Every Mac with a Mini DisplayPort allows you to connect an external display or projector using an adapter. 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 Adapter 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 adapter.
- Mini DisplayPort
- Compatible with Mac computers with Mini DisplayPort and Thunderbolt ports
Ratings & Reviews
DVI-D Single Link (Digital only, 1920x1200@60Hz)
This is the Mini-DisplayPort to DVI-D single-link adapter.
DVI-D single-link means that ONLY DIGITAL signals will be output, wi This is the Mini-DisplayPort to DVI-D single-link adapter.
DVI-D single-link means that ONLY DIGITAL signals will be output, with the maximum supported resolution at 60Hz being 1920x1200 (2.75 megapixels to be exact).
The adapter easily plugs into the Mini-DisplayPort jack of new aluminum unibody Macbooks and Macbook Pros, and the other end is female DVI-D. Be aware that you cannot physically fit your DVI-I cables into the DVI-D female end. However, since all 24 pins are open, DVI-D dual-link cables can physically fit just as well as DVI-D single-link cables, and can be used to carry the SINGLE-LINK signal to your TV or monitor.
I was surprised how light-weight this adapter is; a plus for carrying around. I was worried that the relatively heavier cables would pull the plug out from the notebook, but the adapter fits quite snugly in the Macbook Pro. The two screws on the DVI cable I used could not reach their holes in the adapter (female end is not deep enough), however, it was not a concern since the cable still fit tightly into the adapter.
So, if you dont have a DIGITAL display larger than 1920x1200, this adapter will be fine. Since HDTV is 1920x1080 this adapter is good enough for me. If you are looking to drive larger digital displays, get the dual-link adapter instead. Also, remember that analog is not supported with this adapter. …
- Written by Vernon T from North York
2449 of 2628 people found this useful
DVI drops Analog signal, DVI-D only
We know the Mini DisplayPort can output an analog signal because there's a Mini DisplayPort to VGA adapter. So why does this adapt We know the Mini DisplayPort can output an analog signal because there's a Mini DisplayPort to VGA adapter. So why does this adapter drop the analog signal and go strictly to DVI-D (Digital only) instead of DVI-I (analog & digital)? The old MacBook Pro's had DVI-I. So this adapter is not a replacement to what used to come standard on MacBook Pros! I'm left very frustrated. …
- Written by David J from Gray
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Be sure of your pinouts
This is a DVI-D (single-link) connector - look up DVI on Wikipedia, if you're not sure of the difference. You can NOT simply conn This is a DVI-D (single-link) connector - look up DVI on Wikipedia, if you're not sure of the difference. You can NOT simply connect to a DVI-I connector, like Apple's own DVI-VGA adapter, because of the extra pins in DVI-I.
With the correct cabling, it seems to work just fine. …
- Written by Aaron M from Salamanca
1382 of 1565 people found this useful
Horrible, keeps failing
Bought a couple of them, every couple of months one of them fails and I have to buy a new one. Very uncharacteristic of Apple to h Bought a couple of them, every couple of months one of them fails and I have to buy a new one. Very uncharacteristic of Apple to have such unreliable product on their brand! Improve it, it really needs it. …
- Written by Pedro G from Sao Carlos
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HDCP error with Apple Cinema displays!!!
In short: If you own an apple cinema display and you buy any content that is HDCP such as content from iTunes or even Netflix, you In short: If you own an apple cinema display and you buy any content that is HDCP such as content from iTunes or even Netflix, you WILL NOT be able to play it on your Apple display. Many users have the same issue and it has been known for a few years now. …
- Written by Michael W from Toronto
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Seems stupid, but make sure it clicks in
Bought this very expensive adapter to connect the Mini-Display port/Thunderbolt port on a Mac Mini 2014 to a ASUS 1920x1200 DVI po Bought this very expensive adapter to connect the Mini-Display port/Thunderbolt port on a Mac Mini 2014 to a ASUS 1920x1200 DVI port. Everything was working great until I decided to mount the display and Mac mini to the wall. Upon reconnecting the connections I got a NO DVI SIGNAL message on the monitor. I checked the connections and everything seemed ok, though the display port connection seemed to be a bit loose, like a bad USB connection. I was ready to begin troubleshooting the system with other monitors, cables, etc. when I tried the connection again and pushed a bit harder. It clicked in further this time and the connection with the monitor was made.
The white part of the connector should sit nearly flush with the back of the mini display port socket. If it's sticking out further it's not seated properly. The connector should 'click' in, only then is it seated properly.
$29.99 is a bit steep for this connector. …
- Written by John I from Burlington
Questions & Answers
Answers from the community
Can I connect a dell laptop running windows 7 to my thunderbolt display using the mini display port to DVI adapter.
- Asked by Michael N from Rochester
- Feb 25, 2015
You need an other product named "Kanex C247D Single-Link DVI to Mini DisplayPort Converter". Google You need an other product named "Kanex C247D Single-Link DVI to Mini DisplayPort Converter". Google the name. You can buy it directly from Apple store. …
- Answered by Soroush F from Salt Lake City
- Feb 27, 2015
can I use mini displayPort cable to connect up my Ipad mini to computer monitor only.
- Asked by Annie P from Oakville
- Nov 18, 2014
No, the iPad mini has a Lightning connector. You need either the Lightning Digital AV Adapter or the No, the iPad mini has a Lightning connector. You need either the Lightning Digital AV Adapter or the Lightning to VGA Adapter to connect to a monitor. …
- Answered by George V
- Nov 28, 2014
Is this Mini DisplayPort 1.1, 1.2 or 1.3-compatible? Also, is its output DVI-I or DVI-D and is it single or dual-link?
- Asked by Patrick C
- Feb 1, 2015
can i hook my mac book air (early 2014) to tv?
- Asked by Steve H from Fortuna
- Oct 25, 2014
Mini Display extension cable. This adapter is too short and makes the beautiful Mac Book Pro look Gerry rigged on my desk.
- Asked by Steven W from Bradford
- Dec 31, 2009