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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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Is it faster to transfer data if I connect an external SSD to mac thunderbolt USB-C rather than to mac USB-A (if my mac only has 1 USB-A port)?

I have a mac mini, and an external SSD that only has a USB-A port. So, currently, I use a USB-A to USB-A cable to connect the SSD to the mac to transfer data. Now, if I use a USB-A to USB-C cable to ...
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MacBook Pro 14 M1 Pro treating Dell WD19TB only as power source

I purchased a Dell WD19TB (Thunderbolt 3) to use it with my Gigabyte M27Q screen. I connected the screen to the dock using a Thunderbolt 3 cable and connected a mouse and keyboard. I am using an ...
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Can you get 1440p on external monitor via Mini DisplayPort to HDMI converter on MacBook Air (mid 2012)?

Is it possible to get 1440p over an adapter (Mini DisplayPort to HDMI) on an external display on MacBook Air (2012)? The adapter supports 4k, and the HDMI cable does too. Still, I don't get the ...
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MacBook Pro 16 M3 2023: What happens if both MagSafe and USB PD (via Thuderbolt Dock) and plugged in? [duplicate]

What happens if, on a MacBook Pro 16" M3 2023, both MagSafe and a Thunderbolt Dock, such as the CalDigit TS4 Thunderbolt 4 Dock, which delivers 98W (might not enough if the MacBook is used ...
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M1 MacBook doesn't see Intel Mac in Target Disk Mode

Hardware iMac, 2019 3 GHz 6-Core Intel Core i5 Ventura 13.6.3 MacBook Air, 2020 Apple M1 Sonoma 14.2.1 Thunderbolt cable (edit: actually, charging cable. My mistake.) Problem I want the iMac in Target ...
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Extremely slow copies from external drive on M3 MacBook Pro but not Intel MacBook Pro

I recently got a 14" MacBook Pro (M3 Pro, running macOS 14.3.1) and I've been trying to transfer my files over. I tried using Target Disk Mode (with two different cables, one USB-C and the other ...
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Long IP Address Negotiation via Ethernet Adapter

Have an M1 Max MacBook Pro connected to ethernet via a "Apple" USB-C to Ethernet adapter; white one. The IP Address Negotiation process takes about 60 seconds. No other computer (mostly PCs) ...
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Audio Not Working on Samsung Monitor via Thunderbolt

I have a 2022 13' MBA connected to a Samsung TU872 32-inch 4k Viewfinity monitor via Thunderbolt. It displays the screen just fine, but the audio doesn't work. The speakers do show up in settings and ...
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Mac mini Mx + Studio display simple power solution

I have a pretty full desk including a Mac mini M1 and a new Apple Studio Display. Despite it being smaller than my MBP, I understand that the mini can't draw its power from the Studio Display despite ...
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Can you use a MacBook's built-in DAC while listening via a Thunderbolt 4 hub? [duplicate]

I have the following hardware: M2 MacBook Air (15-inch, 2023) Satechi Thunderbolt 4 Dock AKG K712 open-back headphones The dock has a 3.5mm headphone port. It appears as "Realtek USB2.0 Audio&...
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Choose which display MacBook Air (M1) uses on a Thunderbolt hub

I sometimes share my desk with a MacBook Air (M1) user, which only works with one external display. The Thunderbolt 3 hub (SD5200T) is connected to a 5k Studio display via Thunderbolt and a 1440p ...
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Why is Apple Silicon Share Disk so slow?

I've been copying files from an M1 Mac mini and a 2018 15" MacBook Pro to a 2023 16" MacBook Pro. With the 2018, I can use Target Disk Mode. I didn't time it, but it went so fast as to not ...
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iMac 27" late 2015 Thunderbolt 2 port with external USB-C hard drive

I'm not familiar with Macs, so please bear with me. I want to connect a new external hard drive with a USB-C port to an old Mac. iMac "Core i5" 3.3 27" (5K, Late 2015) 1 x Thunderbolt 2 ...
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Can I transfer data from iMac 2015 to MacBook Air 2020 using a cable? [duplicate]

I have an iMac Retina 5k 27' Late 2015 and a MacBook Air 2020. The issue is that my iMac won't turn on - it hangs during startup, and diagnostics indicate errors in the file system. I want to transfer ...
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2011, 15" MacBook Pro won't connect with Apple Cinema Display

I have a 2011, 15" MacBook Pro (running 10.6.8) with the defunct, AMD(?) graphics chip. I'm trying to connect to a 23" Apple Cinema Display using a brand-new Mini DisplayPort to DVI adapter (...
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Sudden problems with External Display on MacBook Pro. DisplayPort shows distortion (lines), HDMI turns on and off every few seconds

I have been using this combination of laptop (2021 MacBook Pro M1) and External Display (Mi Curved Gaming Monitor) for several months without issue. Yesterday while gaming suddenly the screen started ...
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External monitor (Samsung Odyssey G9) does not respond until restart Macbook Pro (16 inch 2019) even using CalDigit TS4

I believe now I have tried every possibile solution to get my Macbook Pro 16 inch 2019 to work with the Samsung Odyssey G9 (LC49G97TSSNXDC). Well, it kind of works: when I first start my Macbook, if ...
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Thinkpad Thunderbolt 3 dock Gen 2 not working correctly

I have an M2 MacBook Pro with an issue regarding a docking station. I'll write some specs first so you know what I'm working with. Laptop: MacBook Pro M2, 16 inch macOS Sonoma 14.0 Dock: Lenovo ...
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Is there any way to transfer files between 2 running and networked Macs using a Thunderbolt 3/4 cable (i.e. not using target disk mode)?

