Can I output video from my MBP using these adapters?

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  1. AmbientChaos macrumors member

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    My MBP has a Mini Displayport out. My monitor has DVI/VGA. Ideally I'd just buy the cables to connect the two, but I can't find any for cheap where I live.

    I have some other video cables which might be able to bridge the gap, though.

    Here's my planned setup:

    Mini DisplayPort out -> Mini DisplayPort to HDMI male cable -> HDMI female to VGA out adapter -> VGA cable -> Monitor (VGA)

    The key thing is I already have the Mini DisplayPort to HDMi cable, and would like to use it instead of buying a Mini DisplayPort to DVI cable.

    Would this work?
     
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    Unlikely. You're converting DP to HDMI to VGA. You'll likely get a crappy picture if by some miracle it does.

    Get the Apple Mini-DP to VGA adaptor and plug it straight into your monitor.
     
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    Too many physical connections, I'd say as the other poster did, if it does work. The image won't be all that great.
     
  4. AmbientChaos, Aug 15, 2014
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    Alright, no to my idea then. How about a Mini DisplayPort to DVI, plus a DVI cable, instead? It's one or the other (DVI/VGA), though the price of the cable where I live ~$30, is a hard pill for me to swallow considering that's how much I got my monitor for. I'm just reading about how VGA is analog, and if I'm going to spend money on a cable that costs as much as the monitor, I should go for something a bit more... futureproof?
     
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    This is only 29 dollars, why not just by the Apple Mini-DP to VGA adaptor and be done with it?
    [​IMG]
     
  6. AmbientChaos thread starter macrumors member

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    You're right. I'm just going to buy that. Thinking back my initial setup would look stupid, assuming it worked. Thanks for the suggestion.
     
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