• 1.0 out of 5 stars

    VGA Adapter

    • Written by from Walton

    I have now purchased 2 of these and neither one fits my computer. I have given the model number of my MacBook and have been assured it is the right product only to find it does not fit.

    15 of 35 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Cable does not do its job with MacBook Pro

    • Written by from Southfields

    This cable is supposed to work with MacBook Pro, but doesn't. No video output whatsoever, and I've tried it on two different screens and a data projector. Tried changing all possible settings, detecting displays, restarting, sleep, shutting down computer, tried all different combinations of events successions, NOTHING has worked. There is apparently a firmware upgrade, but the upgrade told me that NO cable was recognised. Can't manage to find an email address that will put in touch with Apple for support, I have tried different adaptors, none of them worked with my macbook pro.
    Very disappointing from Apple!!! What is the point making a cable that doesn't work? I cannot believe that I have NO way of connecting my laptop to a data projector (which only has VGA input) - how do business people do KEYNOTE presentations??? Apple really needs to address this issue!

    18 of 23 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    CANNOT PLAY HD MOVIES WITH THIS ADAPTER

    • Written by from Burlingame

    I'm sure there are people like me out there who don't search Apple's support site for issues you would never expect to become problems, but here's my experience. I rented an HD movie on iTunes and found that HD movies can't snyc to iPhones. Ok, didn't see that posted anywhere, but ok. So I go buy this Apple adapter to get my computer screen to show on my HD TV (maybe not true HD, but that's besides the point). So after I connect the adapter to the extension VGA cable and my Mini DisplayPort, I open iTunes and press play for this HD movie. Behold, a message pops up stating that I can't play this movie on this "unauthorized" TV. I'm no tech wiz but my computer screen shows up fine and I should be able to put anything on my MacBook screen on any monitor or TV in my house. This just puts a dark could over Apple and these extremes they go to to control everything. People that pay for movies shouldn't have to be bothered with stuff like this. FYI I've obtained this movie by other means and will purchase fewer movies from iTunes in the future. As for the adapter, there is a limit to it's usefulness if Apple software controls what you can connect it to. You agree? So I give it one star for being a neat looking white thing for $30.

    18 of 27 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    horrible

    • Written by from Vancouver

    have had it for 6 months and it shorts out several times a week, giving me snow.
    useless and very annoying.
    and yes, its installed properly.

    9 of 18 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Had to buy for an Xserve

    • Written by from Surbiton

    So cheap they dont give you one of these in the server box, however this is the adaptor you need if you want to integrate your new xserve into a KVM setup.

    1 of 4 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Poor Display Quality

    • Written by from San Dimas

    First I thought it was my projector, but when I used a PC with the VGA cable it was clear and contrast was perfect. There can't be anything wrong with my new mac, it's new! Every time I set up my Mac to my Projector the contrast resolution is dark, no matter how much I change the setting of my projector. It definitely the mini DisplayPort

    11 of 16 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Do not use for presentations

    • Written by from Chicoutimi

    This makes the macbook pro a horrible/useless product for important presentations. You NEVER know if the VGA output to the projector will work or not. I've pinpointed the problem to the VGA cable between the adapter and monitor/switcher/projector. Some cables work, others dont. But more often than not, you CANT change that cable.

    I'm fed up with the poor quality of Apple products lately. But no VGA output that works? This is ridiculous. DO NOT BUY.

    16 of 23 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    It is not working for me

    • Written by from Buenos Aires

    This item is giving me a lot of headaches since I cannot get it to work with my new macbook... I have tried with 4 different monitors and at least 6 VGA cables and the best result that I got was a single day of trouble-free video, the first day.. after that it's been a nightmare and the monitors keep turning off and on, or not turning on at all.

    I've tried everything that I could think off: the firmware update (that is not working for me), software updates, restarting, shutting down, searching the forums for hours looking for a solution and even posting my own (still unanswered) question in the support forums.

    I wouldn't recommend anyone buying this product until the company comes up with a solution, there seem to be many people with the same issue.

    24 of 29 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    ratio problems. no wide screen support

    • Written by from Spearfish

    i just got it yesterday. VGA apparently does not support widescreen. connected it to my 19 inch HDTV and was only able to get half the resolution capable of my tv and could not set it to wide screen on the computer part so all i got a was poor, stretched picture quality.

    12 of 17 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Didn't work

    • Written by from Amesville

    I am changing from PC to Mac and bought this to connect to my MacBookPro to the television. The adapter was to be used with the cable that had, previously, gone directly into my PC as it had a VGA port. Unfortunately, after we settled in for a movie on a snowy winter night, all we could get was a partial screen. No sure what the solution is, can't find a cable that goes directly from VGA to the display port.

