The Apple Mini-DVI to VGA Adaptor is designed for use with the iMac (Intel Core Duo), MacBook, and 12-inch PowerBook G4. Connect the adaptor to the Mini-DVI port of the computer and the VGA end of the adaptor to an external VGA monitor or projector.
You can use this cable in both video mirroring and extended desktop modes.
Ratings & Reviews
Ensure you know what you're buying!
Beware of what you're buying, people. This cable is specifically for the computers that are listed in the review, and is intended to take you from Apple's proprietry mini-DVI connector (such as the one featured on the 12" Powerbook G4) to normal VGA.
This is not, as mentioned by a previous reviewer, simply a VGA extension cord. You plug this into your computer, then the long cable that comes out of your monitor plugs into this.
Apple need to make extra cable-buying easier in the Apple Store, especially as each of their computers need different cables... …
- Written by Craig P from Reading
764 of 962 people found this useful
Excellent... (just make sure you order the right cable)
First I ordered 'VGA Display Adapter' by mistake...
Make sure the cable you order is the Correct one for your machine/peripheral.
A lot of these cables look the same in the small picture and sound the same in the description. Check your requirements thoroughly before purchase. (ie - connections for both ends)
I needed to connect a VGA TFT to my iMac, and placed my order for 'VGA Display Adapter'. Which shows on order form as 'APPLE VGA DISPLAY ADAPTER-GEN'. I later found that I needed compatibility for an 'iMac (Intel Core Duo)', returned 'VGA Display Adapter' and ordered 'Apple Mini DVI to VGA Adapter'. Which shows on order form as 'VID ADPT MINI-DVI TO VGA ADAPTER-GEN'.
My new cable works like MAGIC, as I'm sure 'VGA Display Adapter' will for those who need it.
Customer - Check every detail
Apple - Make the difference MORE OBVIOUS …
- Written by Gavin B from STOCKTON-ON-TEES
494 of 697 people found this useful
Fantastic with LCD HD Ready TV
I bought this little fellow a few months ago now, from an apple dealer, and although having to buy the vga cable itself, which som e places can be nasty prices, this has been glorious. Its plugged into my Sony HD tv, a specific PC input, and when playing HD content on my mac, trailers, etc, it looks superb. Its just a shame i cant play multi region discs on my mac, VLC doesnt seem to work too well with Leopard, as im sure it might help make the DVDs look a little better than my old, S Video output, Dvd player. Anyway, a great adapter. Macx …
- Written by ian M from Bournemouth
319 of 451 people found this useful
Does fit older iMacs
Other reviews saying this cable doesn't work with Intel Core 2 Duo iMacs are incorrect. It certainly does fit if your Mac has a Mi ni-DVI port - check the documentation. However you may still experience problems. As reported in other Forums, you may find that your iMac detects the external monitor but you have problems getting a signal. After reconnecting the VGA end I did get a signal for a minute or two then lost it again. However I don't believe it's a problem with the adapter. …
- Written by Rich F from Winnersh
17 of 25 people found this useful
I have a drawer full of cables
Honestly how hard should it be to order a cable to go from mac to a VGA! Im on my 3rd 312 each time had to re-post back to supplie r. Each description on the suppliers site said mini DV to VGA but there are at least three different types. Please Apple somethings you do make me wonder where the genius goes sometimes. get someone in to get your supply chain sorted. …
- Written by Stuart M from North Berwick
34 of 42 people found this useful
WARNING - Does not fit iMac Core 2 Duo
Like another reviewer mentioned, Apple do need to make buying cables for older products more accurate. This item states 'designed for the iMac (Intel Core Duo)' so I bought it.
I have an Intel Core 2 Duo late 2009 iMac and didn't spot that the wording was 'Core Duo' and not Core 2 Duo'. It doesn't fit.
It is ridiculous that you have to click on each cable to see what it fits - this cable is the only one I could see that mentioned Core and Duo which is why I bought it. Now have to put it on eBay... …
- Written by Carl H from Beaconsfield
82 of 101 people found this useful
Questions & Answers
Answers from the community
Apple just came out with a Thunderbolt to Firewire 800 cable (8/1/2012) cost is $29. This should wor k for you. …
- Answered by Paul F from Manhattan
- Asked by Brett C from Osage
mini-DVI to vga adapter (and extension monitor cable)
- Answered by Valerie S from Coral Gables
You will need the Mini Display Port to VGA Adapter. Apple switched from Mini-DVI to Mini-Display Po rt on MacBook / Pro / Air in Late-2008 …
- Answered by Tracy B from Beech Grove
- Asked by Margaret M from Oscoda
- Asked by Vahagn M from Studio City
No, but you can buy an adaptor. I have one on my mini.
- Answered by Daryl T from Junction City