Thunderbolt is a bus interface (like USB) developed by Intel and Apple that is capable of high transfer speeds and daisy-chaining. It is based off of the PCI Express and MiniDisplayPort technologies.

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Combining multiple cables to increase current? (laptop charger)

I'm looking to use a simple USB power bank as a portable charger for my laptop (just to get a little extra boost if the battery starts running low at an inopportune time). My plan is to use something ...
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Is it possible to boot a PC from Macbook's Target Disk mode?

I want to use a single laptop in all my workplaces so that I don't need to sync OS and app configurations on different machines. I want a single OS (bootcamp) everywhere. Currently I use a Thunderbolt ...
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What command set does Thunderbolt “speak” for storage?

For both BOT and UAS storage, USB speaks the SCSI command set; if the storage behind the scene is an SATA drive, there will be a SATA bridge that consists of a SATL for command translation. So what ...
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Is Thunderbolt 2 forward-compatible to Thunderbolt 3?

I know that Thunderbolt 3 computers are backward-compatible with Thunderbolt 2 devices using an adapter. What I want to know is if the reverse is true - if Thunderbolt 2 computers can connect to ...
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Thunderbolt 3 backwards compatibility

Thunderbolt 3 uses a USB-C Connector. Thunderbolt and Thunderbolt 2 uses the Mini DisplayPort connector. On https://thunderbolttechnology.net/tech/faq they explain that Tunderbolt 3 has backwards ...
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Could I use an HDMI to Thunderbolt 3 (USB 3.1) adapter to use my 4k laptop screen as an extra monitor to my desktop?

Laptops have HDMI ports but they are only able to output video. Since the thunderbolt 3/USB 3.1 port on my laptop is bidirectional, could I now use my laptop screen as an extra monitor? To clarify ...
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Installing Windows on external hard drive

For the last half of the year, I have been using Windows installed on my external HDD, which uses USB 3.0 port, I had to install Windows (Windows 10) by copying virtual disk file into the drive. ...
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What is the USB 3.0 Type-B SuperSpeed socket on my display for?

I just bought a new LG 34UC98-W screen which comes with a USB 3.0 Type-B SuperSpeed socket on the back along with two Type-A sockets. The type A sockets are for connecting USB devices to a computer ...
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Firewire 400 to 800 to Thunderbolt - is it hot swappable?

I've finally managed to connect a Saffire Pro 40 sound card to my Asus Rog G751 laptop via the Apple thunderbolt to FireWire, and then a 400-800 bilingual FireWire cable to the Saffire pro. But I've ...
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Surface Pro 3 not working with Mac Thunderbolt Display (Windows 10) - should it?

I'm using a Surface Pro 3 right now with Windows 10 and am at a clients site. I've been offered the use of a spare Mac Thunderbolt display but connecting it to the Surface's mini Display Port does ...
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Using a windows thunderbolt motherboard PC to connect to Pegasus Raid formatted for Mac

I currently store my Lightroom Catalog on a MacBook Pro, and use a thunderbolt connector to a Pegasus2 R2+ Raid storage disk for the full image files. I'm thinking of getting another PC which has a ...
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Does Oculus Rift support eGPU

I'm wondering can I run oculus rift or other VRs using my 2012 mid macbook with gtx 970 eGPU or upcoming razer blade stealth w/ razer core with gtx 970 in it
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How to check if my laptop is thunderbolt 3 enabled?

I just bought a recent ASUS laptop. The seller clearly stated on its website that this laptop USB type-C connector was "thunderbolt 3" compatible. Since, my USB connector doesn't have the usual ...
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Thunderbolt hotplugging in ubuntu linux

I have a dell precision m3800 and an owc thunderbolt 2 dock , they both work together beautifully and everything seems to just work. I haven't tried the firewire yet but the ethernet , usb3 , ...
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USB type C / Thunderbolt 3 compatibility

USB type C and Thunderbolt 3 use the same plugs/cables/connectors. While it is not possible for a computer with a USB-C port to connect to a Thunderbolt device, is it possible for a computer with a ...
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Do Thunderbolt-capable USB-C ports support all DisplayPort alternate modes as well?

The new Thunderbolt 3 connectivity standard uses USB Type-C plugs and cables. As per Intel's presentation (if I interpret slides 13-15 correctly), all Thunderbolt ports also support the DisplayPort ...
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For what is the Thunderbolt AIC connector used?

