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Warning: An interesting problem with Thunderbolt cables!

Postby RegressiveRock » Sat Feb 04, 2012 11:57 pm

Well: not actually a Thunderbolt cable as such. I bought an iWires mini Dvi to HDMI cable so I could watch "Tinker, Taylor, Soldier, Spy", (which a work colleague described as slow and I found very well crafted) and "Columbiana" (which has a plot that leaks like a sieve and is frankly mediocre), using my iMac as a DVD player to my telly...

Despite the port design which should only allow such a cable to go in only one way: it will go in either way.

Beware!

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Re: Warning: An interesting problem with Thunderbolt cables!

Postby chris... » Sun Feb 05, 2012 5:34 am

At which end ?

And sorry for being thick, but where does thunderbolt come into this ?
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Re: Warning: An interesting problem with Thunderbolt cables!

Postby RegressiveRock » Sun Feb 05, 2012 9:42 am

At the Thunderbolt/iMac end.

The Thunderbolt port doubles as the display out on new iMacs.

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Re: Warning: An interesting problem with Thunderbolt cables!

Postby chris... » Sun Feb 05, 2012 11:52 am

Ah right, I was thrown by the reference to mini DVI.
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Re: Warning: An interesting problem with Thunderbolt cables!

Postby RegressiveRock » Sun Feb 05, 2012 3:06 pm

chris... wrote:Ah right, I was thrown by the reference to mini DVI.

Same male connector as Thunderbolt...
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Re: Warning: An interesting problem with Thunderbolt cables!

Postby chris... » Sun Feb 05, 2012 3:30 pm

You thinking of Mini DisplayPort ?

( not the same as the older Mini-DVI )
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Re: Warning: An interesting problem with Thunderbolt cables!

Postby RegressiveRock » Sun Feb 05, 2012 4:44 pm

Probably
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Re: Warning: An interesting problem with Thunderbolt cables!

Postby chris... » Sun Feb 05, 2012 4:51 pm

That's the great thing about standards...

...there are so many to choose from!
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Re: Warning: An interesting problem with Thunderbolt cables!

Postby RegressiveRock » Sun Feb 05, 2012 6:45 pm

I do not know why they got rid of the old port, really.

No you have to buy a big screen iMac I guess if you want to run a big screen for video plus a Thunderbolt sound card.

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Re: Warning: An interesting problem with Thunderbolt cables!

Postby Not For Glory » Tue Feb 14, 2012 8:50 am

*Warning* Do not buy a great big imac if you appreciate screen quality!!!!
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Re: Warning: An interesting problem with Thunderbolt cables!

Postby ConcertinaChap » Tue Feb 14, 2012 8:59 am

Que?

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Re: Warning: An interesting problem with Thunderbolt cables!

Postby Not For Glory » Wed Feb 15, 2012 10:00 am

I have a 27" quad core imac, great machine, but the panel is where they save the money, resolution is great obviously, but the screen is awful in every other respect, uniformity, banding, terrible motion handling, they are NOT good screens. I can post examples if you like and links to forums with pages and pages of complaints.

Or you could just trust me

Or look for yourself

The panels Apple use in the standalone screens are very different to the ones they build into imacs...
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Re: Warning: An interesting problem with Thunderbolt cables!

Postby Not For Glory » Wed Feb 15, 2012 10:00 am

chris... wrote:That's the great thing about standards...

...there are so many to choose from!

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Re: Warning: An interesting problem with Thunderbolt cables!

Postby Folderol » Wed Feb 15, 2012 4:49 pm

chris... wrote:That's the great thing about standards...

...there are so many to choose from!
Yes. They copied the idea from the nut&bolt industry
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Re: Warning: An interesting problem with Thunderbolt cables!

Postby Kevin Nolan » Wed Feb 15, 2012 9:11 pm

Watching new films from HD - were the copies of those films legal?
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Re: Warning: An interesting problem with Thunderbolt cables!

Postby chris... » Thu Feb 16, 2012 4:40 am

Kevin Nolan wrote:Watching new films from HD - were the copies of those films legal?
Good point. Watching films whilst on your Harley-Davidson could well be dangerous, and probably illegal.
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Re: Warning: An interesting problem with Thunderbolt cables!

Postby ConcertinaChap » Thu Feb 16, 2012 12:26 pm

Not For Glory wrote:Or look for yourself

Already have. The screen on my 27" iMac is a thing of wonder and beauty. Maybe I'm lucky, or maybe you're not?

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Re: Warning: An interesting problem with Thunderbolt cables!

Postby Not For Glory » Thu Feb 16, 2012 1:03 pm

So when you are looking at this very screen, you have a totally uniform flat grey around this window?
with none of this:

http://www.google.co.uk/search?q=imac+screen+uneven+lighting&hl=en&prmd=imvnsfd&source=lnms&tbm=isch&ei=x_48T4zoCcTv8QPRmsC1CA&sa=X&oi=mode_link&ct=mode&cd=2&sqi=2&ved=0CAwQ_AUoAQ&biw=2559&bih=1304

And if you restart your machine, and the screen goes white, it is absolutely flat and even?
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Re: Warning: An interesting problem with Thunderbolt cables!

Postby ConcertinaChap » Thu Feb 16, 2012 1:21 pm

As good as or better than any other monitor I've seen (and believe me, as a computer programmer for the last quarter century I've seen a lot). Not particularly inclined to argue this one, though, just pointing out that this is one of those situations where, as our American friends would say, Your Mileage May Vary.

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