• 1.0 out of 5 stars

    DOES NOT WORK ON SOME MONITORS

    • Written by from Ft Walton Beach

    I am a new Mac User and am getting extremely frustrated with the workaround I had to do in order to show a display on my Sony Tv. Luckily being an engineer I was able to figure out how to get it working in two hours... but it is only a temporary fix, as soon as I unplug it it wont work again.


    When I first plugged my Macbook Pro (Late 2011 Lion 10.7.2) into my 40" Sony TV (KDL-40SL150) via VGA it wouldn't connect for some reason. I know it wasnt the VGA cable, as I had directly unplugged it from my desktop. I also know ti wasnt my Mini DisplayPort to VGA as I tested it on a Samsung SyncMaster 204BW and it worked immediately. After banging my head against the wall I found that if I mirrored the display, unplugged it from the monitor into my tv, and selected the correct resolution 1280x960 @60Hz that it would show up on my Sony TV. But every time I clicked the box to turn off Mirroring it stopped functioning. I found that I had to show displays in the menu bar and then after I unclicked Mirror Displays I could go up to the monitor and return the resolution to 1280x960.


    This FINALLY got it to work. Unfortunately every time I reset/close my computer I would have to redo this nonsensical process.


    It is obvious that the Macbook CAN display to my TV, but it wont. Is there a program where I can set it up, and then save teh settings so I just have to click a button to get it all working? Is there a way to Force Detect? This is crazy!


    Also the strange thing is I went to the Hardware Settings for the Display and it showed the following:

    Intel HD Graphics 3000:


    Chipset Model: Intel HD Graphics 3000

    Type: GPU

    Bus: Built-In

    VRAM (Total): 384 MB

    Vendor: Intel (0x8086)

    Device ID: 0x0126

    Revision ID: 0x0009

    Displays:

    Color LCD:

    Resolution: 1280 x 800

    Pixel Depth: 32-Bit Color (ARGB8888)

    Main Display: Yes

    Mirror: Off <----- IT IS MIRRIRORD

    Online: Yes

    Built-In: Yes

    Display Connector:


    Why is there nothing for the display connector?



    I looked in the Thunderbolt section and it says no device is connected... this is nonsense!


    Port:

    Status: No devices connected

    Link Status: 7

    Port Micro Firmware Version: 2.1.1


    Please give me a work around for this. How can I manually set resolution to 1080? How can I save the monitor configuration so I dont have to do this every time?


    The only reason this works is because it thinks my TV is my SyncMaster monitor! Ridiculous!!! Is this some plot to get us to by Thunderbolt Displays???

    29 of 35 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Disappointing

    • Written by from Blue Island

    Disappointed that Apple didn't design an adapter which would stay connected. We have to use electrical tape or rubber bands to keep the adapter connected. This is not right. There is not a way to use the tightners which come with any projector's cord.

    23 of 23 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Terrible

    • Written by from New York

    Apple needs to stop using Mini DisplayPort. It's a way to get money without providing anything but more complications. I'm on my second adapter, and it doesn't work with any of my screens/monitors (I have three).

    35 of 47 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Do you feel lucky?

    • Written by from Chicago

    The Mini Display Port is a failed product, as you can discover when you type in "flicker" and the name of the product into Google and see how many hits you get. That Apple continues to sell this is a real stain on their reputation. And yes, I applied the "fix" that Apple has offered, and it had no effect. I also took my laptop to a "genius," who ran some tests and declared it in tip-top shape. I find that sometimes tightening the screws on the connection helps, but only temporarily. Unless Apple comes up with a genuine fix to this, I think those of us who have computers with this port will have to accept that external displays are not going to work. (Well, they seem to work for some people. But clearly you are taking a gamble - read the reviews, and do the Google search...)

    29 of 35 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    "short" term use

    • Written by from virginia beach

    i bougt this 4 months ago. it worked great at first but the vga has a short. it seems the adapter was made poorley . if there is a cheeper alternative i strongly suggest looking into it. brand isn't everything.

    24 of 26 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    No Video on Samsung LCD

    • Written by from Antalya

    This is so disappointing. Apple has a mini display port and a mini display port to VGA adapter. I can connect many PC's with Windows to my Samsung LCD via VGA but not my new mac book air. Also there is no warning for Samsung LCD compatibility problem.
    Why Apple is not making a solution for this issue???

    26 of 30 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Can't attach correctly to VGA Cables

    • Written by from Montreal

    I do a lot of presentations with a MacBook Pro and a projector in different places and I can never attach tightly my VGA cables; the holders are to far from the edge. I have to use tape all the time to make sure it doesn't unplug and there is risk of poor color displaying if it is not plugged correctly. I'm not happy with it and I don't have other options. I hope you guys fix the problem.

