• 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.

    562 of 753 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

    406 of 589 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.

    256 of 391 people found this useful

  • 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

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Problems connecting to a data projector

    • Written by from Birmingham

    Like many other users of this product, I also am having problems using it. It simply doesn't work. It is not user error as has been suggested by one of the other reviewers. I have tried all the suggestions made by some of the other users.

    35 of 45 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

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Cable does not do its job with MacBook Pro

    • Written by from Southfields

    This cable is supposed to work with MacBook Pro, but doesn't. No video output whatsoever, and I've tried it on two different screens and a data projector. Tried changing all possible settings, detecting displays, restarting, sleep, shutting down computer, tried all different combinations of events successions, NOTHING has worked. There is apparently a firmware upgrade, but the upgrade told me that NO cable was recognised. Can't manage to find an email address that will put in touch with Apple for support, I have tried different adaptors, none of them worked with my macbook pro.
    Very disappointing from Apple!!! What is the point making a cable that doesn't work? I cannot believe that I have NO way of connecting my laptop to a data projector (which only has VGA input) - how do business people do KEYNOTE presentations??? Apple really needs to address this issue!

    18 of 23 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Macbook owners beware

    • Written by from SEAHAM

    It is not made clear in the product description that a mini display port is not the same as a Mini DVI port so it will not connect to a Macbook. You need the Mini DVI port to VGA adapter for this, as I learned to my cost.

    28 of 43 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

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    It just works. Not

    • Written by from camberley

    I am a professional trainer I have been visiting customer's sites for over 15 years. Do you remember the overhead projectors and slides? I started with those...
    Since then I have used an array of PCs (Toshiba, Compac, IBM, Lenovo, Dell). I had never had a single instance where I was not able to connect to a projector and do a powerpoint presentation. Windows (95, XP, 7), Linux, it simply never has been a issue. As of late I decided that I should give mercy to my back by lightening the load I was carrying. I have met countless people raving about Apple products and I though to myself, if I was going to get myself a light laptop, I should use the reference in the matter hence the MacBook Air 2013. Without a doubt it is a beautiful machine until you try to connect it to a projector.

    I purchased the Apple MB572Z/A to connect to customer's projectors, in the space of 4 months I have been left without any ways of displaying my presentation 3 times. Needless to say when you are on the other side of the planet for a week and you cannot do your work because of shoddy design, you tend to get over sensitive about a piece of hardware that has costed you near to 2000 GBP (yes I god the support option bundled in).

    Being an electronic engineer by trade, I have done some extensive testing and here are my findings detailed for the poor souls who found themselves in the same situation than me.

    I am using the MacBook Air 2013 and I believe this is an essential point. I have purchased 3 different adapters the Apple one and two other brands. I also have done the test with a Dell PC using a display port too and finally I used separate cables of sort lengths and long length. It turns out it isn't directly related to the adapter but to the current that the MacBook Air has to drive on the Mini DisplayPort. Depending on the VGA cable impedance, the port had to drive more or less current. Regardless of the adapter used, my Dell can drive a projector using a long cable. When I use the MacBook air with the same cables as the one used by the Dell, The Macbook crashed and goes back to the login screen (requiring a PRAM reset). However if I shorten the cables, regardless of the adapter used or projector used, The MacBook had enough current to drive the signal.

    So the conclusion is rather a bitter one. It's a design fault on the internal driver logic of the MacBook Air. It is not able to cope with high impedance VGA cables unlike any other PC laptop I have ever used. So what is the solution I hear you ask?

    You can use the HDMI provided the projector is a new one, you can also take your own short VGA cable. However if you are like me and have to turn up on customer sites where the conference room have preset projectors (wall mounted) then you have to hope that Apple decide to acknowledge their engineering error and provide you with a replacement or maybe a buffered Mini Displayport adapter (I haven't seen any yet).

    I hope my misfortune/experiments will help some of you.

