The Apple Mini-DVI to DVI adapter is designed for use with the iMac (Intel Core Duo), MacBook, and 12-inch PowerBook G4. Connect the adapter to the Mini-DVI port of the computer and the DVI end of the adapter to an external DVI monitor or projector. You can also use it in combination with the optional Apple DVI to ADC Adapter (available separately) to connect your computer to an older display with an ADC connector.
You can use this cable in both video mirroring and extended desktop modes.
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Ratings & Reviews
The "1 star" people are buying the wrong product...
For all the complaints you read below, remember these people are buying the wrong product and then getting mad that it doesn't wor For all the complaints you read below, remember these people are buying the wrong product and then getting mad that it doesn't work. While it is confusing, the world of VGA and DVI is complicated.
This product is designed for one thing and one thing only: connect to the current 12" PB and core duo iMacs and provide a standard DIGITAL DVI connector to plug a cable into. It is not designed for the older powerbooks or ibooks with mini-vga output, or any other computer that doesn't have the mini-DVI. It will not work with older macs. It will not work in series with VGA adapters because this adaptor does not pass ANALOG signals from the mini-DVI port. That's why they sell the VGA adaptor instead for VGA monitors.
This adaptor may not work with cables that are analog+digital DVI without an adaptor. This is not apple's fault. This is the way the spec is written. The various flat pins are there to control which connectors fit together, to prevent accidental damage to your equipment.
If you have a DVI-D equipped monitor and want to hook it to the iMac or current PB 12", this adaptor is for you. If you want to hook up some other sort of monitor (analog, DVI-I, ADC), this is not for you, or you may need an additional adaptor.
Plain and simple.
As for rating: it would get a five if it was another 6 inches longer. But otherwise, it does what it does and doesn't cost too much. …
- Written by Michael K from Sherman Oaks
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Connecting Macbook to HDTV
After reading the helpful reviews, i did alot of research before buying any cables to hook up my macbook to an HP HDTV. Hopefully After reading the helpful reviews, i did alot of research before buying any cables to hook up my macbook to an HP HDTV. Hopefully the following will help others with connection issues:
Investigate the PC input jack of your HDTV for 3 specifications:
1) TYPE OF DVI INPUT JACK. Most newer models have DVI-I or DVI-D input jacks. there is a difference between the two. you can tell which one you have by referring to your manual. if you don't have the manual, look at the jack itself and compare to pictures (link isn't allowed here, but datapro had clear pictures)
2) DUAL or SINGLE LINK. newer model HDTVs likely have the dual link inputs. refer to your manual or look at the jack and compare to pictures.
3) MALE OR FEMALE. ihad assumed that because the apple mini-DVI to DVI cable had a FEMALE DVI connector end, then my TV must have a MALE input jack. not true. my TV has a FEMALE DVI jack. So by default, I needed an adaptor cable for the mini-DVI to DVI cable.
after this, i determined that i had a DUALLINK DVI-I FEMALE input jack. NOTE that the mini-DVI to DVI cable, not pictured online at apple.com, has a FEMALE DUAL LINK DVI-D connector end.
so I bought the apple mini-DVI to DVI cable & a DVI-D to DVI-D male/male connector cable, connected the cables to their respective hardware input jacks, and it all worked.
FYI, i got the DVI-D to DVI-D male/male connector cable instead of a DVI-D to DVI-I male/male connector cable, because i couldn't find the latter. Luckily, because my TV had a FEMALE input jack, it could take a DVI-D male (just the way the input jacks are designed).
Hope this helps. …
- Written by Diana Y from Brooklyn
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Why, O Why Not Mini-DVI to DVI-I???
It all boils down to the title. I post this as a warning and a complaint. The warning is that DVI doesn't simply come in one fla It all boils down to the title. I post this as a warning and a complaint. The warning is that DVI doesn't simply come in one flavor, and that "DVI" in this adapter is a female DVI-D Dual-Link plug. The complaint that it is incompatible with all the DVI-I cables out there in the world, particularly those in the research lab I work in.
I know that these DVI-I cables *could* be replaced with DVI-D cables and everything would be just fine, but that's really not a general solution. Must I purchase some sort of male DVI-D Dual-Link to female DVI-I Dual-Link adapter, too? Surely it'd "just work" for the most people if Apple offered just one adapter--a Mini-DVI to DVI-I adapter... …
- Written by Shawn B from Lafayette
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Every one of these I've had has been perfect.
First, word of the wise, if you don't know what you're buying, just head to an Apple Store; they're everywhere, and the staff is o First, word of the wise, if you don't know what you're buying, just head to an Apple Store; they're everywhere, and the staff is overwhelmingly helpful! That out of the way, my team at work has probably two dozen of these floating around between personal and team use, and I've never even heard of one going bad or coming defective. I wouldn't even leave a review, but this should have 5 stars next to it.