Currently, I have SSH setup and I can SCP/SFTP files between them over wifi, but it's slow. I'd love to be able to connect them with a cable (I have a Maxonar Thunderbolt 3/4, USB4, and USB-C Cable) ...
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Second external display connected to M1 MacBook Pro occasionally dimming

Currently using an M1 MBP 16" but this issue happened with my older 2016 MBP 15". Current MacOS is Ventura 13.5.2. Using MBP with lid open, connected to two LG UltraFine 5k displays via ...
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How do I automatically allow studio display connect to Macbook Pro?

Studio display disconnects many times on its own from macbook pro and I'm tired of clicking on "allow" connection to macbook pro. Does anyone know how can I automatically allow studio ...
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ThinkPad Thunderbolt 3 Dock Gen 2 does not support WQHD (3440 x 1440) on macOS

I just bought a ThinkPad Thunderbolt 3 Dock Gen 2 to dock my MacBook Pro 14-inch, 2021. But for some reason, WQHD (3440 x 1440) is not working but lowering the resolution works fine. I have already ...
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40Gbps Thunderbolt 4 (TB4) connection between Mac and Linux

I want to connect a M1 Max Macbook Pro 16" 64gb ram (2021) with a GIGABYTE GA-Z170X-Gaming 5 Core i5 Intel + GIGABYTE GC-MAPLE RIDGE, PCIe 3.0 x4 card (Intel JHL8540 (Maple Ridge)). What is ...
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M2 MacBook Air connect external monitor directly (27" Samsung ViewFinity S60UA)

Is it possible to connnect the 27" Samsung ViewFinity S60UA monitor directly to an M2 MacBook Air via USB-C to USB-C cable? If not, what should I look for in a monitor to connect it directly to ...
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2012 iMac to 2023 iMac Data Migration

I'm migrating data from my 2010 27" iMac to a new 2023 24" iMac. I purchased a Thunderbolt 2 to Thunderbolt 3 adapter and connected them and then launched the Migration Assistant. The data ...
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Not able to connect to external monitor using Thinkpad Thunderbolt docking station

I am trying to connect my laptop, MacBook Pro (2019) Ventura 13.4, to my external monitor using a ThinkPad Thunderbolt 4 docking station. The external monitor is connected to the docking station using ...
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USB serial lost connection, how to restart?

I have the following setup: [MacBook]--Thunderbolt 4-->[Monitor]--USB-->[ESP32] A MacBook connected through Thunderbolt 4 to a monitor; this monitor has two USB ports, one of which I connect to ...
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Macbook Pro 2019 16" can't provide 4K60Hz feed to external monitor vis usb-c to usb-c cable

So I have recently got a new 32" 4K monitor from Lenovo which supports input + power delivery through a provided USB-C cable. This cable works perfectly when connected to a MacBook Air with M1 ...
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Can I get my 2020, M1 Macbook Air to drive two different external displays?

Is there a way to get a 2020 MacBook Air (M1) to drive two external displays, specifically where one of the displays does not have USB-C/Thunderbolt? The Macbook Air has two USB-C ports (both "...
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Why do I have to wait several minutes before "USB 2.0 Hub" shows up in "System Information..." -> "USB Device Tree"?

Recently, after connecting a USB 2.0 hub to my MacBook Pro (13-inch, 2017, i5). I need to wait several minutes before I can see it in "System Information..." -> "USB" -> &...
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How to Identify Thunderbolt Compatible USB-C Extension

I have an old Apple Thunderbolt Display that I’m using with an M1 MacBook Pro via Apple’s Thunderbolt 3 to Thunderbolt 2 adapter. The USB-C connector on the adapter is quite short and so I’d like to ...
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Connecting a 2015 MacBook Air to a Dell monitor with DP and HDMI ports [duplicate]

I have a MacBook Air (13-inch, Early 2015) which I want to connect to a Dell 24 USB-C Hub Monitor - P2422HE. Which cable is best suited for this connection? The monitor has DisplayPort and HDMI ports. ...
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Would it be safe to keep my iPad connected to a power source for hours? [duplicate]

I have my iPad connected to my Samsung Smart Monitor M7 through the Thunderbolt cable continuously for hours so my iPad is charged all the time from the power available from the monitor. Is it safe ...
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Sudden change: closing lid turns off external monitors

