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X1 Extreme and Apple Thunderbolt Display

2018-10-08, 7:44 AM

I'm unable to connect my Apple Thunderbolt Display to my new Thinkpad X1 Extreme. I have an Apple Thunderbolt 3 (USB-C) to Thunderbolt 2 adapter, and it works with our other Thunderbolt 3 capable laptops (MacBook Pro and Dell XPS 9560), but nothing happens when I connect it to the thunderbolt ports on my X1E. 

 

I have upgraded all bios and drivers to their latest version,

 

From the About-box on the thunderbolt software:

Software package version: 17.4.77.400

Application version: 17.4.77.10

Service version: 17.4.77.6

Controller driver version: 17.4.77.13

NVM Firmware version: 36.00

 

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Re: X1 Extreme and Apple Thunderbolt Display

2018-12-26, 19:18 PM

I have the exact same problem, including the use of the Apple Thunderbolt 3 to Thunderbolt 2 adapter.

 

The Thunderbolt display is working perfectly but absolutely nothing happens when I plug it into my brand new X1 Extreme. 

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Re: X1 Extreme and Apple Thunderbolt Display

2019-02-20, 5:20 AM

I managed to get it working by enabling Thunderbolt BIOS assist in the BIOS.

 

However, I get a blue screen when I disconnect the Thunderbolt display unless I enable pre-OS support for Thunderbolt too.

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Re: X1 Extreme and Apple Thunderbolt Display

2019-02-22, 14:37 PM
I can confirm that enabling Thunderbolt BIOS assist, with pre-OS support, and No security works to get an Apple Thunderbolt Display working with the Apple Thunderbolt 3 to Thunderbolt 2 adapter.

Video worked fine, as did USB peripherals connected to my Thunderbolt Display.
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Re: X1 Extreme and Apple Thunderbolt Display

2019-02-23, 5:08 AM

Do you have any blue screen issues when you disconnect the display? If not, mind sharing your bios version and thunderbolt firmware/software version?

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Re: X1 Extreme and Apple Thunderbolt Display

2019-02-27, 1:53 AM

I'm on BIOS N2EET36W 1.18. I didn't have any blue screen issues, but the screen would flicker every few minutes. I installed a fresh copy of Windows 10 Pro (not via Lenovo Recovery), installed Lenovo Vantage, and installed all updates. Have not noticed any issues since then. Here's the driver I'm on:

 

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Re: X1 Extreme and Apple Thunderbolt Display

2019-03-06, 6:08 AM

I've been able to get the Thunderbolt display to work reasonably well, as long as I don't allow the device to "connect" (only affects devices chained to the display). This means the USB ports, and network port on the Thunderbolt display don't work with the laptop, but the display does work.

 

If I do allow the connection in the Thunderbolt software, the USB+network on the Apple display work, but when I disconnect, I get a blue screen of death:

"The computer has rebooted from a bugcheck. The bugcheck was: 0x000000a0 (0x0000000000000608, 0xffffba0867857658, 0xffffffff80000000, 0x0000000000000000). A dump was saved in: C:\Windows\Minidump\030619-9812-01.dmp. Report Id: 46afca4b-59d1-4859-b28d-dabb5652bcce."

 

Analyzing the dump using Windbg tells me a litle more:

SYMBOL_NAME: pci!PciDispatchPnpPower+224

 

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Re: X1 Extreme and Apple Thunderbolt Display

2019-03-17, 20:22 PM

Thank you ignacioxd very much for this BIOS guidance.  

 

Unfortunately, even after these BIOS settings I have to additionally manually click "Detect" in the Display Settings every time I plug display in, and still the display is unstable- it shuts off after a while, randomly.  Then I have to unplug and repeat manual Detect. 

 

My laptop is Lenovo P1. Has anyone gotten Apple Thunderbolt Display to work with Lenovo P1 specifically?   Using Apple T3/T2 adaptor.  TB driver 17.4.77.13.  

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Re: X1 Extreme and Apple Thunderbolt Display

2019-04-18, 16:20 PM

I have the P1 and it does work after enabling Thunderbold assist in BIOS (1.19) but it's unusable. Might be because I have the 4k display .. but still .. unusable (screen turn off and back on after 20+ seconds, sluggish performance - the mouse moves in frames and one time the laptop display turned off by itself and did not recover until I disconnected the Thunderbold display).

 

This is a brand new 3.2k pounds machine and can't believe I'm having such issues ...

 

Thanks Lenovo! Glad you have record profits!

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Re: X1 Extreme and Apple Thunderbolt Display

2019-04-18, 17:18 PM

After more extensive use, I've also encountered problems with the Thunderbolt Display randomly blanking out for several seconds. USB ports seem to remain connected and the mouse and keyboard connected to the display both work on the laptop's display even when there's no output on the external monitor. I found the connection to be more stable when the monitor is connected before the computer is turned on. If I disconnect and reconnect while on Windows, the display is almost unusable.

 

Unfortunately, this doesn't seem like a reasonable combination of hardware. Too many stability issues.

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