Ext monitor - DVI cable - connect MacBook Air

Discussion in 'MacBook Air' started by AMSOS, Oct 24, 2018.

  1. AMSOS macrumors regular

    Nov 21, 2010
    I recently bought a basic external monitor (LG) that came with a DVI cable. I was able to hook up this up to the HDMI port of my MacBook Pro 13” (early 2015).

    However, when I tried hooking it up to my friend’s MacBook Air (2017) I realised that the Air doesn’t have an HDMI port, and I’ll have to get a connector that has a Thunderbolt port connector at one end.

    I looked around on the Apple website and I am not sure which connector to get.
    Can you suggest which connector to get - both an expensive one, and a cheaper option from one of the third party manufacturers?

  2. kohlson macrumors 68000

    Apr 23, 2010
    At monoprice or amazon, you can get connectors and adaptors for virtually combination. Sounds like you need a Mini DisplayPort (which connects to the MBP, and looks like a thunderbolt) to dvi adapter.
  3. AMSOS thread starter macrumors regular

    Nov 21, 2010
    Thanks! I should have asked earlier, but is there some way to connect an HDMI end to the MacBook Air Thunderbolt port? So that the end of the cable coming out of the external monitor is HDMI (male) that goes into an HDMI (female) to Thunderbolt connector.
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    These look good, thanks! By the way, do you have experience using these on your own computers? A friend had once had a not very good experience with some third party brands. I would like to get a cheap one, but I don't know which brands are decent quality. And I certainly don't want to damage my machines in any way, or have problems with connections.
  4. Mr_Brightside_@ macrumors 68030


    Sep 23, 2005
  5. AMSOS thread starter macrumors regular

    Nov 21, 2010
    Thanks! And I noticed that there also seems to be a VGA (?) port at the back (See attachment). Can you suggest a cable that has VGA at one end and a Thunderbolt connector at the other? That way I can easily hook up the MacBook Air with the monitor and no dongles will be needed.
    Thanks again!

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  6. kohlson macrumors 68000

    Apr 23, 2010
    I'm not sure I know how to answer this, other than you get an adapter. I've had nothing but complete functionality with monoprice. Other brands are good, too.
  7. AMSOS thread starter macrumors regular

    Nov 21, 2010
    Thanks. As you can see from my other reply here, I am trying to explore both options of connecting the monitor to the MacBook Air - a) get a VGA cable and use the Rankie, or b) use the HDMI cable supplied with the monitor with a HDMI (male to female) to Thunderbolt adapter.
    Can you give me a link from Monoprice to the such an adapter (in b) above)?
  8. kohlson macrumors 68000

    Apr 23, 2010
    Mr_Brightside above has linked an adapter for VGA, which I think is what you want.

    If you're looking for a Mini DisplayPort to HDMI cable from monoprice, here you go.
  9. Mrbobb macrumors 601

    Aug 27, 2012
    Am not sure why you are looking for VGA when HDMI (better resolution) hookup is available.

    I got this one piece THUNDERBOLT-TO-HDMI cable years ago and never had a problem. If you buy Apple I think they sell you an adapter then you add a standard HDMI cable to it.
  10. AMSOS thread starter macrumors regular

    Nov 21, 2010
    Thanks for the link to the adapter on Amazon. But the thing is that the HDMI connector you see on that link is female.
    The cable that comes out of the external monitor has an HDMI connector (like the end of the cable shown on Amazon) that can go into an HDMI port (say of a 2015 MacBook Pro).
    So, I need an adapter cable that has a Thunderbolt/mini display port that goes into the MacBook Air, while the other end takes in the HDMI connector coming in from the monitor.
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    Edit -
    I managed to find this adapter -
    Is this a reputed manufacturer?
    Would you suggest other brands over this one?
    Is there an adapter like this that has a USB port instead of the VGA connector?

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