Why do the macs have to have special display connections?

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  1. imacintel macrumors 68000

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    I was wondering why they have the weird looking ports for screens instead of just having a paralell one?
     
  2. StoneWolf macrumors newbie

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    Do you mean the DVI port? If so, PC's are all switching to those too.
     
  3. someguy macrumors 68020

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    I've had a video card with a DVI port in my PC for almost 5 years. I'm just sayin... :D
     
  4. StoneWolf macrumors newbie

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    My 1 year old laptop only has the VGA port :mad:
     
  5. someguy macrumors 68020

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    Well, in all fairness, my PC is a custom built machine. I bought a video card with VGA and DVI so that running dual displays would be a piece of cake. :)
     
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    What are you saying :confused:
     
  8. thejadedmonkey macrumors 604

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    The comp my mom got in 2001 has a DVI port...it's a gateway too!
     
  9. Foxglove9 macrumors 65816

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    Couple of things I still see in PC's that all my friends own. Parallel ports, VGA only, and no firewire ports. Even apple gave up on serial ports and SCSI at some point. But I know the reasons why many PC's still have those ports and in many cases some PC's have way more port options than macs have.

    Just last night I was helping someone find a HD15 to DB15 Video adapter for their old G3 CRT Monitor. Now that's old.
     
  10. g30ffr3y macrumors 6502a

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    my quicksilver has an Apple Display Connector for the
    old lucite flat displays...

    big cash for the adapter to work that into a usable port on anything else...
     
  11. disconap macrumors 68000

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    As they said, DVI is standard on Macs these days. The adapters are cheap and there is no quality loss.

    As for why they are DVI-I (or ADC) in stead of DVI-D, that is for the Apple display monitors. Your DVI-D monitor should still work in the DVI-I input on the card.
     
  12. someguy macrumors 68020

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    ...that PC's have had them for years? I never buy pre-manufactured machines so I've no clue what Dell or HP or whoever has been putting in their boxes lately... and I'd like to keep it that way. :D
     
  13. imacintel thread starter macrumors 68000

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    Well to tell you the truth, where can i buy the adapters? There is no apple store in my great city of calgary. HELP!!!
     
  14. timswim78 macrumors 6502a

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    I think that you see many of these legacy ports on PC's so that PC manufacturers can continue to support various peripherals. For example, I upgraded the Windows computers for my friend's fish warehouse recently, and the PC's needed to have serial and parallel ports in order to support the temperature sensors and dot-matrix printers. (The dot-matrix printers are used to print triplicates of invoices).

    You don't see many Mac's in industrial settings, so there really isn't a need to have ports on Mac's that support these old industrial devices.
     
  15. StoneWolf macrumors newbie

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    Any computer store should have them.
     
  16. howesey macrumors 6502a

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    I have a TNT2 M64 with a DVI port, IIRC that was from 1999.
     
  17. skubish macrumors 68030

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    The DVI port Apple has been using is standard on PCs for years. If your monitor only has a VGA port then use this.
     
  18. mkrishnan Moderator emeritus

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    I think laptops have been a little slower to switch because one cannot assume, whenever one wants to plug into a projector, that there will be a DVI port on it, or that a DVI cable will be available, or that some sort of DVI-A -> VGA adapter will be available. :(

    And that's a much bigger issue for laptop owners than for desktop owners. :eek:

    I know, here, the hardware in our lecture rooms is all set up for VGA. But then, so is my iBook! :)
     
  19. CanadaRAM macrumors G5

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    Please help us out -- you surely don't have a parallel port. So, what exactly do you have, and what do you need to plug into it?

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  20. EricNau Moderator emeritus

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    My iMac has a mini VGA port... those are not standard in the PC world. I had to pay an extra $20 to plug my computer into a projector that had every connection known to man... except for mine. :rolleyes:
     
  21. eXan macrumors 601

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    mini VGA? Damn, I though my iMac has mini DVI...

    Yes, it says mini VGA on iMac's box :eek:
     
  22. EricNau Moderator emeritus

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    That's what I thought also... until I went to buy the adapter.
     
  23. eXan macrumors 601

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    Yeah I imagine what u have thought back then :D

    The fact that I have mini-VGA instead of mini-DVI doesnt bother me at all, because I don't have an external display/projector :)
     
  24. After G macrumors 68000

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    I guess laptops are the only Apple computers that come with the mini-VGA adapters for free then?

    Which is weird to me, because every Apple computer I've bought so far has had a converter for VGA come with it.
     
  25. mkrishnan Moderator emeritus

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    I kinda wish they'd just switch to that plug format. I hate those big plugs with the screws on the side.... *sighs*
     

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