How to Connect a PC to an Apple LED Cinema Display

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Apple’s HD LED Cinema Displays use a proprietary port known as the Mini DisplayPort. While most new Apple computers are equipped with the parts necessary for connecting to one of these displays, PCs with traditional hardware ports will not be able to do so without some sort of an adapter. Once you have the necessary adapter, however, connecting your PC to an LED Cinema Display follows the nearly the same steps as hooking up any other monitor.

Things You'll Need

  • Mini DisplayPort adapter
  • DVI/VGA/HDMI cable
  • Determine what type of output port your PC’s video card uses. Most modern cards use DVI or HDMI. Consult the documentation that accompanied your video card for the exact port.

  • Purchase the appropriate adapter for your PC. For example, if your video card has an HDMI port, get an Apple Mini DisplayPort to HDMI adapter.

  • Turn off your computer and unplug it from its power source.

  • Connect the appropriate cable to your video card’s output port. For HDMI connections, for example, plug one end of an HDMI cable into this port, and then connect the other end of the cable into the adapter.

  • Plug the Mini DisplayPort cord on the adapter into your Apple LED Cinema Display.

  • Plug in your computer and turn it on.

Tips & Warnings

  • Adapters are available for most of the common video card output formats, including DVI, HDMI and VGA.

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