Questions & Answers for Mini DisplayPort to VGA Adapter
432 Questions from the Community
What is the length of the cable?
I want to connect a Macbook Pro (2011) to a TV, but don't have much room on shelf. What's the length of the cable?
- Asked by German D from Cardwell
- 10 25, 11
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This is more of an adapter really, so it's maybe 4 inches long at best. But it will require you to have a VGA cable to plug into this adapter and then into your TV- so you really just need to worry about the length of whatever VGA cable you get.
- Answered by Brett M from Austin
- 11 3, 11
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What cable do I need to connect my iMac 27' to a Blue Ray player?
It needs to be a Display port compliant video?
- Asked by Brien H from La Mesa
- 01 6, 10
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Does apple make an adapter that goes from Mini DP to HDMI and does the Mini DP carry sound or only video?
I have a MacBook Pro running OS 10.6.2 (Snow Leopard) and would like to use my Samsung LCD Series 5 TV as a display to show Powerpoints and play games. I also want the 1-cable solution so that I don't have to run 3.5mm cable to my TV for the sound. Since HDMI caries sound signals, I would like to know the answer to my question.
- Asked by Juventino G from San Diego
- 12 3, 09
- Flag as inappropriate (Does apple make an adapter that goes from Mini DP to HDMI and does the Mini DP carry sound or only video?)
Apple does not have a mini DP to HDMI adapter out yet. (I do believe there are 3rd party options....search on Amazon)
Unfortunately, miniDP ports do not carry sound. So even if there was a miniDP-to-HDMI cable, you would still need an additional cable to get sound into your TV/audio receiver.
Most people seem to be using the miniDP-to-DVI adapter to connect their Macbooks to their HDTVs, but there are HDCP issues when trying to play copyrighted HD rentals over DVI.
mini-DP to VGA could be a better route as you won't have the HDCP issues. In all cases, you need an additional audio cable.
In theory, someone could create a cable that had miniDP AND a 3.5mm jack as one end, and an HDMI jack on the other end. (assuming the miniDP and audio-out port on the laptop are close enough to each other)
Maybe the next Macbooks will have HDMI out ports and solve all our problems. I doubt it.
- Answered by Jacob M from Chicago
- 12 5, 09
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which adapter do I need to use Epson Powerlite 76C with my macbook pro?
- Asked by Jeffrey M from Edinburg
- 11 8, 09
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can I use the imac as a display for a PC
I would like to use an iMac with Parallels to replace my office PC. I currently use two separate computers sharing one monitor (required based on security/proprietary software programs) through a A/B adapter.
While I am confident that I can transfer and run my main CPU programs/data on the iMac through virtualization, I have no idea if it is possible to use the iMac monitor with a similar adapter to work for the second Windows-based PC processor.
I do not want two monitors filling my work space.
- Asked by Alan M. F from Atlanta
- 11 1, 09
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Only if you have the new 27" iMac
- Answered by Andrew F from Williamsville
- 11 10, 09
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Old Sony camcorders do have a firewire 400 4-pin port. You would need something to connect between firewire 400 4-pin to Mac's firewire 800 9-pin port. S-video output only as video, no audio.
- Answered by Srin K from Sunnyvale
- 05 31, 11
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What does mirror displays mean?
Some of the responses state that they had to mirror their displays when using the miniport to VGA cords. What does that mean?
- Asked by Victor F from Clarksville
- 02 11, 10
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I use a laptop with VGA output for work. I want to buy a new Imac. Can I connect the laptop to the Imac and use the Imac as a stand alone monitor?
- Asked by Juan A from Palmetto Bay
- 10 21, 09
- Flag as inappropriate (I use a laptop with VGA output for work. I want to buy a new Imac. Can I connect the laptop to the Imac and use the Imac as a stand alone monitor?)
1.) It depends on what MacBook model you have. The new aluminum models have the Mini DisplayPort (Mini DP) connector, but the White models use Mini-DVI. Depending on which MacBook you have, you will need to buy either a Mini DP or Mini DVI Adapter.
2.) If your TV has a VGA or DVI input, you can use Apple's Mini DP/DVI adapters. There is also a 3rd-party Mini DP/DVI to HDMI Adapter you can use if you only have an HDMI input on your TV. So the first thing you need is the adapter that matches your MacBook and your TV
3.) Cables: now all you need is the right cable to go along with your adapter. If you bought a VGA adapter, use a VGA cable. for DVI adapters, use a DVI cable... etc etc.
- Answered by Alex R from Miami
- 10 17, 09
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Does this adapter carry analog signals, converts it, or uses apple trickery?
This is really bugging me. I want to hook my unibody mbp up to my tv via composite cable. Composite is roughly the analog components of VGA. VGA is analog, correct? but the pin-out on the mini display port does not specify a dedicated analog path. but it does have vague reverences to non-video data lines (pin 2 and 4)
I have tried mini DP ->DVI-I adapter, to a DVI-I -> component cable with no success. (implying no analog present at all)
so, how is analog getting out of the port for VGA? is there a feedback resistor inside the adapter which is communicating with the video card to specify digital for the DVI-d adapter, and analog for the VGA adapter? what this all is implying to me is you only get analog out of the graphics card with a VGA adapter and only digital with the DVI-d.
- Asked by Tucker P from Loveland
- 10 15, 09
- Flag as inappropriate (Does this adapter carry analog signals, converts it, or uses apple trickery?)