I was previously using a thunderbolt 2 to DVI-D connection to successfully connect my macbook pro retina 2014 to my monitor as follows...

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This works fine but I recently wanted to use the same monitor with my Macbook Pro 2017 and so bought this thunderbolt 2 to 3 adapter to give the following...

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With this setup however I get no signal whatsoever at the Monitor and so am assuming I'm doing something stupid. Any thoughts what the problem is would be appreciated, particularly any recommendations on a better way to go from thunderbolt 3 to DVI-D


Hooking up multiple adapters in series to get from one type of connector to another, VIA a third type of adapter doesn't always work. However there are enough exceptions to the rule that it is worth trying if you don't mind losing money on unusable adapters or returning said adapters.

There are USB-C to DVI adapters that should work. Amazon sells several makes and models but a simple Google search should turn up a bunch more.

  • It’s important to note that Apple themselves recommend this adapter for specifically this purpose as Thunderbolt 3 is fully backward compatible with TB 1 & 2. – Allan Apr 11 '18 at 13:20

Try this - https://www.amazon.com/Paheven-Display-JellyFish-Mini-DisplayPort-Charging/dp/B079CBNK8M/

Personally I used to use a dual-link DVI (from olden days of 2013 Apple Cinema Display) to mini-DisplayPort adapter purchased from Apple to connect it to my MacBook Air. When I got the new MacBook Pro with TB3, I looked long and hard, and the aforementioned solution works for me in a converter daisy-chain. Best of luck!

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