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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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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Apple thunderbolt display 27' connected to PC

I just bought an apple thunderbolt display 27' and Asus maximus v extreme motherboard. My GPU is N480GTX. when I open a game ı cannot play in high performance. also in web pages like facebook, the gpu ...
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Display port Monitor (NEC PA272W connect to PC thunderbolt connection [duplicate]

I would like to know if the thunderbolt output on the ASUS Z87 deluxe/dual MB will work with my NEC PA272W monitor displayport input? If so I would be utilizing the builtin graphics of the i7-4770k ...
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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 an 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 ...
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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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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?
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Could Thunderbolt be added to an Existing Motorboard using a new PCI-Express Card?

I have a fairly high spec workstation in house at the moment, and all this talk about ThunderBolt connections has made me wonder: could it be possible to add a Thunderbolt Port to an existing machine ...
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Setup an External Video Card for splitting DisplayPorts

I recently purchased a MacBook Pro and, as is known, it only supports one external monitor with its DisplayPort/Thunderbolt port. I've heard of people building external video card enclosures and using ...
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How would speakers work with dual Thunderbolt displays?

If I connect a Thunderbolt MacBook Pro to two Thunderbolt displays, would it output the sound from four speakers, i.e. 49 watts x2?
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Is it possible to connect an external Monitor to an Apple Thunderbolt Display?

Well the title says it all but still. Is there a way to connect an external monitor using a DVI->MiniDP converter to the Thunderbolt Port on the Apple Thunderbolt Display?
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Can one DisplayPort monitor support both Mac Pro and Mac Book? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Can I connect a DisplayPort monitor to the Thunderbolt port on a Mac, and vice-versa? Can a new Apple Thunderbolt Display be connected to a mini display port? The ...
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Can I connect a DisplayPort monitor to the Thunderbolt port on a Mac, and vice-versa?

Does anyone know if a monitor equipped with a DisplayPort (e.g. the Dell U2311h LCD screen) can be connected to the Thunderbolt port on a Mac? I want to connect two of these LCDs (one via ...
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Why won't the Thunderbolt Firmware Update v1 ever install on a Macbook Pro 2011?

Software update keeps telling me that Thunderbolt Firmware Update v1 needs installing, and that it needs a reboot - so I duly oblige, and it goes through the motions. But it keeps telling me it needs ...
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Is there a VGA to Thunderbolt adapter that supports Lion?

I have an old Toshiba desktop TV that I want to use as a second monitor for a very new MacMini. All that the display has is VGA input. I already have an Apple display in my HDMI port, so I can't use ...
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Macbook pro 15" dual external display [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Is it possible to connect a MacBook to two monitors? How can I connect two external DVI displays to a 2011 15" MacBook Pro?
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iMac - connecting an external monitor to my thunderbold ouput

I have a LG HDTV that has many inputs HDMI and one VGA. The HDMI input expects the audio to come with the video and the VGA input has a separate audio mini-jack input and when selected expects the ...
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How many external displays can I connect to the new iMac (May 2011)

The new iMac has just been released with two thunderbolt ports. For those that don't know, thunderbolt comprises of PCI Express and Display Port technology, is also known as 'LightPeak' and is ...
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Will Thunderbolt noticably change virtual machine performance for an external hard disk drive?

I've previously read suggestions for running a virtual machine from an external hard drive to increase performance. With this in mind, I'm curious what the introduction of a new technology like ...
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Intel thunderbolt port - can I use it to connect 2 macpros together to get fast networking

There is a new fast port from Intel: Thunderbolt (was code named Light Peak). It provides Dual-channel Bi-directional 10 Gbps per port. Can I use this port to connect two computers together like with ...
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What is Thunderbolt (formerly known as Light Peak)

I've heard about this a lot recently, mainly involving Apple and Intel. Some says it's a protocol, others say it's fibre optic, and others say it's copper. One source even said it was a "wireless ...