• 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    HD on my TV (from my Powerbook).

    • Written by from London

    i bought a new Samsung HDTV but had no HD content to feed into it until i bought this adapter and a DVI to HDMI cable. now i can watch 720p cinema trailers coming out of my 12" powerbook to my HDTV (1080i is too much for my slow powerbook).

    further, i can also utilise the TV as a 1920 x 1080 secondary display when i edit my home videos and actually see the small lettering (unlike going through composite).

    64 of 75 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    For all of those people...

    • Written by from ETOBICOKE

    For all of those people who say "i plug it in and all i get is the desktop.... all you have to do is drag a window to the other desktop.... like iTunes or a web page. What it allows is for you desktop to extend the normal amount and it gives you more space..

    57 of 63 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Works fine

    • Written by from Bothell

    This Apple Mini-DVI to DVI adapter works fine with a Belkin DVI-to-HDMI cable (TR843LL/A) on my iMac. Just plugged the cables together to my TV and selected 'Detect displays' on the Display preferences window.

    iMac: 24" 2.4GHz Intel Core 2 Duo
    TV: Samsung UN55B6000 on HDMI input #3

    I thought I'd have to rearrange my HDMI inputs to use input #1 based on comments in the TV user manual concerning DVI to HDMI conversion. I tried input #3 (the next open spot) and got immediate success.

    5 stars? The part was no more expensive than I expected and worked straightforwardly.

    49 of 52 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Stop Complaining!! Its an ADAPTER!

    • Written by from Portland

    I can't believe everyone on here is getting all up in arms about the cord length...ITS AN ADAPTER!!!! not a cord. You dont see a USB to PS2 adapter being 6 feet long...I think this thing is a GREAT ADAPTER...Works great with my monitor and the CORD I bought to use with this ADAPTER! Kudos Apple, once again.

    72 of 99 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    iMac to HDTV

    • Written by from Brooklyn

    Most HDTV had HDMI inputs now, so Just hook up iMac =>Mini Dvi to Dvi cable=>use Dvi to HDMI cable & Viola!! stunning picture quality just go to Display & use Mirror Display or What ever U perfer, choose Display size!!
    Even 1920×1080 Full HD!!!

    44 of 50 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    It works great

    • Written by from windsor

    It is a great product. I wish the MacBook had a DVI port instead of mini-dvi as it is annoying having to have a mini-dvi on your desk period, or if you bring your notebook to a meeting/presentation.. don't forget the adapter.. so I bought two, one for my travel case one for my desk.. just to make sure I don't forget it.

    And to the people saying it is "too short". Uhh, this is an adapter not a cable.. big difference.. it expects you to already have the cable.. the adapter is just the little link between your MacBook and your LCD monitor's cable.

    41 of 44 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Works perfectly!

    • Written by from Monterrey

    It does what it says it will do. It does it perfectly.

    The problem for folks saying that it does not fit certain models is because they bought the wrong product. They bought a mini, when they needed to be buying a micro. Two different word with different meanings.

    43 of 51 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Pay attention...

    • Written by from Vernon

    Get the right cable people. The connector is DVI-D because DVI-I is digital AND analog to remain compatible with VGA (analog) SOURCE devices. Since I would assume the output on the MacBook and iMac is digital only there is no need to cause issues with the cable fitting but not being a compatible interface. Get a DVI-D cable for your monitor (without the 4 pins) and you'll be fine, since any monitor with a DVI input should accept DVI-D. If you really need to blame someone besides yourself blame the people who created the DVI interface for creating something that would work with what you already had for a while and not force everyone to buy all new stuff all at once.

