How do I connect my macbook pro to this monitor?

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  1. legsilver macrumors newbie

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    Thanks, in the first case, what sort of VGA cable would I need?

    In the second case, what sort of DVI cable would I need?

    The Viewsonic monitor I am trying to hook up has a port for AC In, DVI, D-SUB, and AUDIO IN.



    Thank you!
     
  4. Gav2k macrumors G3

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    Just get the dvi cable listed above and a male to male dvi cable in the length you require. If you want audio then a 3.5mm to 3.5mm audio cable too
     
  5. legsilver thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Thanks, the "dvi cable listed above" would be the first hyperlink you provided?
     
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    Second
     
  7. JohnDS macrumors 65816

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    Did the monitor not come with a VGA cable? The specs say it did.
     
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    That Viewsonic model is about 10 years old. Likely the OP found it somewhere, cheap or free - cables missing.
     
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  11. legsilver thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Well, both ends of the cable that came with my monitor have 24 pins, and one horizontal pin. I don't see how either end will fit with that Cable that DeltaMac suggested. I assumed that one end of the VGA cable I just mentioned would go into the monitor, and the other end of the VGA cable would go into the female end of this cable (http://www.apple.com/ca/shop/product/MB570LL/B/mini-displayport-to-dvi-adapter), while the smaller end of that cable in the hyperlink I just provided would into one of my macbook pro's ports.
     
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    Your display, when new, came with a VGA cable.
    I incorrectly assumed that is the cable that you mentioned in your post #9.

    The cable that you describe in post #11 (which usually has 14 or 15 pins), if that is what you have, is certainly a DVI cable. It is NOT a VGA cable, and is the correct cable to use with your display, and your adapter.
     
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    OP:

    If you can get connected via VGA easily, it's perfectly acceptable to use it.

    Worry about "a digital connection" later.

    Use what you have, that works now.
     
  15. legsilver thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Thank you all for your helpful replies! The Victsing connector came in the mail today, and it hooks up right, but the monitor, when I turn it on, says "no signal"......I couldn't really find anything helpful in "preferences," at least nothing about adding a new, detected monitor.....
     
  16. DeltaMac macrumors 604

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    Your old display may not auto-select the video connection that you would use.
    Are there on-screen settings on the display itself? Assuming that you did get the DVI adapter, make sure that the display input has DVI selected, and not VGA.
    If you still get "no signal", maybe the adapter that you got is no good. Apparently you decided to get a cheap off-shore part, rather than the Apple part that you mentioned earlier.
     

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