• 1.0 out of 5 stars

    How to Make It Work! (on samsung T220 at least)

    • Written by from Vaerloese

    SOLUTION: get a hold of a bunch of normal VGA cables and connect them directly to the display (this is of cause impossible with roof mounted projectors), try all the cables until you find one that works and then hold on to it with you life! This will sort out the problem, especially for those with Samsung monitors.

    For those interested here is the EXPLANATION WHY:
    I got myself a Samsung T220 monitor and out of the box it didn't show a picture using the Apple MiniDisplayport -> VGA adaptor (also tried the apple mini displayport -> DVI, didn't help either, but others have reported it to work).
    After hours of reading on forums it turns out that the problem is that some monitor and projectors require VGA pin 5,6,7,8 and 10 (or a combination hereoff) to be grounded or at least connected. Normally this is not a problem - therefor the cable manufacturers dosent always ground these, and sometimes even connect these pins. In my understanding Apple could have solved much of the problems by making grounding these pins directly in the adaptor. Anyhow, the solution is as described above; get a hold of a bunch of normal VGA cables and connect them directly between the monitor and the VGA adaptor, when you find one that work because it got all the grounds and conenctions hold on to it with your life! As a rule of thumb when looking for a VGA cable: it needs to be thick as this is a sign it got all 15 wires inside the cable.
    Hope it helps.

    34 of 37 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Display problems

    • Written by from Oxford

    Possible cause of failure to operate projectors or large screen display may be the quality or length of the VGA cable. I have had sync problems with some longer and lower quality leads which disappeared when a high quality cable was substituted. I have had the problem with other adapters so check the cable first.

    6 of 13 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Need to project using VGA? hold off on MacBookPro

    • Written by from Morgan Hill

    As a previous reviewer said, it's unclear whether it is this DtoA converter (it's far more than an adapter, folks) or the latest Mac Book Pro's video hardware, but there are problems with Mini DisplayPort to VGA.

    I teach for a living, and never know what I will find in the classroom. This was the wrong purchase for me, as it is completely unreliable with VGA projectors. If you need to hook up using VGA, wait until Apple can address this problem or make another purchase.

    Sad, because my prior Apple laptop experience has been next to flawless. I hope they can fix it soon or I will be asking them to take this purchase back.

    33 of 41 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Works fine on a wide range of equipment

    • Written by from Milton Keynes

    I've used my adapter to connect my MacBook Pro to a range of monitors, televisions and projectors (made by Dell, Sharp, Sanyo, Toshiba, Panasonic and others) and have had nothing but total success on every occasion.

    12 of 14 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Extremely poor

    • Written by from Northwich

    This product is not at the high standard you come to expect from apple.

    I am unable to connect my brand new Macbook to my Samsung TV as it would seem apple did not properly test this product before releasing it.

    Do NOT buy this product if you have a Samsung TV...

    11 of 18 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Problem with Samsung TV

    • Written by from Hong Kong

    I bought this from apple shop and delivered to my home a few days later and found it not working with my 40" Samsung HDTV (while my other notebook with built in vga port worked without problem). Called them up, they sent a courier to pick up the device and refunded to my credit card. Excellent service, Poor Product. Not sure if the new firmware update solved this problem, but until now, I cannot enjoy using macbook on my 40" TV via vga port in the year of 2009~

    5 of 7 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Problems, be careful!

    • Written by from MADRID

    This adapter has problems. Maybe the apadter or maybe the macbooks. When I plug it to my toshiba 23 TFT display it doesnt recognize the right res. and when it does (primary display) it flashes to black (very weird) from time to time: useless for a business presentation. Waiting for Apple's answer. First see the forums, before buying:
    Do not buy it until a fix.

    Thanks

    13 of 16 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Excellent bit of kit

    • Written by from Peterborough

    This works perfectly with a Panasonic TX-32LZD81 freesat LCD TV. Great for catching up TV programs or just large screen surfing. Don't make the mistake of getting the larger Display port connection, this fits the old Macbook and some desktops.

    10 of 12 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Very poor

    • Written by from Camberley

    I've got one of these to connect my Macbook Pro to my Samsung TV but as with everyone else, the TV doesn't recognise the output from the laptop. (It works find with my Dell laptop and Windows XP).

    The result is that the adapter is useless.

    255 of 389 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Doesn't work with data projectors

    • Written by from London

    This adaptor is very disappointing. I found that it works fine with some small (20 inch) Samsung monitors that have a VGA input but it doesn't work with any of the data projectors I have in my university department so I can't use my new MacBook Pro (unipart aluminium case) for Powerpoint presentations, which was one of the main reasons for buying the laptop. The problem seems to be that the laptop senses the data projector ( and scales down the laptop display to VGA) but the projector doesn't detect the laptop (and so fails to display the image from the laptop screen). My old MacBookPro (Intel core duo) works fine with all data projectors (using the DVI to VGA adaptor) and I'm now in the silly position of having to use the old laptop for all travel (conferences etc) plus teaching in the university. The wonderful looking new MacBook Pro has to stay at home. Apple needs to issue a firmware fix or a better adaptor as soon as possible.

    553 of 741 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Worked straight out the box

    • Written by from Hartlepool

    Worked np with a panasonic TH-42PX80BA 42" plasma.

    Those that are having problems check you mac is set at the correct resolution for the LCD/Plasma that you are using.

    14 of 16 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Pioneer TV

    • Written by from London

    Worked perfectly out of the box, directly connected to pdp-pioneer TVs series 508 XD VGA and worked easily (even the right LCD TV was detected in display settings with all possible settings, colors, ...) a breeze.

    19 of 26 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Does not work with Samsung TV's, use the DVI adapter instead

    • Written by from WALLINGTON

    This adapter does not work with my Samsung TV/Monitor and many others have said the same thing. If you have a Samsung TV/Monitor, the Mini DisplayPort to DVI Adapter works perfectly

    404 of 585 people found this useful