011409&p_id=8117&seq=1&format=2 or ...


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I would just like to chime in here and note that it is possible to get that DVI display to daisy-chain, but the caveat is that you have to put another Thunderbolt device in between the Thunderbolt display and the Mini DisplayPort->DVI converter. Apple's notes one other caveat about the Thunderbolt display: older Mini DisplayPort displays won't light up ...


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I discovered that when I plug the USB cable of the keyboard into the short USB extender cable (that came with the keyboard) and then plug the extender cable into the Thunderbolt display, it works for me. Maybe it will work for you too.


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According to Apple's spec page, the Thunderbolt Display requires a Thunderbolt-equipped Mac. So, I don't think there is any way to get it to work. Although Thunderbolt allows for video steams and you can connect a DisplayPort monitor to a Thunderbolt port, the reverse is not true. If you can get your hands on the older Apple Cinema Display with a ...


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Your calculation is solid. Everywhere I've seen it 109 PPI (which is probably what you intend with DPI) is what people report for the Thunderbolt Cinema Display: Retina display Macs, iPads, and HiDPI: Doing the Math (updated) The TUAW article has this nice picture to catalog various pixels per inch densities: The linked article above even has a ...


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The Thunderbolt display expects a full Thunderbolt signal (that is, muxed PCI-Express and DisplayPort). It will not work with DisplayPort-only sources. To date, I've not heard of any announced (let alone released) adapters that could drive a Thunderbolt display from a non-Thunderbolt source. If you really need to do this, you might be able to hook the Xbox ...


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Yes you can. Source: http://support.apple.com/kb/HT5219?viewlocale=en_US#11


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Ars Technica's Eric Bangerman has solved this problem…twice: via Ars gear: 2008 triple-headed "Harpertown" Mac Pro


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No this will not work. Check the system requirements for the Apple Thunderbolt display. System Requirements Thunderbolt-enabled Mac computer, including MacBook Air, MacBook Pro, Mac mini, and iMac OS X v10.6.8 or later As of yet there is no way to add a Thunderbolt port to a Mac that did not ship with Thunderbolt.


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According to the iFixit teardown (see step 19) the microphone is indeed located above the camera behind the mesh. No word on the specs.


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You've pretty much got two options for two external monitors on a MacBook Pro: A) Two Apple Thunderbolt Displays This is the least flexible, but highest performing solution. Obvious drawbacks are the cost, and not being able to use your existing displays. This only works on Thunderbolt equipped Macs with a discrete graphics card (i.e. not the 13" MacBook ...


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Apple don't provide any way to control camera devices centrally, it is left up the program in use to provide the ability to choose. Generally, well written programs give you a choice, and poorly written (and, generally, poorly supported) programs don't. (Photobooth, I'm looking at you.) The only way I know to force a program to not use a camera is a hack ...


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As has been said in the other answer, you are restricted to a single external display with the built-in hardware. You can however add extra external displays using USB based display adapters. For example I use one of the DisplayLink adapters. Some of the DisplayLink adapters can do 2048x1152. There will be a limit to how many USB adapters make sense, before ...


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There's the LapWorks 10" Heavy Duty Swivel: Used under the Thunderbolt monitor, levels the two perfectly and makes the the Thunderbolt monitor nice and swively.



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