• 4.0 out of 5 stars

    The "1 star" people are buying the wrong product...

    • Written by from Sherman Oaks

    For all the complaints you read below, remember these people are buying the wrong product and then getting mad that it doesn't work. While it is confusing, the world of VGA and DVI is complicated.

    This product is designed for one thing and one thing only: connect to the current 12" PB and core duo iMacs and provide a standard DIGITAL DVI connector to plug a cable into. It is not designed for the older powerbooks or ibooks with mini-vga output, or any other computer that doesn't have the mini-DVI. It will not work with older macs. It will not work in series with VGA adapters because this adaptor does not pass ANALOG signals from the mini-DVI port. That's why they sell the VGA adaptor instead for VGA monitors.

    This adaptor may not work with cables that are analog+digital DVI without an adaptor. This is not apple's fault. This is the way the spec is written. The various flat pins are there to control which connectors fit together, to prevent accidental damage to your equipment.

    If you have a DVI-D equipped monitor and want to hook it to the iMac or current PB 12", this adaptor is for you. If you want to hook up some other sort of monitor (analog, DVI-I, ADC), this is not for you, or you may need an additional adaptor.

    Plain and simple.

    As for rating: it would get a five if it was another 6 inches longer. But otherwise, it does what it does and doesn't cost too much.

    2631 of 3329 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Connecting Macbook to HDTV

    • Written by from Brooklyn

    After reading the helpful reviews, i did alot of research before buying any cables to hook up my macbook to an HP HDTV. Hopefully the following will help others with connection issues:

    Investigate the PC input jack of your HDTV for 3 specifications:

    1) TYPE OF DVI INPUT JACK. Most newer models have DVI-I or DVI-D input jacks. there is a difference between the two. you can tell which one you have by referring to your manual. if you don't have the manual, look at the jack itself and compare to pictures (link isn't allowed here, but datapro had clear pictures)

    2) DUAL or SINGLE LINK. newer model HDTVs likely have the dual link inputs. refer to your manual or look at the jack and compare to pictures.

    3) MALE OR FEMALE. ihad assumed that because the apple mini-DVI to DVI cable had a FEMALE DVI connector end, then my TV must have a MALE input jack. not true. my TV has a FEMALE DVI jack. So by default, I needed an adaptor cable for the mini-DVI to DVI cable.

    after this, i determined that i had a DUALLINK DVI-I FEMALE input jack. NOTE that the mini-DVI to DVI cable, not pictured online at apple.com, has a FEMALE DUAL LINK DVI-D connector end.

    so I bought the apple mini-DVI to DVI cable & a DVI-D to DVI-D male/male connector cable, connected the cables to their respective hardware input jacks, and it all worked.

    FYI, i got the DVI-D to DVI-D male/male connector cable instead of a DVI-D to DVI-I male/male connector cable, because i couldn't find the latter. Luckily, because my TV had a FEMALE input jack, it could take a DVI-D male (just the way the input jacks are designed).

    Hope this helps.

    1972 of 2530 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Why, O Why Not Mini-DVI to DVI-I???

    • Written by from Lafayette

    It all boils down to the title. I post this as a warning and a complaint. The warning is that DVI doesn't simply come in one flavor, and that "DVI" in this adapter is a female DVI-D Dual-Link plug. The complaint that it is incompatible with all the DVI-I cables out there in the world, particularly those in the research lab I work in.

    I know that these DVI-I cables *could* be replaced with DVI-D cables and everything would be just fine, but that's really not a general solution. Must I purchase some sort of male DVI-D Dual-Link to female DVI-I Dual-Link adapter, too? Surely it'd "just work" for the most people if Apple offered just one adapter--a Mini-DVI to DVI-I adapter...

    1859 of 2873 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    iMac using a 40-In Samsung HDTV as a Monitor

    • Written by from Woodside

    For all you guys who think it would be nice to have a 40-inch monitor so you could surf the Web from the comfort of your living room couch using your wireless keyboard & mouse, here’s how I did it.

    I connected my new iMac to my Samsung LN-S4095D 40-inch LCD HDTV as follows:
    I connected a Mini-DVI to DVI adapter (part number M9321G/B at Apple’s retail store - $19.00) to my iMac’s Mini-DVI port at one end, and the other end to a 2 meter (6.6 feet) XTREME HD HDMI to DVI cable (part number TL952LL/A at Apple’s retail store - $19.95). Naturally, the other end of the HDMI cable got plugged into one of the HDMI/DVI In jacks on the back of my Samsung HDTV. Unlike some of the previous comments I’ve read, small text was crystal clear – probably because my HDTV has 1080P resolution. .

