• 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Video Adapters should last longer than 4 months

    • Written by from Ann Arbor

    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.

    1865 of 2798 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Didn't work with my macbook

    • Written by from abbots langley

    it clearly says in the description that this product works with a normal macbook, however did not work with mine. Make sure you are cautious when buying this product. I am so tired of apple doing things like this to make money. They should specify what model of "macbook" it works with. Very Unhappy

    197 of 216 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Still the wrong size.

    • Written by from San Diego

    I bought three of these for school iMacs. We have intel core duo machines. They're too big!

    Not enough information in the specifics 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.

    113 of 127 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    works for Powerbook G4 and MacBook?

    • Written by

    My old computer is a PowerBook G4 12" and my new one is a MacBook with Intel Core 2 Duo. The overview for this adapter says it's compatible with both. However, both of these have very different mini DVI ports. I have an adapter that was bought a long time ago that fits the PowerBook G4 DVI port but does not fit the MacBook port. So, the overview is clearly misleading and somebody's still bound to be screwed over. Despite the review about different PowerBooks having different DVI ports, they still haven't thoroughly clarified the issue.

    I suggest that no one buy this product and keep leaving one-star reviews until they fix this and put up some more pictures of the DV-side of the adapter so you can at see for yourself if it looks compatible with your port.

    105 of 121 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Shoddy quality for such an expensive cable

    • Written by from Portland

    My mini-DVI to VGA adapter is terrible. It worked fine for a few months, but then started having problems. The color channels don't all stay connected.. sometimes the screen turns green or magenta or blue. It's truly a poor piece of equipment. I haven't even moved it from its original location.. it stays connected to my laptop 99% of the time. And, of course, since this is apparently a proprietary specification (mini-DVI), I'm forced to buy another one of these terrible cables. Thanks Apple for pulling a Microsoft on us!

    171 of 256 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Doesn't work with 10.8.2

    • Written by from Charlotte

    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 giant 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.

    100 of 116 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Good Luck Getting the One You Need

    • Written by from Guaynabo

    As someone baptized in Mac Religion and having set up my new company only with Mac equipment it is SOOOOOOOOO frustrating to find that every time a new version of a MacBook comes out they change the mini-DVI output configuration.

    One of my various Macs is a black core-duo MacBook fromk about 2 years ago. I went and bought the mini-DVI to VGA adapter and find that IT DOES NOT FIT MY MAC BOOK. NO WHERE on the packaging does it say that the mini-DVI end fits only certian versions of Mac Book. And I cannot find where I can find which one to buy (or even if back issue ones are for sale).

    I have to use this computer as my back up for projecting presentations but I can't without the adapter. What do I have to do - buy a brand new Mac Book and get the adapter the same day????????????????

    94 of 117 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Poor quality

    • Written by from vashon

    Mac cables and connectors are definitely the "weak link" for Apple, and this is no exception. My Mini DVI/VGA adapter lasted about half a year with very occasional use, mostly at my office desk. Wires became loose, and VGA screen started shifting colors then not connecting at all. Apple should be able to do better, especially at these inflated prices.

    95 of 124 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Works but not durable

    • Written by from Martinez

    Mine worked fine but began having problems within 6 months of purchase. The cable has poor connections; you get just certain colors unless you fiddle with it and get it into just the right position Poor quality; not very reliable.

    154 of 256 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Vague product description

    • Written by from San Diego

    Apple failed to accurately describe which of its computers will actually fit this cable. So even though the description said it would work with "macbooks", the cable does NOT fit into my MacBook Pro. Apparently all the genius's at Apple thought their customers would get that. Way to go Apple. Now I am in Iraq with a useless cable that took a month to get here. Thanks a lot guys. Maybe I'll get the right one by the end of my deployment after I cycle through the hundred or so cable options with overly vague descriptions. Apple: FAIL.

    65 of 85 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Does not work with Mac Mini

    • Written by from Milano

    I bought this adapter some time ago for my MacBook (white, 2007) and it worked flawlessly.
    Then I bought a new Mac Mini (2009) and it didn't work. After some googling I found that Apple had dropped support for analog signals in the mini-DVI port.
    Very bad.

