dvi cables

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  1. don't do it macrumors regular

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    ok i recently bought a dvi adapter for my macbook and then a cable for it but the cable has an area on it that looks somewhat like four prongs surrounding a piece of flat metal and the adapter has only a slot for the metal piece and its too small. What can i do to fix that?
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  2. macbookairman macrumors 6502a

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    specifically what kind of cable did you get? Apple has lots of different cables, it can be kinda confusing.
     
  3. don't do it thread starter macrumors regular

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    ok well my tv has a dvi port and my macbook has a mini dvi port so the adapter i bought is mini dvi to dvi and the cable is a DVI-I
     
  4. macbookairman macrumors 6502a

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    i'm having a hard time trying to visualize the problem ("the cable has an area on it that looks somewhat like four prongs surrounding a piece of flat metal and the adapter has only a slot for the metal piece and its too small.") you're having with the cable. if you post a picture, it might be easier to find a solution.

    maybe somebody else knows off the top of their head?

    EDIT: does it look like this? cause this is S-Video, not DVI. Edit: ok, never mind. i don't think you're thinking of s-video....
     

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  5. don't do it thread starter macrumors regular

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    ok here is a picture. the top is the macbook adapter the bottom is the cable and my tv
     

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  6. TEG macrumors 604

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    The Cable you have is a DVI-I cable. Unfortunately the DVI connector that the Apple Mini-DVI becomes is DVI-D (which lacks those 4 pins around the flat pin). Return the DVI-I cable and get a DVI-D cable. Your TV has the pins either to support analog DVI connections (DVI-A)/VGA or so that you can just use the more common DVI-I cables.

    TEG
     
  7. macbookairman macrumors 6502a

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    hmm....i don't know. maybe somebody else knows. but what I would do (if you're tv has s-video) is i would get an s-video cable and this adapter from apple. its a mini dvi (which is the port on macbooks) to s-video and composite video. $19.00 http://store.apple.com/us/product/M9319G/A?mco=MTIxODk3Mw
     
  8. macbookairman macrumors 6502a

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    forget what i said. do what he said.
     

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