7/5/11
12:23 pm

Forum Question: Apple 27-inch LED Cinema Display (iSight+Speakers) will they work with MacPro 1,1

As I know Apple 27-inch LED Cinema Display can be connected via adapter to a MacPro 1,1 which has only DVI out. But my concern is will those built-in iSight and Speakers will work?
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A. Basu

Comments: 2 Responses to “Apple 27-inch LED Cinema Display (iSight+Speakers) will they work with MacPro 1,1”

    7/5/11 @ 12:30 pm

    So you are using an older MacPro, one that doesn’t have a mini DisplayPort out? If you connect to the new Cinema Display with a DVI cable only, then the iSight and speakers will definitely not work. DVI is just a one-way video signal from the computer to the monitor.
    But I believe you also connect a USB cable from your Mac Pro to the display. The iSight would pass through USB. I think the speakers would too.
    There is even a converter for this:
    http://store.apple.com/us/product/H5236ZM/A
    Read that over. And maybe check at the Apple Store and see what they say.

    ABasu
    7/5/11 @ 12:48 pm

    Thanks Gary,
    You are right, I’m using older MacPro, that doesn’t have a mini DisplayPort out, (NVIDIA GeForce 7300 GT).

    So as I understand, If I connect the USB and DVI, speakers & iSight might work.

    Just a thought – instead of using a converter (http://store.apple.com/us/product/H5236ZM/A — $129.95), should one not replace the video card with something like (NVIDIA GeForce GT 120 Graphics Upgrade Kit for Mac Pro (early 2009) — $149.00) but one worry might be? is this compatible with MacPro that I’m using, because it says Compatibility: Requires Mac Pro (Early 2009 with 1066MHz DDR3 memory) with PCI Express 2.0 slot.

    My MacPro 1,1 use DDR2 rams.

    Thanks a lot for your time, as always it helpful.

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