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Switch KVM switch for an Apple cinema display

Discussion in 'KVM' started by Suzy R, May 24, 2019.

  1. Suzy R

    Suzy R New member

    I need a KVM switch for an Apple cinema display purchased in 2009, with 2 Macs, 2012 and 2008. And it needs to be in the $50 range like this old one I have here with the small round midi-like plugs. Remember those? Wow! I thought I was gong to use it. LOLOL. I must be getting old!
     
  2. KVMGalore Expert

    KVMGalore Expert Staff Member

    Hello Suzy,

    Thank you for reaching out.

    To make a recommendation we need to know what video interfaces (HDMI; DVI; Thunderbolt; etc.) do your devices have, namely:
    a) What video input does your Apple cinema display have?
    b) What video outputs does your 2008 Mac have?
    c) What video outputs does your 2012 Mac have?

    Please advise.

    Lastly...
    Unfortunately we don't know what you're referring to as small round midi-like plugs. Please send a photo.

    Important note: To continue this discussion - please respond via KVMGalore HelpCenter thread, NOT via e-mail.
     
  3. Suzy R

    Suzy R New member

    Hey, Thanks.

    The Apple Cinema display from 2009 has a cord with 3 different connections on one end: USB, DVI and the one with the connections on the side, maybe for laptop, I don't have one so don't use it. The 2, USB/DVI are connected to an adaptor, if I recall maybe a Canopus?, that has 2 wires going into the Mac 2012, USB and 24 pin, hopefully I counted 3 rows of 8 tiny pins, sorry difficult to see with or without magnifying glass. I'm not finding the manufacturer of the adaptor, but it's not Apple. It has 3 connected hexagons or circles of no color imprinted on the plastic case that can't be seen save the reflection, but no 'name.'

    Mac 2008 has adaptors I'm using with an old HP monitor and that also looks like the old 24 pin. No USB on this monitor, no mic/speakers, or camera.

    So, it seems to me that this info should cover your questions on input and output. If not, RSVP and I'll try again. Didn't get a pic of the small midi plug, but suffice, it's OLD. Thanks so much for helping out.

    https://support.apple.com/kb/sp652?locale=en_US
    https://support.apple.com/kb/SP11?viewlocale=en_US&locale=en_US
    https://everymac.com/monitors/apple/studio_cinema/specs/apple-led-cinema-display-24-inch-specs.html
     
  4. KVMGalore Expert

    KVMGalore Expert Staff Member

    Thanks Suzy!

    Based on the Apple specs you sent it appears you should go with DVI.

    The 2012 Mac is specified as dual-link DVI (2560x1600). Here are some 2-port DVI-USB KVM switches that support this resolution.

    If you can live with a lower resolution you have more choices available to you (at lower price-points as well).

    Hope this helps!
    We welcome your questions - please come back and ask us anything, anytime, or just offer your feedback.

    Important note: To continue this discussion - please respond via KVMGalore HelpCenter thread, NOT via e-mail.
     

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