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Paper Tape
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Can someone please help me out with a W540

I just got a used w540. The Ebay specs say

1 mini display port

1 thunderbird port


Looking on the right of the laptop, it looks like it has a thunderbolt port. Is this a 2 in 1 port? I was doing some reading and I thought the documentation said you have either one or the other. Confused. 




Mine looks just like this. 


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Re: Can someone please help me out with a W540

Physically, that's a mini display port. but I believe they have the same signals.  I have used adapters to go from W540's mini display port to Display port, VGA and HDMI, but I have never seen an adapter to connect to other devices that are thuderbolt-compatible.  Perhaps someone can add more information.


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Re: Can someone please help me out with a W540

It seems to be either 'just' a mini DP port OR a Thunderbolt Connector. 

Can you see a symbol near this port?


Both variants do support ext. displays using a mini DP cable, but only the Thunderbolt Connector does support other devices too.


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