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fortune425's avatar

Is it possible to connect the new Apple LED Cinema Display to a PC?

Asked by fortune425 (58points) October 18th, 2008

Under the system requirements for the new LED Cinema Display Apple lists: “MacBook, MacBook Air, or MacBook Pro with Mini DisplayPort”.

Apple sells a Mini DisplayPort to VGA Adapter, to connect one of the new MacBooks with a VGA monitor, but I want to do the opposite.

I want to connect a computer with a VGA connector to the new LED Cinema Display. Is this possible?

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joeysefika's avatar

I would assume so, but i wouldn’t want to. Being made especially for an apple computer it come with an iSight and mic plus 3 USB ports. The likelihood of these working on a PC is slim to none unfortunately. Just get a nice looking screen for much cheaper and use that.

wilhel1812's avatar

What joeysefika said.

battlemarz's avatar

The real question is why would someone want to pay $900 for a mediocre monitor when you could go to newegg and find something better for half the price.

RandomMrdan's avatar

as long as the pc has a DVI port on it or you had an adapter to VGA..yes. The isight and mic may not work, but I’m sure the USB ports would. Though, who knows, maybe the isight and mic would work.

I’ve never attempted to plug in a mac monitor to a pc before, but all it is, is a display, I don’t think it really cares who’s giving it the signal as long as you can attach it. I’m not 100% sure though.

@battlemarz you are right too…I like samsung displays, they’re so much less expensive and come with a nice 3 year warranty too.

wilhel1812's avatar

you can’t use a laptop on this display if it has a vga connector.

Reiz's avatar

Yes, it is possible. You can use the Apple LED Cinema Display with your PC. You just need a DVI-to-DisplayPort Converter from Altona. Here is a blog-post:

direnius's avatar

The problem with the Altona converter is that it only supports 1920×1200 pixel, whereas the Mac 27 inch display can go all the way up to 2560×1440. So it doesn’t make sense to buy this device unless you are satisfied with a lower resolution than what the monitor actually supports. If you really don’t want a LED display and are OK with a regular LCD monitor then Dell has the same size, same resolution monitor and it’s much cheaper (plus its not glossy, which can be a good thing.)

dabbler's avatar

DVI is not the same as VGA. If the laptop really has a VGA output a distinct adapter would be required instead of the DVI adapters recommended. Those can work well if you have a DVI output on the computer not VGA.
Is there any option to put an HDMI card in the computer? HDMI to mini-display is the most contemporary way to get your display data to that monitor undistorted.

If you can’t upgrade the computer to either HDMI or DVI and you’re stuck with VGA… I feel compelled to ask:
Do you just have one of those cinema displays lying around – in which case this is a resourceful thing to try – or are you going to get a cinema display to hookup to a computer that only has a VGA output ? – in which case that seems to me a waste of monitor when you can probably get a big monitor/tv with a VGA input for much less $$.

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