What does "AIC" mean? What does the connector do? Is it like a USB pin header where you can connect for example your USB ports for your case? Or do you need something else? Also there are expansion ...
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Connect Macbook Air 2011 to DisplayPort Monitor

I'm struggling to connect my MacBook Air from 2011 to my Acer XB270HU G-Sync. My monitor carries a DisplayPort 2.0 and has no other ports except USB. I've tried a passive (male) mini-DisplayPort to (...
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Does Thunderbolt 3 require a special cable?

There are laptops that ship with Thunderbolt 3 which uses a USB-C connection. Is a special cable required for Thunderbolt 3 or will any USB-C cable work?
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Thunderbolt 2.0 hot plug problems Windows 10

TL;DR: For some reason hot plugging my Thunderbolt dock is not working correctly on my new laptop. I am trying to determine if I've overlooked a troubleshooting step. Problem: If the dock is ...
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Adding thunderbolt port to windows laptop

I wanted to ask if it is possible to add a thunderbolt port via an adapter or some other way to a windows laptop.Thanks
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Mac mini (2014/15 HDMI 2xThunderbolt) How do I connect it to cinema Display A1038 + A1006

I bought a Mac mini end of 1014. It works fine with a Thunderbolt to VGA adapter and my nearly vintage LaCie electron22blue monitor. Now I "inherited" a A1038 cinema display with A1006 Powersupply box....
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Thunderbolt to DisplayPort, how much current?

I want to feed an embedded DisplayPort LCD using the signal coming from a Thunderbolt source. I know that eDP is very similar to DP except that it has also to supply the power for the LED backlight ...
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System doesn't detect hot-plugged display port(through thunderbolt connector)

My external display(connected to my laptop through thunderbolt) works fine if connected before boot-up. However, once it's unplugged or disconnected by any means, xrandr won't detect the reconnected ...
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Can I connect 2 computers using a Thunderbolt cable?

I wonder if it's possible to transfer data between 2 Windows-controlled computers using a Thunderbolt cable?
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Multi monitor thoroughput - getting my head around the numbers

I want to link 12 Display Port (eDP) panels with 2048x1536 resolution each. The problem I have is with the hardware that will(theoretically at least) be needed to drive all this. I was told that an ...
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Is it possible to connect a HDMI port to a thunderbolt port?

I have a Mac Mini 2012, I need to connect it to a 27" iMac 2013 thunderbolt port. Both run Yosemite. Is this possible? No one seems to sell an adapter...'
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How to connect 3 monitors to 2011 Mac Mini

I recently purchased a 2011 Mac Mini and I would like to connect 3 older monitors to it. Is it possible to do so and keep a separate desktop on each device? Some background information: 1 of my ...
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Connect computer to external hard-drive using ethernet port

I have an old Seagate Central external hard-drive which has a USB-A and Ethernet port. It's meant to be connected to a router and accessed remotely; with the USB-A port used for chaining an ...
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Possible to drive 5K display with MacBook Pro + Thunderbolt PCI chassis + Capable Video Card?

It's my understanding that currently the only Mac hardware that specifically supports an outboard 5K display (like this one) is the Mac Pro and that this only came along with the recent 10.10.3 update....
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iMac target display mode with Macbook air running Ubuntu

I've bought a thunderbolt cable and I'm trying to get TDM working between my iMac and Macbook Air. It works if both devices are booted into OSX however when I boot my Macbook Air into Ubuntu, it no ...
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Can KVMs for 3 monitors & USB keyboard/mouse be used in a mixed Mac/PC environment?

Is it possible to use three Thunderbolt displays on multiple computers (mixed environment of PCs and Macs)? I've used KVMs in other PC-only environments, but I am trying to find out if both PCs and ...
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Thunderbolt on PC on an X99 motherboard (and the R9 295x2)?

How do you get a ThunderboltEX II Dual card working on a X99 motherboard? The instructions are worthless and only talk about Z87 motherboards.
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Is there a difference between “Thunderbolt” and “Mini DisplayPort” cables?

TB-to-TB cables seems to be more expensive than mDP-to-mDP cables. Is there any actual difference besides the branding? This is for use in connecting a MacBook Pro to a dock with multiple ports (USB ...
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How do I get USB or Ethernet working from an Apple Thunderbolt Display connected to PC with Thunderbolt support?

