Every Mac with a Mini DisplayPort allows you to connect an external display or projector using an adaptor. You can use an external display as your main workspace or to extend your desktop, or you can work in mirrored mode with a projector so you can view what your audience sees.
Use the Mini DisplayPort to DVI Adaptor to connect an advanced digital monitor, such as the 20- or 23-inch Apple Cinema Display, that includes a DVI connector. Review the documentation or check with the manufacturer of your monitor to make sure you're choosing the right adaptor.
- Mini DisplayPort
- Compatible only with Mac computers with Mini DisplayPort
Ratings & Reviews
Make sure you get the right one!
Usually Apple products just work, thats why they are so great. Things aren't as easy as you'd think with the mini DisplayPort Adap ters though.
The DVI version seems to be only for DVI-D (digital DVI) and not DVI-A (analog DVI), which is more common on older hardware. They are only compatible one way, as the DVI-A connector has some extra pins. Cleverly you can't even use Apples own DVI-to-VGA Adapter due to the extra pins. If you plan on using both and don't absolutely need the digital signal, get the Mini DisplayPort to VGA Adapter and a seperate VGA-DVI Adapter.
So make sure you spend your hard earned wisely on this and check what inputs your monitor has. Unless its fairly new, chances are it will be DVI-A.
I haven't had any picture related issues, but chances are the earlier reviewer has problems with the new NVIDIA chip and its not the adapters fault.
2 Stars as should cost half the price for what you get. …
- Written by Armin S from Cardiff
449 of 498 people found this useful
Just won't fit!
I thought I'd use the extra DVI monitor I have at home with my new MacBook, so I got the Mini DisplayPort to DVI Adapter. I tried to plug it into the DVI connector of my monitor, but it just won't fit. Both layouts are DVI, but the adapter is missing 4 tiny pins around the large one. After forcing for a while, it KIND of fits and I do get an image, but the connector literally hangs onto the adapter, semi-attached, and I am not able to fully attach both of them in place so they have to placed on a horizontal surface all the time.
My monitor definitely has a DVI connector, but I wonder if there are different types of DVI connectors? And if so, should this information have been on the adapter page? …
- Written by Jorge Y from London
243 of 370 people found this useful
Problems with waking display from sleep
While it looks nice and neat, it gives me a problem with my Dell 2001FP.
Every time the display goes to sleep it doesn't come b ack on without me having to unplug and plug it back in.
Of course it could be the software but the same monitor worked fine for me on my old MBP.
Two other points:
It would be nice if the cable was a few inches longer so I could hide it behind the screen when I work.
£20 for a bit of plastic? Only apple can get away with that. …
- Written by Adrian O from LONDON
127 of 163 people found this useful
The Mini DisplayPort to DVI Adaptor worked very well with an Epson projector. No issues whatsoever, just plugged it in and connect ed the Scart; presented a project with no problems. …
- Written by Ramnik R from Leamington Spa
0 of 1 people found this useful
Make sure its screwed in tight
I bought this to connect my Mac Mini to an eternal LG 27inch IPS monitor.
It caused no end of flickering and screen blackouts a nd fuzzy grey screens.
My solution was to make sure the DVI plug was screwed SUPER TIGHT into the adaptor and I mean super tight...tighter than I've ever screwed a DVI plug into any socket ever before....
This solved all my problems. …
- Written by Ryszard K from Slough
4 of 5 people found this useful
I bought one of these, but have to say I am very disappointed by its poor reliability. Having paid the Apple Tax for this product , I was very disappointed to find that one has to wiggle the DVI cable to make it work sometimes. Having invested in quite an expensive cable, that works reliably elsewhere, I have to say that it comes down to this adaptor. …
- Written by David G from Barwell
9 of 17 people found this useful
Questions & Answers
Answers from the community
I found through Apple support that Macbooks made before 2010 do not support sound using the hdmi min i port adapter. You must use a vga cable to the headphone jack in addition to the mini hdmi adapter to hear sound through your media center. This solution does work for us. …
- Answered by Eileene T from Honeoye Falls
- Asked by Lukasz L
If you have a newer Macbook Pro, the mini display port is actually the Thunderbolt port. You can plu g any mini display port connector into the Thunderbolt port. …
- Answered by Jason S from Waverley
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