• 5.0 out of 5 stars

    DONT RATE THIS LOW

    BECAUSE YOU DONT KNOW HOW TO USE IT CORRECTLY. FOR THOSE OF YOU WHO BASHED THE PRODUCT BECAUSE YOU COULDNT HOOK IT UP TO YOUR HDTV, BUY A VGA TO HDMI CORD TO USE WITH THIS. I HAVE A BRAND NEW 24" IMAC AND 15" MBP, AND BOTH WORK PERFECTLY WITH THE TWO CONNECTIONS. PLEASE, GO TO AN ELECTRONICS STORE, PREFERABLE A LARGE ONE THAT WILL HAVE WHAT YOU NEED, AND BUY A VGA TO HDMI CORD. OR FIND ONE ONLINE. IT WORKS BEAUTIFULLY. ONCE YOUVE DONE THIS, DOWNLOAD A PROGRAM CALLED SWITCHRESX TO CHANGE THE RESOLUTION OUTPUT OF YOUR COMPUTER TO WHAT WILL WORK WITH YOUR HDTV. HOPE THIS HELPS. AND THE CAPS ARE FOR GETTING YOUR ATTENTION. SORRY.

    28 of 62 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    How to Make It Work! (on samsung T220 at least)

    SOLUTION: get a hold of a bunch of normal VGA cables and connect them directly to the display (this is of cause impossible with roof mounted projectors), try all the cables until you find one that works and then hold on to it with you life! This will sort out the problem, especially for those with Samsung monitors.

    For those interested here is the EXPLANATION WHY:
    I got myself a Samsung T220 monitor and out of the box it didn't show a picture using the Apple MiniDisplayport -> VGA adaptor (also tried the apple mini displayport -> DVI, didn't help either, but others have reported it to work).
    After hours of reading on forums it turns out that the problem is that some monitor and projectors require VGA pin 5,6,7,8 and 10 (or a combination hereoff) to be grounded or at least connected. Normally this is not a problem - therefor the cable manufacturers dosent always ground these, and sometimes even connect these pins. In my understanding Apple could have solved much of the problems by making grounding these pins directly in the adaptor. Anyhow, the solution is as described above; get a hold of a bunch of normal VGA cables and connect them directly between the monitor and the VGA adaptor, when you find one that work because it got all the grounds and conenctions hold on to it with your life! As a rule of thumb when looking for a VGA cable: it needs to be thick as this is a sign it got all 15 wires inside the cable.
    Hope it helps.

    38 of 42 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Works perfekt!

    The Mini DisplayPort works perkectly. I got a MBP and the connection to my LCD-TV is great.
    I never experienced any trouble with it.

    8 of 17 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Display problems

    Possible cause of failure to operate projectors or large screen display may be the quality or length of the VGA cable. I have had sync problems with some longer and lower quality leads which disappeared when a high quality cable was substituted. I have had the problem with other adapters so check the cable first.

    6 of 13 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Works without a single flaw!!!

    I bought this and it worked just fine for me. I have tried it on a few Sony projectors, a Dell and an HP widescreen LCD monitor, and worked the instant I plugged it in. No playing around had to be done! Very pleased with Apple products.

    14 of 21 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Mini DisplayPort Falls Short

    I am a first time Mac user and was a little hesitant. After purchasing a MacBook Pro I was very impressed and excited. I was so excited that I wanted to display this on my LG TV. My previous laptop did this with out any effort. So I went out to my local Apple store and picked up this little number. After I plugged it in and did a screen detection I was not able to get any picture. I called Apple for some trouble shooting. They were as lost as I was. I pulled out my e-harmony remote and forced the input setting on the TV to the RGB/PC. Low and behold there was my screen. It displays but not well. Falls short with the resolution settings. TV is 720p and I have to set the resolution to lower than this in order to display the full picture. When I do that iMovie and other applications will display bigger than what is on the screen and wont adjust any lower. I tried everything. The screen also goes blank and readjust frequently. Pretty disappointed. Love the Mac but Apple could of done better than setting the display port for only their products. Classic Apple.

    11 of 18 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Have a backup computer for you presentation

    Because, like many here, I too have been unable to connect to several LCD projectors with this connector and a 15" MBP and a 13" MB. We tried two different mini display port to VGA adapters. Same results with each.

    13 of 15 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Therapy for me to READ

    After years of debate, last week I approved purchases for our office to move to a MAC platform. Everyone has been raving about the new Mac Books....until we tried to use them in either of the conference rooms where HDTVs are located. Yeah, did not see that comming.

    Just wanted to point out, although it does not solve the MAJOR MAC BOOK ISSUE, it is nice to hear that it's not just our office plagued with this issue. APPLE, fulfill your legacy and fix this....please.

    20 of 36 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Can Apple Help??