    55 of 77 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars


    • Written by from Las Vegas

    So just like my title this is an adapter, basically to keep imacs and other products neat and clean, Apple has made the DVI port small, the full DVI-D port and VGA ports are big and clumsy and wouldn't look sleek. SO Apple figured they would keep them small and of course proprietary because its cleaner looking and because there is no such DVI-D or VGA connector thats small in the industry. SO again Apple developed a new type of DVI-D socket to keep it small and clean at the rear or sides of their computers. Now since this is an adapter all it has to do is convert the socket type to a standard DVI-D adapter which is female, like that located on any other device that has the DVI socket. So this adapter does not need to be longer etc. or any other convenience. Again, this adapter needs to provide the consumer with a standard DVI-D receptacle like found on PC computers and Tv's DVI standards call for female ends to be located on devices, and cables are to be male on both ends. DVI-D and HDMI are both the same, onlY HDMI carries sound as well. Analog signals are older and require a different connector all together, eventually they will be phased out, no new LCD had an analog VGA or Analog DVI port. They all have HDMI or DVI-D which again are both the same. Ofcourse you will need an HDMI to DVI-D adaptor if your TV has HDMI, or you can buy a MALE DVI-D to HDMI Male and ofcourse the adaptor on this page.

    There is however one suggestion I do have for Apple. Make a new connectors capable of both DVI-D and Analog DVI so its completely error proof. Basiclly a DVI-D and Analog DVI on the single side of the "Y" cable and the other ends of the "Y" cable should conect to both Analog and Digital ports on the mac. Since both Analog and Digital DVI can be present on the same DVI port either format will work once both conections are conected to the mac.

    39 of 48 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Perfect for hooking up secondary display

    • Written by from Rochester

    This adapter works beautifully to connect me to my 19 inch lcd and more recently a Dell 24inch S2409. Connection is firm and have never had any issues.

    As a warning to those who are complaining about lack of DVI-I support, DVI-I has digital and analog pins for when your graphics card reaches it's digital resolution and has to 'step down' to an analog signal to go bigger. Your mac will push 1920x1200 all digital with no issue. If you need more pixels, just buy the VGA adapter.

    34 of 39 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    To the person below me who thinks he's not an idiot.

    • Written by from Newport Beach

    DVI is a digital video signal.

    VGA is an analog video signal.

    Even if the pins match up, the display won't be able to render the picture because you're feeding it a digital signal when it's looking for an analog one.

    Get a DVI to HDMI cable and watch everything work.
    Or, get a Mini-DVI to Composite Video Adapter and then go VGA from that.

    But DONT come here with your uninformed posts and trash an adapter I have used countless times in proffessional home theater applications without fail.

    137 of 246 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Works Great with LCD Projection HDTV

    • Written by from Helotes

    I bought this adapter at a local Apple Store and a Monster HDMI-DVI cable on eBay to connect my MacBook to my Hitachi LCD Projection HDTV. This setup works flawlessly, and the MacBook immediately detected and displayed my new extended desktop on my HDTV with the correct native resolution. I use this setup primarily to show iPhoto slide shows and do iChat video chats. I have a separate digital optical cable to plug into my home theater system for the latter. A word of advise: if you want to pay a fraction of the cost for HDMI/DVI cables, buy them online at places like eBay. I bought my 8ft Monster HDMI/DVI cable for $25 after shipping. The same cable sells for >$125 at most retail stores.

    38 of 48 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Stop Confusion and Hysteria!!

    • Written by from PARK FOREST

    After reading all of the reviews here twice, and winding up confused and a bit fearful, I went to the Apple Store with my DVI cord in hand from the new Samsung 225BW monitor that I had just had delivered from Amazon. The Apple Store salesperson looked at me like I was nuts. Of course the mini-DVI-DVI adapter would work perfectly with the DVI cable from the Samsung monitor--and it did--strictly plug and play.

    50 of 74 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Works Great with Macbook

    • Written by from Media

    This product met all expectations for my use ... which means that I was able to plug the adapter into the Macbook, connect the DVI-HDMI cable my 46" HDTV (Sharp LC46D62U), and have it work with little fuss.

    I did have to play around with the settings to get a 1080p resolution working, but that's more an issue with OS X Tiger and not the adapter itself.

    41 of 56 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Mini-DVI to DVI

    • Written by from Newton

    This product worked great. I have absolutely no complaints. I plugged it in and it worked immediately - very easy and perfect.

    30 of 35 people found this useful