• 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Does not work

    • Written by from Brooklyn

    i'm very disappointed. I spent the whole day trying to connect it from my macbook pro to my samsung monitor with no luck. I thought I was doing something wrong. I took the mini displayport to VGA adapter out and connected the screen to my hp laptop and it worked right away. So It seems like the problem is with the mini displayport. It says that its not connected. I'm not sure what the problem is but I wouldn't recommend it. Hope apple fixes the problem.

    26 of 31 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Can't select 8:5 resolutions.

    • Written by from Hamilton

    I have a monitor with native resolution 1920x1200. The VGA cable works fine from my desktop, but from my MacBook with this adaptor it won't let me use 8:5 (16:10) resolutions.

    17 of 20 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars


    • Written by from Ft Walton Beach

    I am a new Mac User and am getting extremely frustrated with the workaround I had to do in order to show a display on my Sony Tv. Luckily being an engineer I was able to figure out how to get it working in two hours... but it is only a temporary fix, as soon as I unplug it it wont work again.

    When I first plugged my Macbook Pro (Late 2011 Lion 10.7.2) into my 40" Sony TV (KDL-40SL150) via VGA it wouldn't connect for some reason. I know it wasnt the VGA cable, as I had directly unplugged it from my desktop. I also know ti wasnt my Mini DisplayPort to VGA as I tested it on a Samsung SyncMaster 204BW and it worked immediately. After banging my head against the wall I found that if I mirrored the display, unplugged it from the monitor into my tv, and selected the correct resolution 1280x960 @60Hz that it would show up on my Sony TV. But every time I clicked the box to turn off Mirroring it stopped functioning. I found that I had to show displays in the menu bar and then after I unclicked Mirror Displays I could go up to the monitor and return the resolution to 1280x960.

    This FINALLY got it to work. Unfortunately every time I reset/close my computer I would have to redo this nonsensical process.

    It is obvious that the Macbook CAN display to my TV, but it wont. Is there a program where I can set it up, and then save teh settings so I just have to click a button to get it all working? Is there a way to Force Detect? This is crazy!

    Also the strange thing is I went to the Hardware Settings for the Display and it showed the following:

    Intel HD Graphics 3000:

    Chipset Model: Intel HD Graphics 3000

    Type: GPU

    Bus: Built-In

    VRAM (Total): 384 MB

    Vendor: Intel (0x8086)

    Device ID: 0x0126

    Revision ID: 0x0009


    Color LCD:

    Resolution: 1280 x 800

    Pixel Depth: 32-Bit Color (ARGB8888)

    Main Display: Yes

    Mirror: Off <----- IT IS MIRRIRORD

    Online: Yes

    Built-In: Yes

    Display Connector:

    Why is there nothing for the display connector?

    I looked in the Thunderbolt section and it says no device is connected... this is nonsense!


    Status: No devices connected

    Link Status: 7

    Port Micro Firmware Version: 2.1.1

    Please give me a work around for this. How can I manually set resolution to 1080? How can I save the monitor configuration so I dont have to do this every time?

    The only reason this works is because it thinks my TV is my SyncMaster monitor! Ridiculous!!! Is this some plot to get us to by Thunderbolt Displays???

    30 of 36 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Don't work on Windows

    • Written by from Houston

    Well, on Lion it's work perfect! But when you install win7 (boot camp) this don't work :/

    24 of 29 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    significant number of these break after a short time

    • Written by from Round Lake

    I work in a school district where we have had to replace many of these where they just stop working. It gets expensive very quickly. This is a poorly constructed product, and you risk having it just die on you for no good reason.

    22 of 23 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    I'm saying the same thing as everyone else is?

    • Written by from Philadelphia

    I've bought two of these and I'm not happy. Twice it has just abruptly stopped working for no reason. It worked great at first both times. Now I need another one (or something comparable... Again.

    20 of 24 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    bad work

    • Written by

    if you connect to a TV samsung it works only if you turn on first the tv and then the MAC.

    But going deeper it seem a driver problem.
    On vista and 7 installaed on boot camp it works everytime!!!!!!!!

    Apple, please check the external VGA to a samsung monitor

    23 of 25 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Bad Adapter

    • Written by from Brimfield

    The Adapter worked really good with my Dell monitor for almost a year. Now out of a sudden it sometimes works, but more often it does not or shut disconnects for several seconds at a time. It is not worth paying $35 to get an unreliable product!!!

    16 of 25 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Stopped working!

    • Written by from Richmond Hill

    Used this cable for a few months. Worked flawlessly. Big presentation day comes and I can't get it to work in client's boardroom. Red faced and frustrated I had to stand in front of the client and apologize on behalf of Apple. I was a PC guy and switched to Mac b/c of design and ease of use. Have to rethink that......

    26 of 34 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Transfer information onto a monitor!!!! really????

