Thunderbolt

How Can I Connect My Mac to a MIDI Keyboard?

iPad air

Episode 1786

Alex from Northridge, CA

Alex wants to upgrade his Mac and attach it to a MIDI keyboard to make music. He wants to be able to tether it, not rely on a network or wifi connection. Leo says that macOS doesn't support touch, so he'd have to use a simulated mouse. But it's doable. Leo would recommend going with a Thunderbolt connection in order to do it. The chatroom says that there's a Mac Compatible touchscreen Monitor on sale at Amazon.

What Monitor Should I Get for a New Mac Mini?

2020 New Mac Mini

Episode 1748

Will from Denver, CO

Will is ready to buy a new Mac Mini with the M1 Apple Silicon processor. He wants to use it for photography. What monitor should he get? Leo says to avoid the Apple XDR display. It's just too damn expensive. The Mac Mini supports Thunderbolt and HDMI, so it can drive many models. Dell makes some really nice monitors for 200-300, but their UltraSharp line would be similar to Will's old iMac. You can get a 27" Dell UltraSharp for $359. 

How Can I Add a Type-C Port to My Computer and Drive 3 Monitors?

Thunderbolt 3

Episode 1701

Jake from Denver, CO

Jake has transitioned to a home office for his work. He has a three monitor setup for his laptop and docking station. He has another older computer that can only drive two of the monitors because it doesn't use USB-C. So he added a USB-C card. Still two monitors only. Leo says that Jake's video card is probably too old to drive all three video monitors. Are there any discreet graphics cards that can handle USB-C? Type-C can be USB 3.1 or Thunderbolt 3. Looks the same. So it can be confusing. 

Is it worth it to fix my Thunderbolt display?

Apple Thunderbolt Display

Episode 1397

Don from Los Angeles, CA

Don has a Thunderbolt display that turns off randomly. He hears that it's an overheating issue. Jason says that a Thunderbolt display is like its own computer, and if the fans have become clogged or defective, it could be turning off. It may be an expensive fix, to the point where it would be cheaper to just buy a new one. Finding a local guy who could fix it may be the most affordable option.

How can I transfer files from my old Mac to my new Mac?

Apple MacBook Pro

Episode 1211

Matthew from Encino, CA

Matthew wants to transfer old files from his old computer to his new computer. Leo says that Matthew can use an ethernet cable, Firewire or even Thunderbolt and put the old computer into "target disk mode." This will treat his old Mac as a hard drive that will mount on the new Mac. Then it's just a simple drag and drop of his files.