The Apple Mini-DVI to VGA 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 VGA end of the adapter 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 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
789 of 989 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. 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
505 of 710 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 I bought this little fellow a few months ago now, from an apple dealer, and although having to buy the vga cable itself, which some 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
327 of 459 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 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 Mini-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 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 supplier. 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
35 of 43 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 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
85 of 106 people found this useful
Questions & Answers
Answers from the community
I bought an old 23' apple cinema display that I need to connect to a macbook pro. Can someone tell me what kind of connector i need?
- Asked by Tina R from Orlando
what cable do I use to connect my 2011 macbook pro to my vizio flatscreen TV
- Asked by Christine C from Napa
what cable do i need to hook up my mac book pro to my HD Television?
- Asked by Vanessa Y from Naughton
Moshi Mini DP to HDMI adapter its 35$ but used to connect your mac to an hd tv
- Answered by Marc O
what cable do I use from an imac to a HDMI port on my HDTV that is 6 feet away?
- Asked by Lois P from Volcano
what cable do i need to connect my 2009 13" macbook pro to my Vizio tv or any tv?
- Asked by Ben S from Jacksonville
You need a "mini DisplayPort to HDMI cable". Google or search the Apple Store with that term in quot You need a "mini DisplayPort to HDMI cable". Google or search the Apple Store with that term in quotes and you will find many options. That's only half the issue for TV viewing with Macs older than 2010, however.
The 2009 MacBooks (and I'm 99.9% sure this applies to the Pros from then, too) won't pass sound through the mini DisplayPort, only video. So you will need a separate audio solution. You can listen through the computer's speakers if you want, but the sound won't be great. The only other option for sound output is to use the Mac's headphone port to connect a 3.5mm stereo cable to, well, something. I'll try to explain below.
Vizio TVs are not configured to allow you to pull a digital video signal off the HDMI input and an analog audio signal off a different input simultaneously, so if you connect the mini DisplayPort to one of the TV's HDMI ports you will not be able to get any sound through the TV speakers, and will need some other speaker somewhere in your setup. As I said above, this could just be the computer's speakers if you don't want to use any other cables, but if you want better sound you can run a headphone cable to something like a small portable speaker, or to a full-fledged stereo receiver. I ran a cable which split my 3.5mm headphone port into 2 standard red and white RCA stereo connections into the back of my surround sound stereo receiver and listened that way. It worked great for years. …
- Answered by Patricia H from Ridgefield