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Is it possible to connect a Windows laptop (Dell XPS) with a Mac monitor (cinema HD display)?

If so, what do I need to make it happen?

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Retagged and added [belongs-on-superuser]. I removed [hdd] since it has nothing to do with the question –  Charlie Somerville Oct 8 '09 at 6:04
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There is actually no such thing as a "Mac monitor"!

The Apple Cinema HD Display is just a normal monitor with a DVI input. If your Windows computer (in your case, Dell XPS laptop) has a DVI port (which most do these days), then you can just plug it right in and it should work straight away (assuming you have the graphics power to power such a 'large' display). If your computer does not have DVI-out, then you should be able to pick up a VGA > DVI from a local electronics store for a few bucks.

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The Cinema HD should take DVI input. If your laptop is a newer model with a DVI output, you're good to go.

There are USB->DVI adapters, but you're probably not going to get a good result with such a high-res display.

(But the question belongs on SuperUser.com...)

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Most Apple displays have a DVI port, which as the other answers note your Dell should also have.

The exception is the newer 24" LED Cinema Display which has a "Mini DisplayPort." You can get an adapter to convert your DVI port to a DisplayPort (a quick Google came up with this).

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