Furthermore, before getting my position here, I'd never even used a MacBook before, and I was still easily able to figure out what was what by looking at a DVI adapter, and looking at the hole in my MacBook Pro to plug in to. Another pro tip, if you're SUPER new to this stuff, take a picture of the plug from your external monitor, and the ports in your MacBook. Take those snaps to the store and I can almost guarantee you can't mess up. …
- Written by Weston W from Bellevue
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Why oh Why are the adapter leads so short ? and who designs these things ?
Apple ! You state in your blurb that the design is the important thing ! Well ok most Apple stuff is well above the norm BUT why d Apple ! You state in your blurb that the design is the important thing ! Well ok most Apple stuff is well above the norm BUT why do you persist in chucking out adapter leads that are far too short and why are they so expensive ? Most have about 6 cms of flex between the two plugs. Any good electrical engineer knows about cable strain relief. This allows the plugs to stay put when the cable moves a little. Thus preventing un-necessary disconnections let alone the strain on the delicate terminations within the connected plugs and sockets. Surely it's not going to break your bank by supplying an little more cable. It's not a lot to request that you do it correctly and try it out before you throw this stuff onto the market. …
- Written by John C from Southampton
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I hate this thing
The connections are too loose and the DVI adaptor cable is too rigid and too short so I'm constantly fiddling with the connections The connections are too loose and the DVI adaptor cable is too rigid and too short so I'm constantly fiddling with the connections to keep the signal going to the monitor. A sneeze or a pin drop or sometimes nothing at all is enough to break the video connection and it can be very difficult to get back.
Whoever at apple invented this thing and the lame 30 pin connector should be demoted or fired. It is not a reliable connection at all. …
- Written by edwin G from Saint Paul
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Questions & Answers
Answers from the community
Which cable do I need for connecting DVI to a Thunderbolt connection? Apple Mini-DVI to DVI, or MiniDisplay Port to DVI, or something else?
- Asked by Michael K from Holland
- Apr 21, 2011
Mini display port to dvi assorted conntinue to work with thunderbolt!
- Answered by Carlos L from Solana Beach
- Apr 23, 2011
Is there a DVI to Thunderbolt adapter.
- Asked by Loyal J I from Monterey
- Dec 27, 2012
I have an Apple Cinema Display ADC. What adapters do I need to hookup my ADC connected monitor to my Mac Mini...I bought the DVI to ADC adapter ($99.
- Asked by Bob G from Smyrna
- Feb 3, 2010
If your Mac mini has HDMI output then it should have included the HDMI to DVI adapter in the box. Y If your Mac mini has HDMI output then it should have included the HDMI to DVI adapter in the box. You would just connect the DVI to ADC adapter to the HDMI to DVI adapter and plug in to the mini's HDMI output. Make sure you have the DVI to ADC adapter with the large brick and not an ADC to DVI adapter. ADC delivers power as well as the digital video signal to the display. This is usually supplied from a Mac with a video card that has ADC onboard. The DVI to ADC adapter supplies the power externally (the brick) and combines that into one cable that plugs into the ADC connector on the monitor. I have used this setup with many different Macs with DVI output or available DVI adapter with no problems. The Mac has to have a digital video output for it to work. (mini DVI, mini display port etc.) Some of the older iBooks only have mini VGA ports which are analog signals and hence don't work. …
- Answered by Martin R from Boulder Creek
- Sep 2, 2011
Can this adapter be used to run a 30 inch Apple Cinema Display HD (DVI) at native resolution?
- Asked by Matin S from Boston
- Oct 20, 2009
Yes, I've seen it done.
To drive the 30" Cinema Display at native resolution, it requires a dual- Yes, I've seen it done.
To drive the 30" Cinema Display at native resolution, it requires a dual-link DVI-D connection.
The DVI-D connector on this adapter has all 24-pins required for dual-link - 3 rows of 8 pins, whereas DVI-D single-link connectors are missing the middle two pins from each row (ie: two groups of 9 pins on each side, with a 6-pin gap in the middle).
Yes, this adapter supports dual-link DVI, and as long as the computer you're connecting it to is capable, it will run the 30" Cinema Display at 2560x1600 resolution. …
- Answered by Ben T from Murwillumbah
- Mar 11, 2013
Is this the adapter I need to hook my Intel Dual Core iMac (with a mini-DVI port) to a Wacom Cintiq 21ux tablet?
- Asked by James M from Glendale
- Nov 19, 2009