Connecting MBP to TV via VGA

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by palz, Jun 21, 2012.

  1. palz macrumors regular

    Apr 2, 2010
    This is going to sound confusing, but here goes.

    When I got my MacBook pro, it came with a MDP/thunderbolt to DVI (D, dual-link) adapter, and I bought a cheap DVI-D to VGA adapter online to compensate for my not owning a DVI cord (or DVI monitor, for that matter.) But when I connect the adapter to the thunderbolt port, plug my DVI-VGA adapter in, and attach a VGA cable that's connected to a monitor, nothing happens. It doesn't detect the Mac whatsoever. I've tried pressing fn+F7 and detecting displays to no avail.

    TL;DR My displays won't detect a MBP connected via a Thunderbolt DVI cable + a DVI-VGA adapter.
    (by the way, I bought the DVI-VGA instead of a MDP-VGA because I'm cheap :D)
  2. jonbravo77 macrumors 6502a


    Feb 20, 2008
    Phoenix, AZ
    You're problem is the DVI-D -> VGA Adapter. DVI-D is a digital connector and VGA is only analog. There is no compatibility. Your best bet is to get a MiniDP to VGA adapter.
  3. abbeywilliams macrumors newbie

    May 16, 2012
    Please note that cheap adapter don't do digital to analog single
    conversion. What you need is an active DVI-D to VGA converter. Check
    KVMSwitchTech as they offer DVI-D to VGA solutions.
  4. brand macrumors 601


    Oct 3, 2006
    That might be his technical problem but his real problem is that he is cheep. He even admitted it in his first post. :D

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