    55 of 67 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Poorly Made

    • Written by from St. Thomas

    Great concept for sure, plugged it in a off I went. Depsite this however, I give it a thumbs down as I am now on my 3rd adapter after the first to shorted within 2 months of use. First symptoms are a blue tinge on the external monitor or some flickering, both of which are resolved with a wiggle of the cable. This however, only works for a couple of weeks until it stops working altogether. I took apart the second adapter after it went bad and you can clearly see where the wiring is coming apart from any bending that may occur. If I could find another supplier for this I would. Not up to Mac's usual manufacturing standard.

    65 of 91 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Cant get it to display to TV

    • Written by from Wading River

    I have a 2009 Macbook 5,2 and I have been trying for some time now to get this Mini DVI adapter to send a signal to my TV. I have tried connecting it both through S Video and VGA. Can anyone help me figure out if there is a way to make this work? I have spent $50 on cables already and gotten no closer to being able to use my TV as a display for my laptop. Thanks!

    64 of 92 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    What an unbelievably bad and unnecessary product this is

    • Written by from Helsinki

    Thank you Apple for first of all NOT making a standard VGA port on the Macbook, but instead making it necessary to spend an astonishing 18 euros ($25!!) on a useless dongle, to be able to connect it to an RGB port. And yes, you still need to, it's actually quite rare for a conference room to have something with an HDMI, let alone a DVI connection!

    Second, it's unbelievably finicky, and almost impossible to get it to stick to the mini-DVI port without falling off.

    And the worst part - it just broke down. Didn't take even a year.

    72 of 109 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Mini DVI != Mini DVI - this is amazing FAIL

    • Written by from Sydney

    Apple failed to accurately describe which of its computers will actually fit this cable. Packaging states "Requires Mac with a mini-DIV port", but the cable does NOT fit into my MacBook Pro.
    Huh???
    Apparently all the genius's at Apple thought their customers would get that MacBook and MacBook Pro have the same name of the adapter (Mini-DVI) but are actually different?!?!?!?
    I love Apple products but this is the greatest FAIL ever!

    50 of 66 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    BEWARE! Does not work with the 2009 Macbook White!

    • Written by from East Aurora

    Buyer beware! I bought this retail, and nowhere on the packaging does it mention this problem. It is somewhat hidden on this pages (linked to with a little *). It does work great when it works (as my friend's laptop can vouch), but if you have a Macbook White, it just doesn't work!

    50 of 66 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Keeps falling out

    • Written by from New york

    The adapter falls out of my macbook port at the slightest move! I can hardly work because the monitor keeps loosing the connection (twice already since I started writing this review), and it takes about 3-4 seconds to reconnect each time.

    38 of 43 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Fragile

    • Written by from Sherwood Park

    I had this adapter for approximately 1 month when the cord started to short out and drop colours. This adapter is junk. One of the few Apple products that has truly disappointed me.

    42 of 51 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    junk cable

    • Written by from New Hope

    I bought this cable March 25th, 2010. It arrived, and I was able to use it teaching my class. It worked great! I was able to make my class so much more interactive and didn't have to rely on paper copies. The next day I pulled out the cable to use it, and the cable was dead. No signal, nothing.

    I might add I had the same issue with a cheaper, non-mac cable. I'm not sure what the problem is (I have a 2007 13 inch MacBook). I guess I'm going for the third cable. Any recommendations? I've thrown about $35 away between the two.

    So, sorry Apple, I can't recommend this cable.

    35 of 40 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Badly made cable!

    • Written by from St. Peter's

    This adapter is totally unreliable: there must be an internal short or poor connection made with one or more of the wires carrying color data. The first time we used it, we had to wiggle and twist it and set it down 'just right' to avoid getting a green picture on a black and white version of "Scrooge" (the 1951 Christmas classic). I'm surprised at Apple making such shoddy workmanship available. Other reviews report the same low quality.

    49 of 69 people found this useful