So you are using a new monitor with an old Mac

So you are using a new monitor with an old Mac

While Mac 911 receives a lot of E-Mails about the connection of Apple old series reveals new Thunderbolt-3 Macs via USB-C ports, it is also possible to go the other direction: they include a new “USB-C” monitor for older Macs—as long as the monitor has multiple video ports. (We published a great FAQ on what you need to connect to old displays on newer Macs.)

Many display makers advertise their newer monitors as a “USB-C” – models. And there is no backward compatibility of USB-C, if the port offers Thunderbolt 3 or just USB, video, network and power. No manufacturers have created, is for Thunderbolt 2, which will allow a USB-C port. I’m not sure, it is also possible, but there is simply not enough market for them, if they were.

you can buy USB-C-to-Mini DisplayPort Adapter, but it does not work in the reverse direction, the host computer must bundle a USB-C controller on your motherboard, the signal correctly from the USB-C to the outside; a display adapter accepts a signal wrapped in the correct format and decrypts it.

But, read the data on a “USB-C” monitor, and usually you will find that there is also a DisplayPort (full-size), and HDMI includes. For example, the 1080p 24-inch and 27-inch-Dell monitors, P2419HC and P2719HC, have USB-C, DisplayPort, and HDMI.

Because of these standards, backward-compatibility, you just need to find a way to connect a Mac with Mini DisplayPort or Thunderbolt 2 to DisplayPort or HDMI port. (You can find the specs for your Mac on the video dimensions, it can spend to avoid the disappointment of the money on a monitor, you have a lower resolution than the maximum.)

Mini DisplayPort, and Thunderbolt 2 have the same port type, but different standards. This is a problem when you try to connect a Thunderbolt 2-hard drive to an older Mac, the only a Mini DisplayPort connector. It will not work. (A rectangle with a vertical bar on each page displays, Mini-DisplayPort, while a lightning is Thunderbolt 2.)

However, if you plug a cable directly into an Apple Thunderbolt 2 connection, it can be used to drive a Mini-DisplayPort monitors, like Apple’s notes, find out on the long side ports, a useful read for anyone trying, the compatibility over several generations of Macs.

Mini-DisplayPort-to-DisplayPort-adapter and cable remain readily available. You can buy something like the AmazonBasics-cable ($10.99 for a six-foot version) to plug into a monitor Jack. To exchange if the monitor has built-in DisplayPort cable, or you want more easily with a DisplayPort-cable between the devices, you can opt instead for a Benfei adapter ($9.59), the plug in a Mini DisplayPort connector, and offers a female DisplayPort connection.

If you want to use an HDMI connection or only via a HDMI port the HDMI cable is not available, or for free on your monitor, a Mini-DisplayPort-to-be also inexpensive. A AmazonBasics six-foot cable is only $10.47.

This Mac 911 article, the answer to a question that was submitted from Macworld reader Faisel.

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Released on Wed, 29 Apr 2020 12:00:00 +0000

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