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Sur3Mac 11-10-2009 02:25 PM

Apple DVI to VGA adapter
I want to ask to anyone who knows, if it will work if I connect a minidisplay port to DVI connector to a DVI cable and the with a DVI to VGA connector back.

I know its rather strange to do so, but I just couldn't find the minidisplay to VGA in the AppleStore.

I must add that I have a normal DVI to VGA adapter worth $5,- but that did not work, weird... but so.

I'm trying to connect it to a Ilyama 24" display, I know in the other thread I said I ordered a 26", but I cancelled the order since it was just a little too expensive. Just to get misunderstandings out of the way;D

Thanks fella's:)

bobtomay 11-10-2009 03:01 PM

I am not sure on this one - have not seen enough reports yet - but here's what I think.

The DVI-VGA adapter didn't work, because it is expecting to be able to get an analog signal by being connected to the port on the computer - which in most cases, the DVI port has the capacity for passing both analog and digital signals. The adapter itself does not have the ability to convert the digital signal to analog (from DVI to VGA).

The mini-display port to DVI adapter is going to be passing a digital only signal to the DVI. Hence, why your DVI to VGA did not work.

I believe, if you want to use VGA, you're going to have to get the Apple mini-display to VGA adapter to have that digital to analog conversion.
Have not checked, but monoprice might have one of these also.

Sur3Mac 11-10-2009 03:23 PM

Thanks for the reply, but I have the Apple mini display to DVI, and I'm going to get the Apple DVI to VGA tomorrow or the day after....
I believe the issue you're referring to will be handled in the DVI to VGA adapter, won't it?

I have already ordered it and I don't think I can reverse that anymore since I already payed for it.:(

Dysfunction 11-10-2009 03:40 PM

the DVI > VGA has two pins that the minidisplay > DVI don't, my wife did this.. didn't work.

bobtomay 11-10-2009 03:55 PM

No, i don't think that will work. I do not believe there is any conversion happening in the DVI to VGA adapter. The adapter is expecting to be plugged directly into the port on the computer where both the digital and analog signal are available.

(I'm on my phone and takes me forever to type anything on here.)

Video Cable - Display Port

Think this is what you need. That is if I figured out how to copy and paste on this thing.

Sur3Mac 11-10-2009 04:34 PM

Thanks guys, both of you... I managed to cancel my order for the DVI to VGA.
Im not going to buy any more connectors, since I can start my own shop by now, dealing in secondhand ones:)lol

I'm returning the flakey ("I don't have a DVI or HDMI port in me, only a lame VGA") display, and just ordered myself a new one, the Packard Bell Maestro 222, with 22" display width.

It has DVI, VGA, an HDMI as well as on board speakers, and I just love how it kind of resembles the Apple display... a bit.
Thanks for the help, you at least saved me 35$, or 25 euro's;D

bobtomay 11-10-2009 06:22 PM

You mean Packard Bell is still around? My last off-the-shelf machine (besides my Mac) was one of those sometime around 16-17 yrs ago. Swore I'd never buy another off-the-shelf computer again after that one.

That is a pretty good looking monitor though.

Sur3Mac 11-11-2009 04:55 PM

Thanks, I'll be getting it tomorrow...;)
Can't wait.

Kash 11-11-2009 04:59 PM


Originally Posted by Sur3Mac (Post 940734)
I know its rather strange to do so, but I just couldn't find the minidisplay to VGA in the AppleStore.

Here you go:

Mini DisplayPort to VGA Adapter at the Apple Store

Sur3Mac 11-12-2009 02:41 PM

Yeah, but that's the US Store....:)

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