Apple Cinema Display Windows Driver

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I moved into a Unix team around 2008/2009 and at that time I inherited a 30″ Apple Cinema Display (2560×1600), one of the original 30″ displays available. The display was connected to a HP Workstation running RHEL 4 via DVI-D.

I'm running driver 17.1.64.6, which is current, under Windows 10 Home 1709. The same display (and Thunderbolt 3-to-2 converter) works with a Dell laptop that contains an older Intel Thunderbolt chip running an older driver, so it is possible to make this work under Windows 10. Obviously, when PC users install Boot Camp 3.0 + Boot Camp 3.1 Update + Apple Magic Trackpad and 27-inch LED Cinema Display Update, a lot of unnecessary drivers are installed. Believe it or not, it seems there is only one single standalone file needed to control the ACD27' brightness settings on the PC: AppleControlPanel.exe. Question: Q: Apple 30' Cinema HD Display Driver for Windows 10 More Less Apple Footer This site contains user submitted content, comments and opinions and is for informational purposes only. I have a 24' Apple Cinema Display that features a separate USB cable for data/audio/isight. It works perfectly in OS X, but in Windows 10 upon plugging in the usb cable the audio will work, but only for about a minute, then it will stop working. Windows still sees an 'apple usb audio device' but no sound will come out.

After the team re-organized I moved onto the Virtual Infrastructure team and took my Apple Cinema Display with me. Now it was connected to a Lenovo Thinkpad T440 via a HDMI to DVI-D adapter.

One of the issues that I have always had is that there are no external brightness settings for the monitor. It has always been quite dim. Well today I said “Enough is Enough”.

I did some quick googling and found the two links that I would need:

https://support.apple.com/kb/DL1837?viewlocale=en_US&locale=en_US

The first link is to the latest Boot Camp drivers. The second link has a post at the end where the guy describes what drivers are needed.

To summarize:

  1. Download the Boot Camp drivers from the first link
  2. Extract the Zip FIle
  3. Run this installer .bootcamp5.1.5769BootCampDriversAppleAppleDisplayInstaller64.exe
  4. Open a cmd prompt as administrator and run .bootcamp5.1.5769BootCampDriversAppleBootCamp.msi
    1. Note that installer may load USB drivers that can disconnect your mouse and keyboard. I was on a laptop so I used my laptop keyboard
  5. Reboot
  6. Now you will see a Boot Camp tray Icon and Boot Camp Control Panel to control the brightness

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