• 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...

    1858 of 2870 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

  • 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

  • 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.

    131 of 188 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

  • 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

    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!

    107 of 155 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

  • 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

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Ridiculous product, must be changed to DVI-I

    • Written by

    I bought this adapter fully knowing that it was DVI-D formatted...however i have to join the wailing masses and say, WHY didn't they make it DVI-I??? It would cost them nothing, WOULD NOT the signal quality, WOULD make it completely universal...4 holes apple, you can fix this can't you? One thing is if you are set up with the right equipment at home..another thing entirely is when you have your mac on the road...that makes for 20 pointless extra dollars..and losing quality in addition (DVI to VGA)...terrible planning Apple

    76 of 98 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Mini-DVI to DVI adapter needs thumscrews

    • Written by from Ann Arbor

    The design of the mini-DVI to DVI adapter is seriously flawed. A direct DVI connector has thumscrews to maintain a tight connection. The mini-DVI adapter tries to rely on friction alone to hold it in place. However, if the computer is placed near the rear edge of a desk, the weight of the cable will cause the mini-DVI connection to become partially or completely disconnected. It would be good if Apple or a third-party would produce an adapter that would stay connected.

    51 of 55 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    I'd give it a zero

    • Written by from Banja Luka

    First of all, I did NOT buy the wrong adapter. This is the only Apple solution for getting graphics out of iMac to my HDTV (via DVI - HDMI cable, of course). Apple, do you realize how ugly, bulky and loose it looks like at the rear side of my iMac now? Seriously, for $19, you could at least make a LITTLE longer version of it (at least not to get stuck in the cable hole), or (better yet) provide an option of mini-DVI to HDMI. You're losing it big time, lately.

    88 of 129 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Does not work with DVI to VGA adapter

    • Written by from St. Louis

    For those of you like me that have piles of DVI-to-VGA you are out of luck. This thing will not help you as it is missing the four pins (or rather holes) that carry the VGA signal. Get a mini-DVI to VGA.

    Dear Apple,

    Why? Is it really worth the extra $19 you can milk out of us?

    76 of 111 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Why can't Apple standardize their ports?

    • Written by from Caldwell

    This is the 2nd time I've bought the wrong adapter. If Apple is going to use their own proprietary ports, the least they can do is make all their own products the same silly proprietary port.

    73 of 107 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Apple can fix this but hasn't

    • Written by from Coon Rapids

    Apple can fix this easily by any one of these options (but first inform buyers that the new mini-DVIs do not fit the old mini-DVIs): 1) Clearly state that the adapter is DVI-D and will not work with DVI-I, or 2) require the purchase of both mini-DVI->VGA and mini-DVI->DVI-D (for $25 total), or 3 (best)) manufacture and sell a mini-DVI->DVI-I adapter. After 2+ years of this problem being known, no one I talked to at Apple today was even aware that DVI-D vs. DVI-I exists! This is just wrong. Yet Apple's VGA->DVI connecter is DVI-I. Apple, will you fix this problem and also send at no charge the other adapter to everyone who was schnookered by your opaqueness (really, false advertising)?

    60 of 85 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    very misleading description

    • Written by from Santa Barbara

    As other reviewers have noted this adaptor does not work with the more common DVI-I cables. It is only designed to work with the DVI-D cable.

    What's even more confusing is that the picture on the package incorrectly shows a DVI-I plug not the DVI-D plug!

    Apple should list it as a Mini-DVI to DVI-I adapter and correct the picture on the package!

    Talk about misinformation

    42 of 51 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Why no DVI-I

    • Written by from Huntsville

    The usefulness of this adapter is seriously limited by the fact that goes to DVI-Digital rather than DVI-Integrated. The mini-DVI connector on the macbook carries both, why can't apple just include the extra wires in this adapter? There's no reason why not to, and I have to buy two over-priced proprietary adaptors rather than just one.

    71 of 110 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Deceptive advertising

    • Written by

    actually, the title should read, "lots of details purposely omitted by apple so you will buy more merchandise"

    There are two different sizes of Mini-DVI ports on Macs. Be very very careful when you are ordering.

    the iBook G4 1.2 GHZ uses a smaller Mini-DVI port than later generations.
    (it's what I have)
    I bought the Mini-DVI to Video adapter only three weeks ago at the Apple Store in a mall. Then it was easy to see the two different versions.

    I went back today to buy this Mini-DVI to DVI Adapter, and Apple had pulled all other versions off the shelf, so you can only get the later versions for newer machines. (typical Apple move)

    No information on apple.com about the generation difference.
    No information available to Apple Store employees.

    I'd suggest you bring your machine to the store and make sure any adapter fits.
    If there was any reliable information on line (particularly from Apple, where it SHOULD be, but isn't) then I'd say just be careful with matching your machine's specs. But, since they are being deceptive by leaving information out you should NOT buy this adaptor unless you can actually get to a store and try it out.

    I suspect that Apple's marketing team has determined that enough people will just give up and buy a new machine. Be careful. You want to buy some hardware, not a fashion.

    If someone finds a place that reliably shows the difference between generations of laptop Mini-DVI ports, particularly if you find the correct adaptors, please please please post here.

    Until then, be very careful out there people.

    39 of 52 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    States DVI and IS DVI-D Packaging Graphics show DVI-1

    • Written by from Lenexa

    Just for info for others as has been stated this is not a common (in use at this time with majority of Monitors) DVI connector ....


    The packaging Graphics (which I trusted) are of DVI-1 (the "common" one)

    Rather frustrating and strange

    41 of 59 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    PITA, Apple part again..

    • Written by from rochester

    Well I wanted to break out of my MacBook and purchase only 1 adapter to break out with and allow me to use for an external monitor. So, I chose the mini-DVI to DVI and if I needed to convert to SVGA I could use the typical adapter I use with all other computers I might hook up to my HDTV. Well, Apple does not like efficient functionality as much as mutiple revenues of each of there little typically non-standard trinkets! The trouble I encountered is that the DVI side does not match the 4 little pins at the ground side(large flat pin) of the connector. They have filled that with plastic to inhibit this connection. This facilitates the need to buy the official SVGA connector to break out in this manner. simply, annoying.

    47 of 73 people found this useful