    20 of 27 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Not useable with projectors

    • Written by

    Have tries several adapters on several projectors. I got a picture on the beamer, but only in 1024x768 which is wrong format and wrong resolution.
    What I wonder is if ther's anyone who knows if it is nessecary to have IDbits connected as well. This is not possible in this building. At ALL. Therefore the signal is "only"
    RGBHV which all standard PC's can handle. It is not possible to change the resolution on the Mac's own screen neither on the projector.

    5 of 8 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    MINI DVI. A WASTE

    • Written by from philadelphia

    i am extremely dissappointed, PLEASE CHECK SPECIFICATIONS ON YOUR MAC BEFORE BUYING CABLES LIKE THESE.YOU WOULD THINK ALL MACS ARE BUILT THE SAME WAY UNTIL SOMETHING YOU HAVE WAITED FOR A WHOLE MONTH DOES NOT FIT. APPLE SHOULD SHOW SPECIFICATIONS, NOT JUST PICTURES..DO NOT BUY..DO NOT BUY

    28 of 139 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    It comes off about once a day.

    • Written by from fort lee

    The display adapter is so small and lacking any fasteners it falls off very easily just from the weight of the VGA cable.

    I ended up just taping the adapter to the Mac.

    Its such a obvious design flaw. Because of this I cannt really recommend using a Mac for mission critical assignments. Once the cable falls out, it often crashes the system.

    Just a little shake of the table or someone bumping into the Mac will cause the adapter to slip out, losing all work on the system. Even with the tape the adapter slowly comes lose.

    51 of 62 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Junk

    • Written by

    Not only was the actual connection to the vga cable horrible, it caused my display to be messed up. When I attempted to change the display back to the original settings, system preferences would not quit and the computer would not turn off normally.

    20 of 25 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Bad Move by Apple

    • Written by from SHEFFIELD

    Mr Apple needs to listen to these comments. On a professional piece of kit, you should not be reliant on a flimsy adaptor to perform a basic task like display on an external display or projector. I understand the reasoning behind the change to smaller connections, Space. But if you can't fit a professional connector on the laptop, make it bigger! A professional grade laptop like the MacBook Pro should have a professional 25 pin DVI connection with the industry standard adaptor for VGA. there is a reason why the DVI connector is the size it it, and that is reliability.

    Sort it on the next model!!!

    24 of 43 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Useless

    • Written by from Muskego

    Was very frustrated to find out that despite buying hd movies legally through itunes I am unable to play them on my lcd tv because it is not" hdcp compatible." Will be returning the product tomorrow.

    13 of 27 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    No image anymore

    • Written by from VÄSTERÅS

    I bought this adapter in February 2009 and used it to connect my unibody macbook to:
    1. Panasonic PT AE500 Projector
    2. Samsung 42" Plasma
    3. My External 19" LG LCD

    I worked for the first four days with the projector. Then it stopped working.
    I then tried the TV and the Monitor as well, no dice. In system preferences the screen is not detected at all. I have tried different cables and monitors.

    When I try to upgrade the firmware (Mini_DisplayPort_to_VGA_Firmware_Update) it says my monitor needs to be connected for the upgrade. It is. But the Mac won't detect the screen.

    19 of 25 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Junk!

    • Written by from Burbank

    This adapter is so sensitive that if I breathe wrong it will disconnect from the back of my mac mini. The result is i lose my Samsung Syncmaster 225bw monitor and cant get it back short of holding a voodoo ceremony. What a pain!

    19 of 26 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Epic Design FAIL

    • Written by from BELLBOWRIE

    Before buying my adapter I read some other reviews about the poor VGA connector design and thought seriously, they can't have stuffed that up?...

    ...But they have! I've tried two different VGA extension cables and both fail to fully push home into the VGA connector block. The rebate around the metal connector is too small to fit the slightly wider base of a standard male VGA connector. The connector threaded holes are even recessed in too far to be able to tighten up at all. The cable still works, but the VGA connector falls out at the slightest touch.

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Design Flaw: Check before buying!

    • Written by from Hawthorne

    The adapter cannot be secured to a VGA cable. You can tell just by looking at the holes; the first few millimeters of the holes are smooth plastic and the threads are recessed. This results in the adapter not having the ability to be secured to the cable, and every time it moves, the video becomes distorted. After discovering the flaw, I went back to the Apple store and looked at the rest of the Mini DisplayPort VGA adapters...they all had the same flaw. Wait until they fix this before you buy one.

    76 of 85 people found this useful