• 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Used to work

    • Written by from TAVISTOCK

    I have used this adaptor for some time with no problem, until I upgraded to Lion. Since then, it will not work with my LG TV, and despite Apple being made aware of the problem, no answer has been forthcoming. It appears to depend on the type of TV monitor you have whether it works or not. A big thumbs down for the OS, rather than the adaptor itself.

    28 of 33 people found this useful

  • 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

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Works fine, but...

    • Written by from Geneva

    The metal female threads are set too deep within the plastic piece to receive the male bolt of most VGA connectors. It's frustrating because, without being threaded together, the adapter often falls off the connector in mid-presentation. I think Apple put aesthetics over function on this one. LIke all Apple products, it looks great, but making the female receiver flush and uniform with a thick, white plastic facing renders it useless when it comes to threading. Apple is sometimes guilty of design arrogance and I think this is one example of their purist design philosophy negatively effecting usability.
    End of rant.

    25 of 27 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Awesome!

    • Written by from Cape Coral

    I have a Vizio and it works just fine. It goes up to the full 1920x1080 resolution. It has a tight fit so you know it wont come unplugged but sometimes its a little to hard to unplug. Overall, great buy.

    24 of 25 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    works with new mac mini

    • Written by from Farmersville

    Okay I got this mainly so I could use it with my old iogear kvm switch (vga only no dvi) and use my new 2009 mac mini and my pc machine at the same time.
    First thing I did was connect it directly to my Acer x243w via vga cable to make sure it worked correctly and it did except that at 1900x1200 resolution part of the screen was cut off! So I tried the miniport firmware update on Apple's website but when I ran it it said I already had a newer firmware 1.03 and the one I downloaded was only 1.0.
    Anyways, that didn't help so I got the bright idea of manually hitting the autoadjust button on my LCD monitor and that did the trick and got the screen recentered at 1900x1200! The display looks as sharp and clear as using the default DVI that the mini comes with and no strange flickering or any other problems mentioned by others.
    So after all that I tried my old KVM switch and it also works great still so I"m happy since I can now use my mac and pc at the same time. Also can now use 2 monitors with my macmini now ;)
    Reason I knocked off a star was for high price and plastic where screws are supposed to go in don't work too good.

    24 of 25 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Advice

    • Written by from College Station

    I am not an owner of this product, however I am writing to share some experience I've had with connecting HDTV's to macbooks. In my experience the resolutions detected by the macbook for some HDTV's were incorrect, to make it work I've had to enable mirror mode.

    After setting mirror mode up, I then choose a resolution that I know the tv should support(to get it to show up on the list of available resolutions for the HDTV once I turned off mirror mode)

    Hope this helps at least someone.

    My friend had thought that their new HDTV would not connect to their macbook, but are much happier after I fiddled with it and got it to work. Once I made the proper resolution show up as an available option, future re-connections have not needed to go through the entire process of setting up mirror mode etc....

    my 2cents.

    26 of 29 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

    Unreliable

    • Written by from Albany

    I am a university professor and I use my adapter three times a week, four hours a day. I have gone through three in since September. Sometimes they work, sometimes they don't...not a good situation when you have to lecture to 200+ students and there are no images to display.

    26 of 30 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Lousy system

    • Written by from Belmont

    Doesn't work with most LCD projectors.

    31 of 40 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Does what it's says on the tin

    • Written by from Garner

    Works great with mid-2009 MacBook pro and Sony TV.

    25 of 28 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Does not work on older gen monitor

    • Written by from San Diego

    Bought to plug into Panasonic 42" monitor and it does not work, tested vga and monitor with PC and it worked fine.

    Return wire not sure why it wont work the same.

    Avoid if you are not using it with apple hardware. Waste of time and $.

    34 of 46 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    It just works

    • Written by from Export

    I've used this adapter countless times for mirroring to my TV and presentations on a wide variety of projectors. There's never been a problem with connecting and after two years, there's still no wear on the cable despite its constant use and travel.

    27 of 32 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

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    mac mini - A1347 thunderbolt - worked with samsung tv monitor le19r86bdx

    • Written by from London

    mac mini - A1347
    okay, just to advise some people I went completely agains the reviews because I did not wanted to buy a new monitor. samsung tv monitor LE19R86BDX 720p.
    Also went thru apple support over the phone, they advised me to try pressing shift on the keyboard on boot, also unplug from mains and press power button for 10seconds, which did not help with hdmi cable.
    1) hdmi did not work (mode not recognised)
    2) hdmi to vga adapter did not work (mode not recognised)
    3) mini displayport to vga (worked flawlessly with 1440x900)

    hope helps people with samsung tv/monitor

    23 of 24 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