Connecting an Apple Cinema Display to a Windows XP Laptop

Recently I was trying to figure out if I could connect my old laptop which has VGA output to an Apple Cinema Display from a couple of years back that has a DVI-D connector/cable and I found out that you really cannot unless you buy a VGA-to-DVI-D converter.

Such a converter is not a simple adapter. Instead it is an analog-to-digital signal converter. Something like this.

Also from what I found on the Internet — you really want a very good converter since the digital signal requirements are very stringent. Unfortunately such converters are expensive $300 and up — for that price you can simply buy a new LCD monitor compatible with your laptop.

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Building JSure on Ubuntu

I needed to do the following additional steps to get JSure: The Javascript Checker (Version 1.0.0 from http://www.jsure.org) to build on Ubuntu (8.04, hardy).

  1. I did not have ocaml installed — I need to run “aptitude install ocaml“.
  2. The build was failing with errors referring “ocamlopt.opt” — I had to modify all references to “ocamlopt.opt“, “ocaml.opt” and “ocamldep.opt” to remove the “.opt” in the Aurochs build file myocamlbuild.ml.
  3. The JSure build was giving me “/usr/bin/ld: cannot find -lgdbm_compat” errors — I had to make softlinks in /usr/lib to the version specific libraries that linker/loader was complaining about (ln -s libgdbm_compat.so.3.0.0 libgdbm_compat.so)

The other instructions at the JSure web-site also need be followed.

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