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My 23 in. Apple Cinema Display won't start. I've successfully connected the G5 tower I was using with it to a flat screen tv to prove the tower works. Is it a power adapter problem or possibly something else?

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It does sound like the power adapter has failed. Maybe a power surge or nearby lightning strike took it out, even while it was idle. Otherwise the screen could be faulty. Most likely the power adapter, this seems to be the case with most Cinema displays (from my experience).I suggest before you just send it out, take it to an Apple store or somewhere Mac Certified and have the power adapter tested before just spending $$ on a new one (Which if there's no warranty or it's expired, can be pricey) Best of luck!

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It's fortunately quite easy to adjust the resolution your MacBook Pro sends over to your external display.  Try this:
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