Would a Mini Display port To DVI adapter for Apple work for other Video cards ?

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by trader12, Nov 15, 2012.

  1. trader12

    trader12

    Hi,

    I have AMD FirePro 2460 video card with 4 mini dp outputs & it came with 4 mini display port to DVI pigtail converters.

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814195099

    I have been using Four Dell U2412M High resolution monitors ( 1920x1200 )with it.

    Now one of the mini DP to DVI converter doesn't works so I have been searching for it & came across similar converters but they all say it is for Apple Cinema Display, to a Mac Pro (2009), Mac mini (2009), iMac (2009), MacBook, MacBook Pro, and MacBook Air etc.

    It looks almost identical to mine except the color, which is white & mine is Black.

    I am also not sure if mine is an active conveter or not. Apple's isn't.

    Here is what Apple's looks like :

    http://www.ebay.com/itm/Mini-Displa...=US_Video_Cables_Adapters&hash=item3f17998cea


    Here is what mine looks like except I am not sure i mine is active.

    http://www.ebay.com/itm/VISIONTEK-9...=US_Video_Cables_Adapters&hash=item27ca3c2faa


    So would Apple's adapter work in my Video Card ?

    Also how do I know if my adapter is active or Passive & what is the difference ?

    Thanks

    P.S. Scat & others who replied to my other post of using a second video card, If I can just get the right adapter, I don't want to take a chance on running a second video card.
     
  2. With full size display port, passive will not run resolutions above 1600 X 1200
     
  3. trader12

    trader12

    Thank you Bolimomo.

    Very informative.

    AMD said it is Passive.

    They did not recommend the ones that state" it applies to Apple." as I posted the links.

    Active ones usually have Active written on them as following making it much easier to identify. Why can;t they do the same for Passive so that people who have never seen active can easily tell the difference.

    http://tommynation.com/displayport-dvi-adapters-explained/

    From my experience with AMD, they don't make your life easier even when it comes to finding the right drivers.

    They refer firepro as firemv ins ome places & I have heard even pros getting confused about it.
     
  4. trader12

    trader12

    I have mini display port & now I know I have a Passive adapter & it runs 1920x1200 on 24 inch monitors.

    I do have full size DP to DVI conveter & FirePro 2260 card. Now knowing what you said, I guess I am not going to try that video card with the current FirePro 2460.

    Any one having the experience of an original AMD Conveter going bad in less than 4 months of use ?
     
  5. My bad - newer cards will run 1920x1200
     
  6. For $5 why not try it out?

    I had a few of those video cards and bought the white apple display port >> DVI adapters you listed and they worked fine for me - until I couldn't get modern drivers for the cards so I sold them all.