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Mini DisplayPort to DVI converter (re: new 24" Apple)?

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October 14, 2008 11:43:21 PM

I have to admit I am a little interested in the new 24" Apple monitor, but it only has a Mini DisplayPort output.

First - is it physically possible to have a converter to do this change?
Second - does it exist, if not, may Apple make one (considering many of their computers use DVI, I would imagine so)

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December 4, 2008 8:44:10 PM

It's true, Apple geeks and hardware knowledge are an oxymoron :kaola:  Really... a DisplayPort OUTPUT on your monitor :na:  :D  ? You do mean input right. I've never seen a monitor with a built-in pass-through or repeater output. Then again leave it to Apple to daisy chain monitors together... :pt1cable:  Either way I'm sure you mean output...

For one it completely changes the direction of the transfer.

DVI-D->DisplayPort is like DVI-D->HDMI. Seeing as how DisplayPort and HDMI are compatible I'm sure someone will create a dongle for you.

The other way around is less likely because of the bandwidth requirements. For one unless the DVI port supports HDCP (i.e. it's a DVI-D as apposed to a DVI-A (analog)) then it can't communicate on the bus so it wouldn't know if it could handle the signal (from a bandwidth perspective).

FYI, DisplayPort has higher bandwidth than HDMI 1.3a, which has a higher bandwidth than DVI-D...
December 4, 2008 10:02:56 PM

There are a lot of cheaper monitors that do the same thing as the Apple monitor. You're taking a 500% markup for a fruit.
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January 10, 2009 5:49:04 PM

I'm pretty sure that the author means that the only cable coming OUT of the monitor has a Mini DisplayPort connector. So it's basically impossible to use this monitor with anything that does not have a Mini DisplayPort connector output on it. For example all the previsouly released Apple products.

There are barely connectors to make the new Mini DisplayPort products work with monitors other than the Apple LED one, so talking about this display working with other products is probably wishful thinking.
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