Thunderbolt Docks – Just Because You Can Plug It In Doesn’t Mean it Will Work

Belkin Thunderbolt docksIn November of 2016, I got the Touch Bar MacBook Pro. It’s got the new fangled USB-C ports that carry Thunderbolt 3. I did a post back then about how there were some unexpected challenges with that new machine with my existing hardware.

Specifically, there was no adapter available to allow me to use my 27” Apple Cinema Display with the new Mac. The problem is that my display is the very last of the Display Port models, right before they came out with the Thunderbolt model. I can’t complain though because I received it as a free replacement under AppleCare when my 24” Apple Cinema Display wouldn’t work with my new-at-the-time 2013 MacBook Pro. Noticing a pattern here?

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NC #604 Amazon Marketing, OWC Thunderbolt Dock, Stocking Stuffers, SCO Member App, All Smart Life Adapter

Amazon tricks me into buying stuff with the Echo Dot, OWC Thunderbolt 2 Dock review by Trevor Drover, tech stocking stuffers under $50, new SCO Member Tutorials iOS app for ScreenCasts Online, $22 AllSmartLife USB-C adapter to make your DisplayPort monitor work with a new MacBook Pro.


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$22 Adapter Lets the New MacBook Pros Drive DisplayPort Monitors

Last week I told you about how the new MacBook Pro won’t run a DisplayPort monitor. I quoted the Apple support article that explains that their USB-C to Thunderbolt adapter simply will not work with any DisplayPort display, including their own legacy monitors.

I explained how my darling husband Steve swapped monitors with me so that I could use his Thunderbolt Apple Cinema Display with my new MacBook Pro. Steve also gave me his Belkin Thunderbolt dock so I could keep just one cable plugged into my laptop. It’s still working great, but the plot thickens.

This week, I got an email from Dave Price, long time NosillaCastaway, and Apple Certified Support Professional of TekBasics in Dunstable, MA (www.tekbasics.com).

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Touch Bar MacBook Pro Challenges and Solutions

Desktop with thunderbolt dockSix years ago I splurged and bought myself a 24″ Apple Cinema Display. I loved that display. It was huge in that day and worked perfectly with my 2011 MacBook Pro. In 2013 I upgraded to a the fancy new Retina MacBook Pro, but something weird started happening. Fairly frequently, the monitor would blink off and then back on again.

I took the new Mac and the display into Apple (which is a lot to carry) and they checked it out. Nothing wrong with either device but the genius found documentation that there was a firmware issue between the two devices. He suggested that I give it a little while and I would be pushed the firmware update. I know I live on the bleeding edge and this is the penalty, so I was cool with it. At first. Continue reading “Touch Bar MacBook Pro Challenges and Solutions”

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