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
2903 of 3724 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
1672 of 2405 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
1844 of 2774 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
1 of 1 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
2 of 2 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
22 of 34 people found this useful
Questions & Answers
Answers from the community
what adaptor works with macbook air and a vga plug
- Asked by Bridget C from Atlanta
- Feb 6, 2013
Apple has updated the display output and no longer uses the mini-dvi port. The MacBook Air (and all Apple has updated the display output and no longer uses the mini-dvi port. The MacBook Air (and all new Macs) use the Thunderbolt (also called mini display port). You need a mini-displayport to VGA adapter.
It is part # MB572Z. …
- Answered by Christopher S from Natick
- Feb 21, 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
Can The Apple Mini DVI to VGA Adapter fits into the thunderbolt?
- Asked by Jun T from Petaling Jaya
- Jun 25, 2013
No, it cant.
You should use mini DisplayPort to VGA.
- Answered by Anton M
- Feb 4, 2014
You will need the Mini Display Port to VGA Adapter. Apple switched from Mini-DVI to Mini-Display Po You will need the Mini Display Port to VGA Adapter. Apple switched from Mini-DVI to Mini-Display Port on MacBook / Pro / Air in Late-2008 …
- Answered by Tracy B from Beech Grove
- Aug 9, 2012
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 Use the Apple mini display port to VGA adapter. Mini display port is backwards compatible with Thunderbolt. …
- Answered by Paul F from Manhattan
- Aug 1, 2012