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Apple today released Mini DisplayPort to VGA Firmware Update 1.0 for all Mini DisplayPort-enabled Macs.
This firmware update addresses intermittent flickering and compatibility issues such as no video on some external displays when using the Mini DisplayPort to VGA Adapter on your Mini DisplayPort enabled Mac.
Apple notes that in order to apply the update, the Mini DisplayPort to VGA adapter must be plugged into both the Mac and a compatible VGA display. The Mac must also be plugged in rather than running on battery power.

The update weighs in at 11.4 MB and requires OS X 10.5.6.

Article Link: Apple Releases Mini DisplayPort to VGA Firmware Update 1.0
 

batchtaster

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Mar 3, 2008
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It said mine was already up to date... weird

It's not unusual for Apple to release such fixes to manufacturing first, before it goes out to the population. Revisions to manufacturing occur much smoother and more predictably than out in the wild. I fully expect there will be the likes of "OMG DIS UPDTAE FUXORD MAI FIREFOX BOKMRKZ!!1!" or similar of that ilk. It's better to have the corrected devices in the channel already, as a "oh, didn't need it" is easier to deal with. It's also why it sometimes seems like them longer to release an update than people expect.
 

J the Ninja

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now only if they would fix the $99, kick-you-in-the-face for buying their 30" display, dual-link DVI adaptor...

DisplayPort cannot just pass the dual-link signal like it can the others. It needs an active converter. Not Apple's fault beyond their choice of MiniDP.
 

MrCrowbar

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Jan 12, 2006
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That's one thing less between me and a new unibody MNacbookl. Does it fix all external display problems?

I wish they could fix the loose audio jack issue as easily. I read lots of statements saying that if you wiggle the headphone cable or pull it out just half a millimeter, the speakers go back on. It supposedly works fine with 4-ring jacks (headphone with mic like the iphone headset) but most stereo headphones (3-ring jack) are loose. Has anyone some good advice on this issue?
 

clyd3robert

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Mar 11, 2009
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Then would it release after 10 more updates....?
I love my Mac mini and am planning to get a MacBook. Is it a good time to get it....?I guess the trackpad is a hardware issue and can be minimized by software updates but can't be completely fixed. Only a Re-call would help..
 

MrCrowbar

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Then would it release after 10 more updates....?
I love my Mac mini and am planning to get a MacBook. Is it a good time to get it....?I guess the trackpad is a hardware issue and can be minimized by software updates but can't be completely fixed. Only a Re-call would help..

What exactly is wrong with the trackpads?
I noticed in stores that the unibody Macbook's trackpads have a different acceleration curve and a little more delay than on the plastic Macbooks. I guess that's because it's totally different hardware and the software is way more complicated.
 

doubleusn

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Are we going to finally see a resolution to the MiniDisplay Port to Dual-link DVI Adapter as well?

Now if they can send out the update for the mDP to 24" LED adapter that would also be nice.

I have a late 2008 AlumiBook and it does the same black flicker crazy thing also.

Oddly it also seems to ignore power man. as well.
 

MXDT

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I've got a Unibody Macbook, hooked up to a Samsung 2253lw via MiniDisplay to VGA, and the update didn't pop up for me? So what determines if you need the update or not?
 

kenned

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I've got a Unibody Macbook, hooked up to a Samsung 2253lw via MiniDisplay to VGA, and the update didn't pop up for me? So what determines if you need the update or not?

They might have updated the firmware in the factorys before they send it out in Software Update.

Mine updated from v. 1.01 to 1.03 :)
 

MattsxB

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I've got a Unibody Macbook, hooked up to a Samsung 2253lw via MiniDisplay to VGA, and the update didn't pop up for me? So what determines if you need the update or not?

You have to click on the :apple: then software update while the adapter is hooked up to mac and monitor / TV.
 

jedijoe

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DisplayPort cannot just pass the dual-link signal like it can the others. It needs an active converter. Not Apple's fault beyond their choice of MiniDP.

Yea, it is Apple's fault for selling a $99 piece of equipment that clearly does not function correctly. $99, so what, if it actually worked... but it doesn't.

One macbook unibody, one macbook pro unibody, 3 adapters, all the same screen black-outs, flickering, and screen distortions (which only can be fixed by restarts or putting display to sleep and waking)
 

katarchaea

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Nov 27, 2008
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I updated my two mini-DP to VGA adapters on my 15" MBP. The updater would not recognize either adapter under the 9400m, but both were recognized under the 9600m GT and updated from v1.01 to v1.03. For the first time one of my VGA adapters actually drives my Samsung Syncmaster 191T from the 9400m *some* of the time, crashes notwithstanding. The other worked *most* of the time before. I'm not convinced Apple has solved the various mini-DP and graphics chip related problems yet, so for those suffering with the mini-DP to dual-link DVI adapter I wouldn't hold your breath waiting...
 

Sander

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Apr 24, 2008
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Put the adapter in the right slot :)

Embarassing story:

I was fumbling around with my VGA converter on my MBP 15" and accidentally tried to insert it in the firewire slot (I was reading on the screen and not looking what I was doing). Apparently, this can cause a short-circuit since my mac was instantly switched off (not shut down - switched off!).

I'm hesitant to try it again to verify whether this was a coincidence. Also, don't blame me if you decide to try it yourself and fry your mac in the process...
 

MVApple

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Jul 18, 2008
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Embarassing story:

I was fumbling around with my VGA converter on my MBP 15" and accidentally tried to insert it in the firewire slot (I was reading on the screen and not looking what I was doing). Apparently, this can cause a short-circuit since my mac was instantly switched off (not shut down - switched off!).

I'm hesitant to try it again to verify whether this was a coincidence. Also, don't blame me if you decide to try it yourself and fry your mac in the process...

This happened to me as well. I did a similar thing, actually it was dumber than what you did. :D

I'm not familiar with all of the firewire connectors and I had a firewire cable and I decided to see if that was the correct cable. Note that I did not push it in to the firewire port, but I did put it right next to it to see if this was the right connector. Well the connector was not the right one and they managed to touch.

I experienced the same thing you experienced. I saw a spark and then the MBP shut off completely. It turned on just fine afterwards. This was when the notebook was about 2 weeks old. Later on I noticed that my superdrive was not working correctly and I had to have the notebook replaced. I have no idea if the firewire short fried the superdrive or if it came defective because I never had a chance to test it before the incident.

My superdrive would have a hard time reading certain discs, it would spin spin spin and make beeping noises and then read them or eject them. I can try the same disc 3 times and it would work 1 out of 3 times.

When you get a chance test your superdrive out and let me know if it works, I'm mighty curious about that.

Don't feel too bad, I did a google search and apparently, these firewire ports are known to blow out even using the right connector. They are definitely more dangerous than USB ports.
 
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