MacBook Multiport Adaptor - HDMI/VGA

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  1. xmacsurferx macrumors newbie

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    I've been in a dilemma trying to decide whether to get the HDMI or VGA adapter. Most of the conference room projectors at work utilize VGA but I really want to have HDMI so I can connect to TVs and newer monitors.

    Has anyone tried using an HDMI to VGA adaptor attached to the Apple Multiport HDMI adaptor? If that would work, it would be MUCH better (cost-wise) than having to purchase both adaptors. Also, if you have used one successfully, please do share which HDMI to VGA adaptor you've used.
     
  2. christophermdia macrumors 6502a

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    I just bought both connectors ... When I travel for work, it's a toss up whether a projector is going to have VGA or HDMI, and when I travel for personal/Vacation, it's always HDMI ... Unfortunately there is not a good solution for both all in one.
     
  3. crucius macrumors regular

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    I think it makes no sense to have both. I ordered the HDMI version and if I ever need to use a VGA out I can only buy a cheap adapter that will most likely work flawlessly.
     
  4. boltjames macrumors 68030

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    [​IMG] [​IMG]

    I'll be able to answer this question for your tomorrow when my rMB arrives. I have an HDMI to VGA adapter (from my Sony notebook) and have the new Apple USB-C HDMI adapter and will put this combo through its paces shortly.

    BJ
     
  5. Dayv macrumors 6502

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    I'd be shocked if it doesn't.
     
  6. cfedu, May 20, 2015
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    cfedu macrumors 65816

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    I don't think it will work. I'm not 100% sure but I think you will need an active adapter. Some video cards support HDMI to VGA with a passive adapter like the one in your link, I have a feeling that the MB is not one of them.

    http://www.ebay.com/itm/1080P-HDMI-...d=100010&rk=2&rkt=14&mehot=pp&sd=141014042359
     
  7. crucius macrumors regular

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    Because the thing is: my current monitors have DVI and VGA in. Most projectors have VGA in. Most TVs have HDMI in, and arguably HDMI is the way to go for the future, specially because I want to buy a new monitor that has HDMI in (and DVI, but not VGA). Thus, since I am going to spend 89 Euro on an adapter, I would prefer to buy one that will serve me for always. But if I buy the HDMI one, I probably won't be able to make my presentations using it. But I won't go buying a VGA one and being stuck with it.
     
  8. boltjames macrumors 68030

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    I can confirm that you are correct unfortunately. Just got my rMB last night and tried it with a projector and HDTV screen today, no go.

    Using the $79 HDMI + USB Adapter my passive Sony HDMI to VGA adapter did not work in Windows (Bootcamp) or OSX.

    That said, I don't want to spend another $79 on the VGA Adapter; does anyone know if a USB to VGA adapter would work or if there is another solution?

    BJ
     

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