Displayport to HDMI adapter not working.

stchman

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Jul 16, 2012
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Hello all.

I just got a displayport to HDMI adapter for the MBA.

Here is the link to the one on ebay I bought.

http://www.ebay.com/itm/310407826582?ssPageName=STRK:MEWNX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1497.l2649

I got the first one home and could not get it to work at all. I contacted the seller and he replied that I might have gotten a bad one and he just sent me another one (kudos to the seller). Well, this one didn't work either. I'm wondering if the Thunderbolt port is bad or if there is some setting somewhere.

Any thoughts?

Thanks.
 

isrefel

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A lot of those cheap ones don't ever work. I paid $25 for the one from Best Buy and it works great with my computer.
Unfortunately, this is often true.

Before purchasing my current Belkin adapter, I did some research and it seems that many people have issues with the lower priced adapters.
 

Calot

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Aug 6, 2012
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Seriously? You paid 3 bucks for it and ask why it doesn't work?

Some Chinese children that can't read probably manufactured them, of course a high percentage of those is not going to work.
 

stchman

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Seriously? You paid 3 bucks for it and ask why it doesn't work?

Some Chinese children that can't read probably manufactured them, of course a high percentage of those is not going to work.
Hmmm, doesn't Apple make their laptops in China? Probably the same illiterate Chinese children are making Apple products too.

What about the Monoprice adapter? I'm sure that's made in China as well.

As a matter of fact, I'm sure all the high price adapters that Apple sells are made in China.
 

BigMcGuire

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Hmmm, doesn't Apple make their laptops in China? Probably the same illiterate Chinese children are making Apple products too.

What about the Monoprice adapter? I'm sure that's made in China as well.

As a matter of fact, I'm sure all the high price adapters that Apple sells are made in China.
Yep, everything is made in China. However, companies that have higher QC tend to produce better products. A free Android smartphone made of plastic that creaks vs an iPhone - both are made in China.

That said, I got several sub $5 Thunderbolt to display ports on Amazon. All failed - all were returned. Went to best buy and dropped $29 on one and it's worked since.

What do you think the difference is ? Yeah they're both from China - higher QC?
 

Calot

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Aug 6, 2012
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Hmmm, doesn't Apple make their laptops in China? Probably the same illiterate Chinese children are making Apple products too.

What about the Monoprice adapter? I'm sure that's made in China as well.

As a matter of fact, I'm sure all the high price adapters that Apple sells are made in China.
I was not making fun of Chinese products. Almost every electronic thing is made there. The difference is training and QC. You have to be seriously small minded to think that a 3 dollar product made in China is the same as a 2000 dollar laptop made in China. Think.
 

stchman

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Yep, everything is made in China. However, companies that have higher QC tend to produce better products. A free Android smartphone made of plastic that creaks vs an iPhone - both are made in China.

That said, I got several sub $5 Thunderbolt to display ports on Amazon. All failed - all were returned. Went to best buy and dropped $29 on one and it's worked since.

What do you think the difference is ? Yeah they're both from China - higher QC?
I understand, the poster I was referring to was eluding that EVERYTHING made in China is via illiterate child slave labor.

With all that being said, I didn't want to drop $35 on something that I am going to use 0.002% of the time. I paid $3.75 for the adapter, throwing it in the trash is no big deal.

I guess I'll buy the more expensive Chinese child slave labor adapter.
 

Calot

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Aug 6, 2012
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I understand, the poster I was referring to was eluding that EVERYTHING made in China is via illiterate child slave labor.

With all that being said, I didn't want to drop $35 on something that I am going to use 0.002% of the time. I paid $3.75 for the adapter, throwing it in the trash is no big deal.

I guess I'll buy the more expensive Chinese child slave labor adapter.
I bought the Moshi one. I have been using it for a year and it works great.
 

bembol

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When it comes to my OSX/iOS accessories I try to stick with Apple or in this case reputable companies like Monoprice which is where I got my Mini Display Port-to-HDMI. I ordered two, the other was for my sister's iMac and both worked.

If Monoprice didn't have it, I would've bought the Apple or Belkin at Apple store.
 

Mikey7c8

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Agree with general theme of the above, being that you get what you pay for.

Pay $3 on ebay and you roll the dice in my experience - which is fine, but you take the good with the bad :) Seriously, your time spent chasing this up is probably worth more than a better quality device.

My $5 mini-dp to dp cable from ebay years ago is working just fine fwiw, but I did wait a month for it ;)
 

mertyz

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Is there anyone who has any experience with Atlona's MDP to HDMI adapter?
 

Acorn

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monoprice is great ive gotten close to 10 adapters from them and they all work great. the only thing with monoprice is they have so many different types of cables its easy to order the wrong cable. male when you needed female ect. always good to double and triple check what your looking at is what you need.