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 ackage 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
2838 of 3637 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 ery 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
1632 of 2357 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 e 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
1809 of 2729 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 k 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
20 of 32 people found this useful
Still the wrong size.
I bought three of these for school iMacs. We have intel core duo machines. They're too big!
Not enough information in the speci fics for the correct part to be ordered. Being a school returns are not easy so getting it right the first time is essential. At $17 each you better believe we're returning them. …
- Written by Mary L from San Diego
109 of 123 people found this useful
Doesn't work with 10.8.2
This adapter works great with my MBP that is a year old, but just bought a new solid state drive MBP and suddenly I can't use my g iant monitor with it :( Old MBP can use this adapter with lots of different monitors, but no monitor works with the new MBP. 10.8.1 didn't work either. Before you say it, it isn't the local port either because my HDMI adapter works fine in the port. …
- Written by Julianne M from Charlotte
98 of 114 people found this useful
Questions & Answers
Answers from the community
- Asked by Brett C from Osage
- Oct 14, 2009
mini-DVI to vga adapter (and extension monitor cable)
- Answered by Valerie S from Coral Gables
- Oct 28, 2009
I want to connect my macbook pro to projector. Which equipment should I use? Apple mini DVI to VGA Adapter or Mini DisplayPort to VGA Adapter?
- Asked by Ahmad Kamal O from Pasir Mas
- Mar 13, 2012
Use the Apple mini display port to VGA adapter. Mini display port is backwards compatible with Thund erbolt. …
- Answered by Paul F from Manhattan
- Aug 1, 2012
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
- Aug 2, 2012
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
- Aug 9, 2012
- Asked by Margaret M from Oscoda
- Dec 15, 2012