Is the mini-DVI Apple only?

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  1. Zygon Gambit macrumors regular

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    I'm fairly new to external displays: is the mini-DVI connector a proprietary Apple connector? I can't seem to find a DVI cable that connects to it except in the Apple shop.
     
  2. Eidorian macrumors Penryn

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    I've seen a few third party adapters. Mini-DVI itself isn't some sort of proprietary Apple connector. Apple just seems to use it unlike other vendors. I've seen Sony laptops with Mini-VGA.
     
  3. xraydoc macrumors demi-god

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    Best Buy in the US carries a third-party non-Apple mini-DVI to VGA adapter which looks nearly identical to the Apple version. But I don't know off hand of any other notebook manufacturers who use the connector but Apple. But since its just a $19 adapter, does it really matter? I have several of them I keep in strategic locations (one at home, one at work in my desk drawer, one in my laptop bag and one in my car's glovebox... just in case I forget to take one with me when I go to give a lecture, I've always got a spare).
     
  4. bjett92 macrumors 6502a

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    I think apple is one of the only companies to use them because they love to have as few ports as possible. And by using the mini-dvi port, they can provide adaptors to transform it to other ports, such as s-video, composite video, and VGA.
     
  5. nutmac macrumors 68040

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    I wish mini-DVI was more widely supported. I would love to see mini-DVI to HDMI cable, for instance, instead of being forced to go with mini-DVI-to-DVI and DVI-to-HDMI cables combo. Come to think of it, I wish Apple would just switch over to HDMI (there's mini HDMI connector as well).
     
  6. Zygon Gambit thread starter macrumors regular

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  7. tuc macrumors 6502

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    Are you sure Sony's mini-DVI is the same as Apple's? To the best of my knowledge mini-DVI (and micro-DVI) is an Apple-only thing.

    If you are aware of a third-party adapter besides the Dynex one, I'd like to see it. Dynex's appears to be DVI-I, but is actually DVI-D just like Apple's.

    Something else that is weird is that the DVI-A part of Apple's mini-DVI port is not supported in Boot Camp (not in 1.1 beta, at least). What's the deal with that?
     
  8. UltraNEO* macrumors 601

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    Don't worry about the beta, leopard is using Boot-Camp 2... perhaps at the time drivers weren't written for external video support, who knows? :rolleyes:
     

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