    11 of 13 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Connecting a MacBook (white) to a projector

    • Written by from Swaffham

    Old iBook G4 worked fine with Benco projector. USing Apple adaptor and VGA prot on porjector.
    New MacBook (Jan 2009) did not work with projector.
    Eventually have benn able to resolve:
    Instead of conencting to the VGA port on the projector I now connct to the DVI. However I bought a thrid party an adaptor to connect the vga lead to the projector dvi. The Apple one is the incorrect DVI plug for the projector. Works perfectly. Can now use my new laptop for presentations.
    This has taken me 18 months to resolve.
    Hope this helps others.

    13 of 19 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Doesn't work with LCD data projector

    • Written by from Stillorgan

    As with other reports, the data projector refuses to recognize the MacBook Pro when I plug the cable in. I've used Detect Displays in the Displays control panel, but still no joy. The only thing that works is rebooting the machine with the display plugged in. The same projector had no problems with my old white MacBook via a mini-DVI to VGA adaptor. This is simply not acceptable for a laptop that cost over 2000 Euro. Do Apple ever actually *test* any of these things? I can't understand why they abandoned the perfectly-adequate mini-DVI for the mini-DisplayPort on their most recent machines.

    11 of 16 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Mini DisplayPort to VGA Adapter

    • Written by from London

    It quite simply doesn't work. I invited an International Rugby Referee to give a lecture to 30+ rugby referees and my brand new MacBook Pro failed to get the images to the screen through the projector. What on earth is this about? Some people say it works beautifully. How? This is supposed to be "plug and play". What have I failed to understand?

    14 of 23 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Bad Move by Apple

    • Written by from SHEFFIELD

    Mr Apple needs to listen to these comments. On a professional piece of kit, you should not be reliant on a flimsy adaptor to perform a basic task like display on an external display or projector. I understand the reasoning behind the change to smaller connections, Space. But if you can't fit a professional connector on the laptop, make it bigger! A professional grade laptop like the MacBook Pro should have a professional 25 pin DVI connection with the industry standard adaptor for VGA. there is a reason why the DVI connector is the size it it, and that is reliability.

    Sort it on the next model!!!

    24 of 43 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    VGA adaptor for MBP 13inch

    • Written by from Hereford

    I bought a MBP In July, to date i have had one visit to store and two calls from support yet the thunderbolt port still fails to synch. As a tutor and student, the one thing I hate is being embarrassed. After borrowing other windows systems for presentations, Apple has allowed this to occur now, as they fail to rectify the fault! Be very aware the cable to attach MBP to VGA often doesn't work. The forums support this! The fault is there, but they fail to advise before purchase and don't help after...

    4 of 4 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

    Absolutely useless

    • Written by from Chambesy

    Simply does not work with a variety of CRT monitors. And updating the firmware did not help for my 19 inch LaCie Electronblue monitor.

    Not to mention that the DVI adaptor, which is supposed to have addressed these issues, is a DVI-D so it carries no analog signal, forcing you to buy a VGA adaptor, not to mention how pricey they are.

    I am very very disappointed with apple lately, and I have been using them for years, but for the past two years i have only had one good product from apple, my unibody MacBook Pro and still have complaints about it that never arose with my old G4 iMac or G5 Mac Pro.

    6 of 9 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

    No good

    • Written by from Alnwick

    Using this adapter to connect a second display to a Mac Pro. Mac will not recognise the correct resolution for the display.
    An identical display is connected to the DVI port via a VGA>DVI adapter without any problems.

    5 of 8 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Not useable with projectors

    • Written by

    Have tries several adapters on several projectors. I got a picture on the beamer, but only in 1024x768 which is wrong format and wrong resolution.
    What I wonder is if ther's anyone who knows if it is nessecary to have IDbits connected as well. This is not possible in this building. At ALL. Therefore the signal is "only"
    RGBHV which all standard PC's can handle. It is not possible to change the resolution on the Mac's own screen neither on the projector.

    5 of 8 people found this useful