Charles has an old Hi8 video and a Sony camera that is connected to FireWire (i.Link). He wants to get the data off it. Leo says the problem is that computers don't support FireWire anymore natively. So Charles would need to get a USB3 to i.Link adapter cable. iLink to USB2 would probably be too slow.
Alex uses the Blackmagic HDMI to Thunderbolt recorders, but he doesn't have enough ports on his computer to connect them. Leo says you need a powered hub or dock which will give you enough ports. Pluggable makes a good one, but Anker's new Thunderbolt dock is really good. Highly recommend. Caldigit even makes a better one.
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.
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.
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.
Timmy wants to know if he can get firewire for his Windows laptop? He has a mixer that is firewire based. Leo says you want to be looking at Thunderbolt moving forward, and you can get a cable for about $30 that will adapt Firewire to Thunderbolt. Thunderbolt is the future, and that will future proof your hardware.
Peter bought a new iMac, but when it goes to sleep, it can't wake up his two other 5K displays. Leo says he has the same problem. Sometimes he logs out and logs back in and that works, other times he unplugs it and plugs it back in. What's happening is that the monitor isn't sensing the signal and it won't wake up without it.
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.
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.
Target Disk Mode is a simple and efficient way to move files from one Mac to another. This can be used if your Mac won't boot and you need to get files off of it. Or you could transfer files onto a Mac this way, just as you would with an external hard drive. Here's how to take advantage of this convenient feature built into OS X: