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
I read the specs? I did!
Regarding the issue about the mini-DVI to VGA adapter that does not fit the ibook, it is useful to point out that nowhere on the p Regarding the issue about the mini-DVI to VGA adapter that does not fit the ibook, it is useful to point out that nowhere on the package does Apple indicate that different model laptops require different mini-DVI adapters. It would be useful if Apple simply wrote, on the packaging, "This adapter fits the following models ...". This is not a difficult thing to do. Moreover, the average consumer is going to assume that a mini-DVI adapter made by Apple will fit all "mini-DVI" ports, unless, of course, Apple makes it clear that this isn't the case.
This said, the adpater works just as it is supposed to when you get the right one. …
- Written by Timothy L from Monrovia
2963 of 3794 people found this useful
Wow, I love it!
I recently converted to the iMac (6-10 months ago) and had the iMac and PC next to each other. I no longer use the PC but had a v I recently converted to the iMac (6-10 months ago) and had the iMac and PC next to each other. I no longer use the PC but had a very nice 19 inch VGA LCD display. I figured I may be able to use it as a 2nd display on the iMac and ditch the PC all together. Bought the mini DVI adapter, plugged it in, plugged the monitor into the adapter, and it JUST WORKED! No drivers, no reboots! I then simply chose the display size I wanted for the 2nd monitor, but both the iMac display and 2nd LCD are in high res and working flawless! Fantastic freedom and option on the iMac, thanks Apple! I have to encourage all who want a 2nd monitor to try this out! Works on the new Intel iMacs. …
- Written by Will W from Glen Burnie
1693 of 2430 people found this useful
Video Adapters should last longer than 4 months
If you order one of these treat it very gently, be careful how you pack it when traveling, etc. My first one broke in 4 months (th If you order one of these treat it very gently, be careful how you pack it when traveling, etc. My first one broke in 4 months (the wires internal to the rubber cable enclosure shorted - so the screen would drop out certain colors). And then, when I ordered and paid for a replacement, the wrong adapter was shipped to me. The sales web page does not bother to mention that there are different versions of the PowerBook G4, which use different types of video ports (mini-DVI and mini-VGA). Make sure you know which one you need before ordering. An improved sales web page would at least show all the VGA adapters in one place, so one could see all the choices. …
- Written by Ronald S from Ann Arbor
1874 of 2810 people found this useful
As another reviews I found here, I bought this adapter and it works fine for a couple of months, after that the quality of the pic As another reviews I found here, I bought this adapter and it works fine for a couple of months, after that the quality of the picture started deteriorating first loosing some colors and then got worst. I can not imaging Apple selling this product that only works for s short period of time. I just used it to connect my iMac with an additional VGA monitor. I don't even remove or move the adapter from the computer! so I don understand how it can get damage. …
- Written by Jorge M from Toronto
5 of 5 people found this useful
Another shoddy, overpriced ripoff
For thirty bucks, you'd think they'd be able to make a reasonable cable which could connect my monitor or projector to my laptop. For thirty bucks, you'd think they'd be able to make a reasonable cable which could connect my monitor or projector to my laptop. I had just such a cable from apple circa 2002 and it came free. These days, you pay thirty bucks and it takes 10 minutes of fiddling with all of the peripherals to get a good connection so that an image shows up on the screen.
Serves me right for not using Linux, I suppose... …
- Written by Geoffrey H from Ann Arbor
4 of 4 people found this useful
poor image on most external monitors
Attempted to use with school multimedia projectors and several models of monitors. Mind you all of the projectors and monitors wor Attempted to use with school multimedia projectors and several models of monitors. Mind you all of the projectors and monitors work great with the vga cable and our various PCs as well as the old model (white) macbook pro. Purchased the dongle for the newer (aluminum) macbook pro and get an absolutely awful picture. All have such a terrible flicker you can see the waves on the screens and especially along the edges. Even students who rarely pay much attention noted the wavy resolution and asked what was wrong with the projector. Tried everything from 60Hz to 95Hz -- same result and get an "out of range" for most rates. One monitor cannot even hold the image for more than 7 minutes without blacking out and resetting. I also had to purchase two adapters before getting the proper size as the packaging did not indicate compatibility issues. Have tried repeatedly to get an honest list from Apple of monitors that will work. No success. Have taken the computer to the store - claim computer is fine -- leaves the adapter since the monitors work with other computers. …
- Written by Rea X from Orlando
26 of 38 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
- Nov 11, 2014
what cable do i need to hook up my mac book pro to my HD Television?
- Asked by Vanessa Y from Naughton
- Jan 14, 2010
Moshi Mini DP to HDMI adapter its 35$ but used to connect your mac to an hd tv
- Answered by Marc O
- Jul 29, 2011
what cable do I use to connect my 2011 macbook pro to my vizio flatscreen TV
- Asked by Christine C from Napa
- Nov 17, 2014
will this work for my 2009 macbook pro 15"?
- Asked by Ami J from Baytown
- Mar 21, 2010
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
- Jul 30, 2010
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
- Jun 19, 2014
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
- Jun 29, 2014