I have a MacBook Pro M1 with two external monitors, one on the HDMI and one on a Thunderbolt port. This setup has worked well for quite a long time now. Prior to this morning, I would plug in the ...
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Hyperdrive Thunderbolt 4 PowerHub no longer recognized

My Hyperdrive Thunderbolt 4 PowerHub is no longer recognized by my M1 Max MacBook. It happened suddenly, perhaps after an OS update. As I am using Apple Silicon I can't do any of the advised resetting ...
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Connect MacBook Air M2 to two Apple Thunderbolt Displays

I have a MacBook Air M2 that I would like to connect to two Apple Thunderbolt Displays. I know that it is not officially supported, but it seems like using a DisplayLink-compatible dock with the ...
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Is there a way to seamlessly switch to wifi before unplugging a wired connection?

When I work at my desk, my laptop (a 2021 macbook pro) is plugged into a thunderbolt dock with an ethernet interface that's connected to my wired network. I am also connected to wifi. Sometimes, a ...
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Mac Mini M2 - no image with ATEN 4 Port USB 3.0 4K DisplayPort KVMP Switch

I have a new Mac Mini M2 connected with a USB-C / Thunderbolt to DisplayPort cable with the ATEN 4 Port USB 3.0 4K DisplayPort KVMP Switch with the model number CS1924 for Video. I also have a USB3 ...
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Connecting Thunderbolt 1 iMac to Thunderbolt 4 M2 Mini in Target Disk Mode

I need to get some data off of a 2013 iMac whose graphics adapter has failed. I can boot into single user mode but no other mode. I want to try to start it in Target Disk Mode. I can't find a ...
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Why isn't the P2P 'IP over USB' connection a network service?

P2P IP over Thunderbolt is a useful macOS feature: https://support.apple.com/en-nz/guide/mac-help/mchld53dd2f5/mac But when you connect two macs with a USB-C cable (non thunderbolt) they both get an ...
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USB 3 adapter keeps disconnecting and reconnecting on MBP 2023 (M2)

Hi I'm moving to a MBP 2018 to a MBP 2023 (M2). I have a very useful usb3 adapter connecting Eth + 3 usb standard ports. I used to rely on it on my MBP 2018 to connect mouse + keyboard + the eth cable....
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Connecting Macbook Air (early 2015) to HDMI projector for Keynote [duplicate]

I'm trying to connect my Macbook Air (early 2015) to a projector via an HDMI cable (for a Keynote presentation). I seem to only have a thunderbolt 2 port. Is it possible to get an adapter to connect ...
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Dual monitor setup on 2019 MBP

I currently have a 16 inch 2019 MBP with an Intel CPU and an Intel UHD 630 integrated GPU. OS is Monterey 12.6.2 I was looking at purchasing the Dell U2723QE which I'll call Monitor 1. This monitor ...
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Requirements for docking station to connect two external monitors to MacBook Pro

I want to buy a docking station to connect two external monitors (and some other stuff) to my MacBook Pro (2019 16'' i7). The monitors should extend the display, not mirror it, so that I have three ...
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Can I have dual monitors on my MacBook Pro (Early 2011)? [duplicate]

I have a MacBook Pro (13") from Early 2011 and want to use 1 external monitor as extended monitor. When I connect my Xiaomi Redmi 1A 23.8" Monitor in Mini Display Port Using HDMI to DP ...
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Can I connect Thunderbolt 2 devices which require power through the cable to Mac Mini M1

I have a late 2013 27" iMac to which are connected two external drives, a MyPassport Pro 1GB and a LaCie 500MB SSD. These connect to the iMac via the iMac's Thunderbolt ports (I believe ...
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Migration Assistant ignored Thunderbolt connection

I’m migrating from an MBP 2014 running Big Sur to an MBA M2 connected via Thunderbolt (via Apple’s T3-T2 adapter and Apple’s Thunderbolt cable), but Migration Assistant is using Wi-Fi. How do I force ...
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How can I monitor the throughput of my Thunderbolt ports in real time?

I'd like to see the throughput of my Thunderbolt ports in real time. I'm imagining like the Network packet visualizer in Activity Monitor... but for all the data that's coming in and out of my ...
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Control Panel "Sound" / AudioMIDISetup settings, are lost on restart. Audio Interface box connected

I have a typical dac audio interface attached to my Mac for sound OUTPUT. (Just TBC, I don't use it for input, only output.) This is a MBP 16" 2019, hence with four Thunderbolt3 (USB-C) ports. I ...
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2022 Apple Mac Studio M1 Max w/ dual displays 4K@144 Hz

I just received a 2022 Mac Studio M1 Max, additionally I purchased a Thunderbolt 3 to dual DisplayPort 1.4 adapter: OWC Thunderbolt Dual DisplayPort Adapter When attempting to connect both displays, ...
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