Connecting MBP to TV via VGA

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

  1. palz macrumors regular

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    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

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    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

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    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

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    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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