    Can Apple weigh in on this? I have a Samsung LCD and the VGA cable I have worked fine with my PC. Then I bought this when I got a new 13" aluminum Macbook and it doesn't work. Lots of people say it has to do with grounding pins on the VGA cable, but why does that same cable work with my PC? Why doesn't the Macbook work? Help!

    33 of 37 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Worked perfectly

    After reading the other reviews, I thought this was going to be a disaster. I'm using it with a ViewSonic video projector.

    I plugged the adapter into the Mac (15" MBP current model), plugged the projector cable into the adapter, the Mac immediately recognized the projector. I went into the utility to mirror the screens (which was not the default), it knocked the resolution on the projector down to one the projector could handle. This was all displayed in the Monitors dropdown in the toolbar. And everything worked absolutely perfectly.

    Yes, it doesn't look anywhere near as good on the projector as it does on the Mac. What a surprise. And this is the Mac's problem why??

    My only complaint is that $29.95 is a bit expensive, but all Apple cables are absurdly expensive.

    10 of 14 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    This adapter screwed a major presentation for me today

    Prior to january this year, I had never (10 years) had any problems with getting my Mac to recognize an external display. However, four weeks ago at a MAJOR presentation (research grant funding) my colleague's Macbook air failed to recognize the projector. Thank god we had brought my machine as a backup, and the presentation went fine. Today, the same thing happened to me at an important event. While we didn't lose money, it was _quite_ embarrassing to appear as a 10-year old who doesn't know how to connect a projector, and I had to give my presentation without slides (nobody else had Keynote '09 on a Mac). Apparently there are a number of people claiming this adapter either does not have all ground pins correctly connected, or that it has physical issues that prevents some VGA cables from sliding all the way in.

    This is a major issue right now, since there are no other miniDP->VGA adapters out there. For now, I would not recommend anybody to trust a new Macbook for a critical presentation - the next critical time I will play it safe with Powerpoint, just in case...

    126 of 145 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    MacBook to Dell

    It did work for me. It kicks in at the blue screen

    9 of 16 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Pathetic - re-syncs

    I upgraded from a $700 2 year old Toshiba laptop to a $2000 macbook pro 15". After buying this $29.95 part, I found that my monitor keeps going dark re-syncing.

    I also found my brand new bluetooth mighty mouse doesn't scroll up. Do I have to get an appointment at a store with a genius to simply do a return of the mouse?

    18 of 29 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Smooth operation so far

    I've used this to connect my MacBook Air to projectors for presentations and so far the connections have been perfect. Based on the other reviews, I am now concerned that it might not work on some occasions, but no problems yet.

    7 of 9 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Perfect

    This works perfectly as described, its small and easy to take with me places and connects to my Infocus projector easily

    2 of 6 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Works perfect with Dell 15" Flat-Panel LCD (model # E152FP)

    Was very skeptical when reading the reviews for this product, but I can proudly say that this works perfect for the monitor stated in the title above. If you have this monitor and thinking about purchasing it, I would highly recommend it. Little pricey, but it's worth the money. I love having two screen to work on, and with the help of the "Spaces" program (available for Leopard users), it's amazing.

    6 of 9 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Freeze Frame

    With Macbook Pro (late 08), external VGA displays are basically unusable unless you close the lid. Otherwise, Video Res will be the same as laptops, and it freezes up if it goes to sleep or if you pull adapter out. Must also plug adapter in and boot, otherwise it freezes up. If you plug it in after booting, forget it.

    Very disappointing, wish Apple would fix this, otherwise the Macbook Pro is very nice...

    8 of 12 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Bought for my MBP, works just fine

    Does what it says it does, and what it's supposed to do. Works fine, nothing exciting.

    The plastic film that you're supposed to peel off has a nasty smell to it, but it doesn't make the dongle smell or anything; I believe it's the adhesive, but it smells bad regardless.

    I can't say how I feel about DisplayPort yet, but from what it looks like it's a good thing.

    4 of 6 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Need to project using VGA? hold off on MacBookPro

    As a previous reviewer said, it's unclear whether it is this DtoA converter (it's far more than an adapter, folks) or the latest Mac Book Pro's video hardware, but there are problems with Mini DisplayPort to VGA.

    I teach for a living, and never know what I will find in the classroom. This was the wrong purchase for me, as it is completely unreliable with VGA projectors. If you need to hook up using VGA, wait until Apple can address this problem or make another purchase.

    Sad, because my prior Apple laptop experience has been next to flawless. I hope they can fix it soon or I will be asking them to take this purchase back.

    33 of 43 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Great Purchase

    I bought this, and it worked completely fine with two different Dell monitors, although it did require a minimal amount in tweaking the settings for the output, which is completely fine by me.

    2 of 2 people found this useful