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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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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Older Apple 30" Cinema Display Connection Options

I am thinking of buying a 30" Cinema Display with 2560x1600 resolution. This has the dual link dvi connection. I have the last 17" MBP made, a 9 mos old 13" MBP retina and the latest 13" MBA. My ...
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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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Connecting MBP to an amp/receiver via HDMI

I had connected my Mac Book Pro to a Yamaha amp/receiver using a thunderbolt adapter cable. The adapter connected to my laptop and the HDMI cable then connected the adapter to the receiver. Video and ...
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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 ...
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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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Apple thunderbolt display 27 with Asus z87 expert motherboard

I recently purchased custom build PC with Asus z87 expert thunderbolt motherboard, intel i7 4790k processor, sapphire r9 270x 2gb graphics card etc. Its not working with my Apple thunderbolt display ...
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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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Are generic brand Thunderbolt to HDMI adapters reliable?

I am thinking of buying a thunderbolt to HDMI cable. I found this one: ...
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Nec PA272W and MAcBook Air 2011

Can a 2011 MacBook Air 4,1 drive a NEC PA272W monitor? I am planning to use Thunderbolt to Display Port adaptor. Will it work through a Belkin Thunderbolt 2 Hub?
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Pegasus R6 Thunderbolt raid with CentOS 6.5

We have ourselves a rather expensive Mac Pegasus R6 external thunderbolt raid and a CentOS box that we would love to use it. On a Mac it's plug and play, however on our CentOS box it's not recognized ...
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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 ...
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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 or USB 3 for a RAID? (drive speeds)

I am about to purchase a 4-disk enclosure to house a RAID10 volume. My question is, do I really need Thunderbolt, given that it's so much more expensive than USB3? This is my thinking, please let me ...
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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) ...
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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: ...
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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.) ...
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Conflicting information for connection a thunderbolt mac to DisplayPort on Dell U2711

I've just picked up this monitor to take advantage of the resolution and extra screen estate. Didn't realise it'd be such a chore trying to find the right adapter for it. I've come across a lot of ...
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Are the ports really USB 3.0?

I have a Dell Inspiron 15R 5520 laptop with 4 USB ports. One of them has nothing on it. Two of them have a USB symbol with SS.(USB 3.0 I suppose) One of them has USB with both SS and a bolt symbol. ...
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Does Thunderbolt support a hub architecture?

I'd like to connect two monitors via a single Thunderbolt output. They are't Cinema Displays, so daisy chaining is not possible. No hub-like device appears to exist that would allow multiple displays ...
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Use a macbook Air for watching TV using thunderbolt

I have a dish tv connection. The receiver has a VGA out port and an AV output port. I want to see the tv on my macbook air. My question is - Can I use a thunderbolt to VGA cable to view TV on my ...
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External Thunderbolt drive under Linux (Clonezilla)

I'm unable to mount an external Thunderbolt drive on my Macbook Pro (Retina) from the Clonezilla shell. lshw doesn't show the device. The drive also has a USB 3 connector, which works correctly. Is ...
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RAID0 Thunderbolt Drive failure risk

I'm thinking of purchasing a Thunderbolt drive to both work off of and also do some long term storage on. (The WD Velociraptor Duo, specifically.) My problem though, is that the majority of 'speedy' ...
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how do I connect an Apple Thunderbolt display to a PC?

I have this Apple Thunderbolt display. it works fine with my Macbook Pro. I also want to connect it to my Windows laptop via HDMI. I bought this converter, which converts the HDMI signal to ...
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Accessing a Macbook Pro in Target Disk mode over Thunderbolt from Windows

I have a MacBook Pro late 2011 with Thunderbolt booted into Target Disk Mode, as well as a Gigabyte motherboard model number GA-Z77X-UP4 TH running Windows 7. The MBP has two internal disks formatted ...
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Acer Monitor connected to Imac scrolls through display options too fast for IMac to send back signal?

I recently purchased a 2011 Intel Imac running Mountain Lion. I hooked up an Acer H243H monitor to it using a thunderbolt to HDMI converter. I also have a separate Windows machine plugged into the ...
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Thunderbolt to multiple non-apple monitors

I've found several Q&A barely touching this option, and therefore no fairly usable answer. I do have Macbook Pro 13" 2012'mid (not retina) with Thunderbolt port. I'd like to use from 3-6 monitors ...
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DaisyChain Non-Apple monitors to Macbook Pro

I as hoping to daisychain some monitors to either my display port or my thunderbolt port for my early 2011 Macbook Pro (AMD Radeon HD 6490M). I don't want to buy the expensive Apple monitors but I'm ...
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Multiple external monitors attached to a laptop require Thunderbolt?

If I want multiple external monitors attached to a laptop does that mean I need to buy a laptop with the Thunderbolt port and specialised monitors? Or is there non Apple solution? I ask as my ...
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How to connect two Dual-link-DVI displays to a Thunderbolt MacBook Pro

I want to connect two 2560x1440 displays to a summer 2012 MacBook Pro Retina (MBP from now on). The best way to do it would be to buy two Apple thunderbolt displays, which would connect Display2 ...
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ASUS P8Z77-V PRO/TB & Apple Thunderbolt Displays

I just setup a new PC with the new ASUS P8Z77-V PRO/THUNDERBOLT and am currently able to get one of my two thunderbolt displays working. The second one is outputting sound, but no video... Any ...
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Using a Thunderbolt display with a Mini DisplayPort Mac

I have a MacBook Pro that I purchased in December 2010 that has a Mini DisplayPort, but no Thunderbolt port. I would like to purchase a monitor for my machine. What I would really like is one of the ...
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What is the maximum resolution that a Thunderbolt monitor can display?

The new MacBook Pro has a resolution of 2880 by 1800 pixels. I don't know how the GPU is connected to the monitor, but a more important question for me is: if there were standalone Retina displays, ...
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Can a Thunderbolt-equipped iMac be used as an external display for a DisplayPort-equipped PC?

I have a mid-2011 21.5" iMac with a Thunderbolt port. Can I use this port to have the iMac act as a external monitor for my Windows 7 laptop that has a DisplayPort video output? The MacOS Help Center ...
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Can I use more than two displays with a MacBook?

Is it possible to add more than two external displays to MacBook using the Thunderbolt interface only? Would a chain of displays connected to each other on Thunderbolt work?