    I rented the standard (not Hi Def) Michael Clayton movie from iTunes and found the resolution to be very good - DVD quality. I know the cables are transmitting a good signal from my iMac to my HDTV, as for months I’ve been recording HD programs on my iMac by pulling them out of the air with a $19 indoor antenna attached to an EyeTV-Hybrid, then watching them on my iMac. I can now watch those recorded programs on my 40” HDTV. And be assured, the resolution is just as good as if I were watching the HD broadcast live on a my HDTV. The only minor problem I had while watching my first downloaded iTunes movie was that the sound came from my iMac, not my HDTV. I knew this would be happening, as the Mini-DVI to DVI adapter is actually a DVI-D adapter, which doesn’t capture the sound. (The “D” stands for Data.) The next morning I went to Radio Shack and bought a 6-ft Y-Adapter Audio Cable (Part Number 42-2552, price $7.99), connected it to my iMac’s “Headphone Out/optical digital audio out port” at one end, and to my “DVI IN R-Audio-L” jack on the back of my HDTV. I watched Michael Clayton again, and thought I died and was in heaven. Both picture and sound were perfect.

    I spend a lot of time researching what was needed to make this all happen. I hope my positing saves you a little time.

    294 of 354 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    I'm a Mac, but buying cables to match is exhausting

    • Written by from FAYETTEVILLE

    Really, my MacBook is the best computer I've ever bought, but buying cables to connect to my Sony Bravia TV is exhausting. I've now bought three different configurations to make this happen and none of them work, and I've been in IT for over 4 years.

    Bottom Line: Mac--just let us know the exact model of computers that your cables work with and what they do. If someone has a MacBook, and they want to hook their computer up to a TV, let them know what they need to buy "exactly" to make that happen. Like the following:

    1. Computer Type: MacBook (Model#) 2. Specific Function: Connect to TV (HDMI) 3. Cables Needed: DVI to DVI (Model #) to DVI to HDMI (Model #)--Just an example

    I expect better service from the easiest to use computers in the world. Is that too muck to ask? Does anyone at Mac read these reviews and fix anything? It's 12 DEC 2009, lets see if they actually do what their customers need.

    199 of 240 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    New cables need to be invented

    • Written by from Chesapeake

    This adapter is great and offers excellent picture quality to a High Definition TV when used with a DVI to HDMI cable. However, Apple should eliminate the need for that extra cable, and just create an adapter from Mini DVI to HDMI. There is a large percentage of Apple customers who own High Definition TV's with HDMI inputs, and there should be a direct adapter from the computer to the TV.

    141 of 144 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    this is all very confusing...

    • Written by from New Haven

    Apple should put head-on pictures of the ENDS of these connectors with EACH ITEM. This would solve so much of the confusion associated with buying connectors. I bought this item thinking it would serve as a simple way to get around the fact that my old G4 MacBook Pro had a male DVI-D port, and came with a DVI-D to VGA converter so I could give presentations and such, and my new MacBook has this mini-DVI thing and didn't come with a converter so I figured a "mini-DVI to DVI" would be perfect. Unfortunately, it wasn't - now that I've done a little internet research, i see that what I bought was a mini-DVI to female DVI-I, and my existing converter is a male DVI-D to VGA connector. Unfortunately, the projector in my lab is old and does not have a DVI-I cable.

    If Apple would provide images with the ends of these products displayed, allowing us to see the arrangements of the pins both regular and flat, it would be incredibly helpful to figuring out if it's the right piece for us. Thanks.

    224 of 317 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Mini-DVI to DVI to HDMI = Beautiful

    • Written by from chandler

    I bought this and a generic DVI to HDMI cable to hook my HDTV up to my laptop. I was amazed by how simple it was. Here are the steps I followed:

    1. Plug everything together.
    2. Instant 1080i output to the TV, it even knew it was a Sony TV.

    I am giving this 5 stars to augment all the morons that gave it one.

    104 of 108 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Works Great

    • Written by from Roseville

    To those with a misunderstanding... DVI-D stands for "DVI-Digital" and DVI-I stands for "DVI-Integrated".
    DVI-I is the older standard that could push both digital and analog signals. DVI-D is digital only. As long as you use the right DVI (DVI-D) cable to your monitor you will be in buisness.
    Taken from Wikipedia:
    "The long flat pin on a DVI-I connector is wider than the same pin on a DVI-D connector, so it is not possible to connect a male DVI-I to a female DVI-D by removing the 4 analog pins. It is possible, however, to connect a male DVI-D cable to a female DVI-I connector. Many flat panel LCD monitors have only the DVI-D connection so that a DVI-D male to DVI-D male cable will suffice when connecting the monitor to a computer's DVI-I female connector."

    93 of 98 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    DVI is a DVI is a DVI ... NOT!!!

    • Written by from Kenilworth

    The packaging on this product says, "Mini-DVI to DVI adapter". So, you'd think that means you can connect it to a DVI cable or device, right? Wrong-o, incompatibility breath. The DVI connector (female) consists of a grid of holes and a flat blade opening, but that blade opening is too narrow to accommodate the wider pin blade found on some other DVI items, such as, by golly, the Apple-branded DVI-to-VGA cable!

    Another commenter on this page mentioned that DVI has variations, but such subtleties are ***NOWHERE* to be found in the labeling on the package for this cable.