    25 of 28 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Doesn't work with HP w2408h

    • Written by from Santa Ana

    I bought this after trying the Displayport to DVi, and then converting it to HDMI. The result was lots of interference and a poor connection, so i thought i'd "downgrade" to the VGA. IT DOESN"T EVEN WORK!! Seems like this new displayport is a scam to get people to purchase apple's monitors. DO NOT BUY THIS PRODUCT!!

    28 of 34 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    doesn't work with new MBA 2012

    • Written by from Bruxelles

    Issues with refresh rates and external screen divided in 2! Apple please correct this.

    25 of 29 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    doesn't work

    • Written by from Mayville

    I have tried using this VGA adaptor a few times but it never works. The VGA adaptor for the iPad works fine. What's the deal with this?

    24 of 27 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    significant number of these break after a short time

    • Written by from Round Lake

    I work in a school district where we have had to replace many of these where they just stop working. It gets expensive very quickly. This is a poorly constructed product, and you risk having it just die on you for no good reason.

    22 of 23 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    bad work

    • Written by

    if you connect to a TV samsung it works only if you turn on first the tv and then the MAC.

    But going deeper it seem a driver problem.
    On vista and 7 installaed on boot camp it works everytime!!!!!!!!

    Apple, please check the external VGA to a samsung monitor

    23 of 25 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    oh.

    • Written by from Malta

    on my 3rd exchange in 2 weeks because it stopped working...... again.........Also the fact that I have to even give this one star is an over statement of its quality. Get a different adapter.

    26 of 31 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    SECOND Mini to VGA I've purchased

    • Written by from Austin

    This is the second Mini Port to VGA adapter I have purchased within 8 months or so and I have never been able to return for a refund or to swap product, which is VERY IRRITATING! Apparently, if you remove it and try to reattached, it decides not to register that it's hooked up. My macbook does as my info goes to the other screen but my BRAND new Samsung monitor just can't read it.

    I also purchased a Mini Port to HDMI... SAME PROBLEM!... However, I never replaced this item because I can't afford it....

    Definitely can't afford to keep purchasing the SAME product from APPLE that goes out within a month or two.

    Come on APPLE!!! I'm a believer, I have a MacBook Pro, and Ipad and and Iphone... I'd really like to connect my flat screen monitor or TV to my EXPENSIVE, awesome gadgets, as that's why I bought Apple... BUT THIS BAD PRODUCT IS MAKING MY PRODUCTIVITY TERRIBLE!!!!

    Please offer support for someone like myself with these constantly failing accessories you make... Provide a solution to me to ease my frustration...

    24 of 28 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Does not work

    • Written by from Brooklyn

    i'm very disappointed. I spent the whole day trying to connect it from my macbook pro to my samsung monitor with no luck. I thought I was doing something wrong. I took the mini displayport to VGA adapter out and connected the screen to my hp laptop and it worked right away. So It seems like the problem is with the mini displayport. It says that its not connected. I'm not sure what the problem is but I wouldn't recommend it. Hope apple fixes the problem.

    25 of 30 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    This thing is janky.

    • Written by from Portland

    I used this thing on and off for a year and it was always a bit touchy but now it doesn't work at all. I would suggest a direct cable for 1/3 the price. This product is faulty and should not be offered by the Apple store

    25 of 30 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Screen blinking intermittently even after firmware update

    • Written by from DURHAM

    I have a Samsung 2253bw monitor, and I was having the same problem others have described. Every two minutes or so, the screen blanks for about 3 seconds and then comes back on. I wrote down the timing once, the interval can be less than a minute and up to at least 10 minutes. I was psyched when I saw the firmware update for this exact problem, but not psyched when it was not fixed afterwards; there is no improvement. Also, I was generally annoyed to have to pay $30 to output to ANY device, since when this machine came out there was no device on the market that had a mini DP input -- not that it comes with a mini DP cable anyway.

    20 of 20 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Don't work on Windows

    • Written by from Houston

    Well, on Lion it's work perfect! But when you install win7 (boot camp) this don't work :/

    24 of 29 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Dissapointing...... No support for 1920x1440

    • Written by from Huizen

    Bought a new mac mini to use it with my home theater setup. Old mac mini with the intel graphics chipset can do up to 1920x1440 on analog VGA output. (via dvi to vga adapter). New setup with this cable can do max 1920x1200.... And even that doesnt work properly. Signals seem to be distorted....

    Waste of money.

    26 of 33 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    They Don't Last And They're Expensive

    • Written by from CONCORD

    I'm at a public school full of Macs. The preview adaptors lasted forever and were only 20 bucks. Now this one is 30 bucks and I've lost 3 so far this year. They just die. Not what you want in an public educations setting where funds are tight. Just a complication and they fall out...I could go on and on.

    22 of 25 people found this useful