How do you connect MBA to via monitor?

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  1. butters149 macrumors 6502

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    Hi,

    I have a 2011 macbook air 11 inch and would like to know how to connect it to an external monitor with VGA output? It is a HP Compaq LA1951g model.

    Thanks!
     
  2. weinschela macrumors regular

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    You'll need a mini displayport to VGA adapter.
     
  3. deeddawg macrumors 604

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    butters149: is there a reason you want to use VGA instead of DVI? VGA connector will work, but for the same money I'd go with the DVI adapter.

    The Thunderbolt port on 2011 MBA's support miniDisplayPort adapters. I use a mDP to HDMI with my MBA13 to drive a 24" Samsung monitor at 1080p.
     
  4. butters149 thread starter macrumors 6502

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    because i think the plug on the monitor is only vga? I'm new to this stuff. its just a cheap monitor at work, i might be more productive if i have more screen space, i tried using my iPad as a 2nd monitor but it was kind of small and laggy.
     
  5. jsolares macrumors 6502a

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    that monitor should have both VGA and DVI connectors, but you might need the dvi cable as well, it seems it's only 1280x1024 not that much more pixel realstate over the 11"
     
  6. butters149 thread starter macrumors 6502

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    you're right it does, but they only have the via extension cable, no dvi cables.
     
  7. jsolares macrumors 6502a

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    It's VGA, you could get the mini display port to dvi and dvi cable for less than the mini display port to vga :

    http://www.monoprice.com/products/p...=10428&cs_id=1042802&p_id=5106&seq=1&format=2
    http://www.monoprice.com/products/p...=10209&cs_id=1020902&p_id=2407&seq=1&format=2

    or indeed go with the vga http://www.monoprice.com/products/p...=10428&cs_id=1042802&p_id=5107&seq=1&format=2

    and theres also this if you want to connect it to more recent displays or even a tv
    http://www.monoprice.com/products/p...d=1042802&p_id=8119&seq=1&format=1#largeimage
     
  8. butters149 thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Are these options better than the apple ones?
     
  9. jsolares macrumors 6502a

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    Just cheaper, the apple ones are 29$
     
  10. butters149 thread starter macrumors 6502

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    And monoprice has good quality stuff. I've had a monoprice MiniDP->DVI adapter hanging out the back of my mini for the last year now, with a monoprice DVI cable going from it to the monitor, and it has yet to give me a single issue.
     
  12. Bob Coxner macrumors 6502a

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    I just got a Monoprice VGA adapter today. I used it to connect my 2011 MBA to an HP w2207 monitor and it works great.

    I went with VGA because I share the monitor with a Windows PC. I use the DVI connection to the PC. I didn't want the hassle of moving the DVI back and forth. This way I can simply turn off the PC and connect the MBA via VGA and away I go.
     
  13. xraydoc macrumors demi-god

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    Monoprice rocks. Always check there first before buying anything cable-wise.
     

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