    So, one Apple DVI cable (male) cannot connect to another Apple DVI cable (female)!!!! And there is nothing on the packaging that warns you? What the hey, Apple?

    What REALLY ticks me off is that I bought this at the Apple Store (Old Orchard, IL) where TWO different Apple people told me that this cable is just what I needed so as to provide the flexibility of either mini-DVI to DVI (with this cable alone) or mini-DVI to VGA (in conjunction with the DVI-to-VGA cable I already had). Grrrrrr!

    Now another hour wasted going back to the Apple Store to return this cable.

    132 of 189 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    DVI-D adapter, will not work with DVI to VGA adapters

    • Written by from Buffalo

    If you buy this adapter be sure your cable and monitor will plug into the DVI-D plug on it's end. The DVI-D is lacking the holes for the 4 pins near the wide flat connector and the wide flat connector is narrow compared to a standard DVI connector. This connector difference WILL NOT allow a standard 29 pin DVI plug to connect. The adapter should be great if it fits your monitor, I thought I could keep some options open and save $20 by using this connector with a DVI to VGA adapter, NOPE! I even contacted Apple tech support to be sure it would work before I bought and they couldn't give me an answer other than "it should" (and in reality "it didn't"). I give it 1 star because there was no reason Apple should have used the less common DVI-D connector on this, for $20 we should receive a full blown standard DVI connector.

    98 of 121 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    All DVI are not Equal...

    • Written by from Nokomis

    I, like others, have learned the hard way that this adapter, which I bought for my MacBook, only outputs DVI-D, as per another of the reviews. I should have read the reviews in advance. Lesson learned.

    81 of 89 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Works great, poor quality cable though

    • Written by from Wayne

    I use this adapter to connect my 2008 MacBook to a "DVI to HDMI Adapter" which then connects to my HDTV. The product works great and I've never had a problem getting it to display everything properly on my TV. However, the connection from the "Mini DVI to DVI Adapter" to my MacBooks Mini DVI port is very poor (it's not a tight connection)...it can easily be knocked or pulled out. I just wish Apple would have made the connection more solid, other than that it works great.

    78 of 83 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars


    • Written by from ravensdale

    Just like almost everyone else on here, I was not informed this is a DVI-D connection. Even worse, on the back of the little package, there are 2 logos, one is a mini DVI connection, and the other is a DVI-I connection.... VERY misleading. It has the 4 pins pictured next to the large flat one. Why was this printed with the incorrect logo? It makes the purchase pointless, and just frustrating in the end. At least get the image on the packaging correct.

    104 of 135 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars


    • Written by from Tempe

    This is an adapter, not a cord. I used this to hook my little macbook with its mini-dvi port up to my big Panasonic plasma tv. My tv actually has hdmi input, not dvi, but I have a hdmi to dvi cord so I used that with this and it works perfectly.

    84 of 98 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    mini-dvi's are not all equal

    • Written by from Ann Arbor

    I give two thumbs down to Apple for making such a ridiculous number of ports and adaptors. I got this cable and dodged the first bullet, which was connecting it to the DVI cable on my monitor. BUT, the mini-dvi end does not work on my MacPro. APPLE has two different kinds of mini-dvi ports!

    108 of 156 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars


    • Written by from eindhoven

    The packaging for this product says NOTHING about what type of DVI connector (I, D, or whatever) this thing has. Now I have to kill another hour going to CompUSA. To the folks talking about "People's lack of good sense and poor computer component shopping skills," how the heck are you supposed to know this is DVI-D when all it says is DVI???? Apple, give us a little warning next time, please!!!!!

    76 of 92 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    DVI-D not DVI-I

    • Written by from Champaign

    I rate this one star because of lack of transparency. For the record this is DVI-D which means it can do only digital. That is all fine and good, but should be advertised as such. It is not simple DVI nor is it DVI-I (which would be capable of doing anything and would make sense to use if you are advertising DVI) instead it is DVI-D. What does that mean? Well it means that it will work perfectly if you are connecting it to a monitor or projector that is Digital using DVI-D connections. If you have monitors or projectors that have analog VGA connections and you want to use a converter to DVI you are out of luck.

    Apple could have saved you from having to purchase two connectors. Obviously you could purchase both the DVI and the VGA, but you shouldn't have to. If they had made this DVI-I than all would be well with a simple VGA-DVI converter. I don't have a problem with Apple doing this, but I do have a problem with Apple not being transparent about this. Apple put it in your tech specs that it is DVI-D. I shouldn't have to read about this in the comments

    68 of 77 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Very Overpriced, but Works Great. Should be included Free with new Macs

    • Written by from Buford

    This adapter is much more expensive than it should be, but there's no real competition, so what can you do? If you need it, you need it. It should be included free with the purchase of a new Mac, if you ask me.

    Once connected to an external device, it is automatically detected and works flawlessly to produce a very high quality picture. It works very very well.

    155 of 251 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    It's DVI-D!

    • Written by from Berrien Springs

    Don't be fooled, this is a DVI-D product. It won't work with any DVI-I equipment.

    90 of 121 people found this useful