For older posts, hit up the Archive or Category links in the right sidebar

 


RescueMyClassicMac.com

Do you need old system software disks to boot your vintage Mac?


MailFromCupertino.com

It's fun to look back at old Apple emails. Check them out.


This site is not affiliated with Apple, Inc.
All company logos and product names may be registered trademarks and are hereby acknowledged.

© 2004-2016 Kevin Rye. All Rights Reserved.

For older posts, hit up the Archive or Category links in the right sidebar

 

AppleToTheCore.me

I'm a total Apple addict, as you might tell.

27" LED Cinema Display

My 30” Cinema Display is reaching the end of its life. It’s not a bright and vivid as it used to be. There also seems to be some dark spots along the bottom and right hand sides of the display.

I’ve also never been happy with the Nvidia card in my Mac Pro. Every few months the display bugs out and the pixels on the display freak out. They change color and get stuck. The only thing that fixes it is a reboot.

nvidia graphicsglitch1

nvidia graphicsglitch1.pn2

I Googled the hell out of this and I couldn’t find anyone with the same issue. I even dropped a line on Apple’s support forums. The closest explanation I could get was “bad video RAM”.

The new thing now is that it just completely craps out:

Pasted Graphic 210

I probably should have taken it into the Apple store and taken advantage of Apple Care, but honestly, it happened only a few times a year, and I just could not bare the though of lugging my baby into the mall and leaving it at the Apple Store for days until they fixed it. If it happened every other day, then that would have been a different story.

I wanted the new 27” Cinema Display the first time I saw it on Apple.com. I also knew that in order to get it, I’d also have to spring for a new video card, as one with a mini display port is required. So it’s not just a $1000 monitor, but a $1000 monitor and a $300 video card. I can’t justify that kind of cash unless it’s a Christmas present.

So I begged my wife and, being the good helper elf she is, pulled some strings with Santa and made it so.

So, without further ado, the obligatory unboxing extravaganza.....

27” LED Cinema Display

Pasted Graphic 211

ATI Radeon HD 5770 1GB upgrade kit

Pasted Graphic 212

Pasted Graphic 213

1 Dual Link DVI connection and 2 mini display ports. I can drive the 27” and still have my 30” connected if I wanted to!

Pasted Graphic 214

Pasted Graphic 215

Pasted Graphic 216

Pasted Graphic 217

Pasted Graphic 218

Isn’t she gorgeous!?

Pasted Graphic 219

And now for the video card install......

I pulled the Nvidia 8800 GT out and popped in the new ATI card.

Pasted Graphic 220

I figured I’d leave the 8800 in just in case I ever have to reinstall Snow Leopard. The retail disk that I bought is 10.6.0. So I do not think that the installer will play nice with the 27” display considering it does not have drivers for it. If I leave the Nvidia card in, I can just boot the installer and use my 19” display off the Nvidia card.

Pasted Graphic 221

The first boot was a success! Everything works. And as you can see, the 30” is also connected to the same card.

Pasted Graphic 222

I had the 30” side by side with the 27” for about a week. (Wish I took a picture!) I’m not happy with that setup. It really borders on obnoxious.

The 30” is just too big to be used as a secondary monitor. So I’m moving the 30” to my wife’s Mac Mini and I’ll use her 22” as my secondary. Also, her HP monitor is a closer match to the Cinema Display’s look and feel than was my POS 19” Dell. I just needed to give it a lift with some of the kids’ wooden blocks. (Shhhh, don’t tell!)

Pasted Graphic 223