    • Written by from Littlebourne

    It doesn't work,waste of my money
    Please do avoid been taken for a ride. Tried it in my class it doesn't work.Surprise,Surprise!!! . Before claiming victory over a particular product do test it before. Look forward to any wise advise in regards to the VGA Adapter.........?

    17 of 32 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    short life

    • Written by from Grand Rapids

    Worked well for a month or so, but didn't last any longer than that.

    26 of 27 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars


    • Written by from Malta

    on my 3rd exchange in 2 weeks because it stopped working...... again.........Also the fact that I have to even give this one star is an over statement of its quality. Get a different adapter.

    26 of 31 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    This thing is janky.

    • Written by from Portland

    I used this thing on and off for a year and it was always a bit touchy but now it doesn't work at all. I would suggest a direct cable for 1/3 the price. This product is faulty and should not be offered by the Apple store

    25 of 30 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    VGA Adapter

    • Written by from Valentine

    I just got a new school MacBook Pro and I love the machine unfortunately it isn't able to hook up to my View Sonic projector at all. I am extremely disappointed that the connection end was changed that much!

    22 of 27 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars


    • Written by from Blue Island

    Disappointed that Apple didn't design an adapter which would stay connected. We have to use electrical tape or rubber bands to keep the adapter connected. This is not right. There is not a way to use the tightners which come with any projector's cord.

    23 of 23 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars


    • Written by from Toronto

    I have a Samsung display that has worked perfectly with my 2008 imac. But now, using the adapter and a new powerbook, I can't get the proper resolution on my external display. It is no longer being recognized properly.

    15 of 18 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Product Limitations Not Clearly Stated.

    • Written by from Geelong

    The limitations of this adaptor are not mentioned anywhere on the store page.

    Only by digging though support does one find out that "VGA displays that use higher refresh rates (such as 85 Hz) at resolutions of 1600 x 1200 or greater may not generate video properly until you lower the refresh rate."

    "May" the DAC chip on the adaptor is either designed and the firmware is written to support 1600 x 1200 @ 85 Hz or it is not.

    The solution is simply to make technical specifications available to the buyer or at least provide the above warning amongst the overview.

    83 of 89 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Might not work between MacBookPro 8,1 and display LG W2353V

    • Written by from LEANDER

    LG W2353V (a 1920x1080 native) did not correctly identify through the "Mini DisplayPort to VGA" adapter, but *did* through the "MiniDisplayPort to DVI" adapter, when used with a new MacBook Pro 8,1 (early 2011).

    Using the VGA adapter, the W2353V only identifies as "VGA" and I am unable to use the higher resolutions. (I think "VGA" might be a fallback when it can't identify the device).
    I found a solution: Using "Mini DisplayPort to DVI" adapter instead (with a DVI cable) *worked* - I was able to test it because when I purchased my MBP8,1 I also purchased both adapters). The W2353V has three ports on it: VGA, DVI, and HDMI.
    I did also test using the "Mini DisplayPort to DVI"
    inline with a long Belkin DVI to HDMI cable I already owned, and that also worked
    with the MBP8,1:
    Resolution: 1920 x 1080 @ 60 Hz
    Pixel Depth: 32-Bit Color (ARGB8888)
    Mirror: Off
    Online: Yes
    Rotation: Supported
    Television: Yes

    I do not know why the Mini DisplayPort to VGA Adapter is unable to identify this particular display.
    I do know that this same display works fine (gets recognized) by my older MBP 2,1
    using a DVI to VGA adapter of that same era. (That's an old full-sized DVI to VGA
    adapter by Apple, though, not this new Mini DisplayPort, and also talking to an older MacBook Pro 2,1)

    This testing was done with both MBPros (the old 2,1 and the new 8,1) running
    Snow Leopard 10.6.8 plus all latest updates (including firmware) through today (07/22/11).
    Hope this helps someone - who like me, is buying the latest MBP, and needs to
    use it with the same external display as the older MBP.

    18 of 18 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Nothing but flicker!

    • Written by from Mesquite

    Just bought the Mini DP to VGA Adapter and plugged into one of my 23" HP2338h displays. After about 10 minutes of being powered on I get nothing but flicker. I tried my second HP2338h display with another VGA cord and I am getting the same flicker after a few minutes. My resolution for the external monitor is set to 1920 x 1080. Not sure if this is a problem with the adapter or the core i7 imac 27" 2011. Calling apple support!

    12 of 15 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars


    • Written by from Leamington Spa

    My old MacBook pro played nicely with both my Xerox external monitor and Toshiba TV. The image was crisp and sharp, not as good as the MacBook screen but pretty good nonetheless.

    With my new MacBook Pro plus this adapter my external monitor looks rubbish. The screen is off centre, the resolution is stretched (yes I've tried different settings and continue to search the forums for a fix) and text is really blurry. As for the TV I get nothing, nada. A blank screen and a 'Video format not supported' error message.

    This is all rather poor and annoying. I expect better from Apple for the sort of prices we pay - please sort it out!

    16 of 20 people found this useful