I have a newly built PC (winter 2014) that should be fully supported for Thunderbolt 2 with an Asus Sabertooth Z97 Mark 1 motherboard and an accompanying ThunderboltEX II PCIe card. Running Windows 8....
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How to properly solder apple's thunderbolt to vga?

I just bought a cheap Thunderbolt to VGA conversor, for a macbook pro. It didn't work at all so I decided to open the case. I found a silicon lump and most of the cables just hanging there. Just as ...
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Would USBs on non-Apple monitor with DisplayPort work?

Would the USB ports on a 3rd party monitor work on MacBook Pro with Thunderbolt? I have a MacBook Pro 13" from ~2012 (13", no retina, i7 model) that I'm still pretty happy with. Now I'm sick of ...
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Thunderbolt to USB3.0 to eSata

I have a camera that its only output port is thunderbolt. The laptop that I want to connect the camera is a windows laptop and it has only these input ports: USB 2.0, USB 3.0, eSata, ethernet and a ...
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Connecting Thunderbolt Display to Non-Thunderbolt MacBook (mid 2010)

I have an old MacBook Pro (Mid 2010 / Pre Thunderbolt) and an extra ThunderBolt 27" which I wanted to connect to the laptop. According to Apple and a ton of posts online (dated around 2011) this is ...
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Turning off unused displays that are connected to a Macbook Pro on OS X 10.9 Mavericks

I currently have an Early 2011 Macbook Pro (MBP) running OS X Mavericks 10.9.1. I usually connect this laptop to two external displays A Thunderbolt (TB) Display, which is connected directly to the ...
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Does a solution exist for using an Apple Thunderbolt Display/Apple Wireless Keyboard/Apple Magic Mouse with both PC and Mac switched by a form of KVM?

I've got a fairly complex setup at home, and desktop clutter (extra keyboards, displays, and mice) are the bane of my existence. I'm composing this question on a Mid 2010 27" iMac, which has attached ...
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Why will my Seagate drive only boot off its USB 3.0 interface and not its Thunderbolt interface?

Jump to the bottom to see a refinement to this question. I have a Seagate Backup Plus for Mac 3-Terabyte drive. I use it with both OSX 10.9.1 Time Machine hourly and Carbon Copy Cloner (CCC) nightly....
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DVI Output over Thunderbolt only works after Reboot

On my MacBook Pro the external monitor (connected via Thunderbolt) wont work (i.e. its continuosly switching between on and off) when connected via hotplug to a running device. Only after I reboot ...
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External Dell Display doesn't work with MacBook Pro (2011) after Thunderbolt Firmware Update (1.0 and 1.2)

Today two Thunderbolt Firmware Updates (1.0 and 1.2) became available for my MacBook Pro (Early 2011). After installing both, my external monitor, a Dell U2713HM, does no longer work. The system ...
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HDMI, Thunderbolt ports not working in Boot Camp

I've installed Boot Camp on my MacBook Pro, but the HDMI and Thunderbolt ports still aren't working. When I connect an HDMI cable from my Mac to a monitor, the monitor says No HDMI Input. System: ...
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Is there a way to tell the difference between a thunderbolt cable and a MiniDP cable (possible knockoff)?

I purchased a thunderbolt cable off eBay and connected it to my Apple monitor. So far, the video signal is working fine; however, the audio is not coming out of the monitor as I understand that it ...
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Cannot extend desktop to 3 monitors

I have an annoying problem. I problem on my old notebook I had a HDMI and VGA port however I could only extend my desktop to one additional screen. I sold that notebook and purchased a new notebook ...
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How much function will an apple thunderbolt display have on a custom pc?

I am building a custom PC with an Asus z87 motherboard with thunderbolt connectivity, two GTX 790 graphics cards (when they come out and yes I'm a 3D artist, I will use them). For my monitors I am ...
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Does the thunderbolt port on my Asus motherboard utilise my graphics cards?

Apologies if this is a stupid question! I have an integrated Thunderbolt port on my Asus Maximus motherboard: http://www.ebuyer.com/392402-asus-maximus-v-extreme-maximus-v-extreme?utm_source=google&...
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Connect Apple CinemaHD through a port other than Thunderbolt

I have a mid-2012 model MacBook Pro, with the following ports: 1 ethernet 1 FireWire 800 1 Thunderbolt 2 USB 3.0 (I have to use my Thunderbolt port for an external SSD, so that port is occupied.) ...