Macbook to external screen - Mini DVI -> DVI-D -> VGA

Discussion in 'MacBook' started by zebs, Dec 31, 2010.

  1. zebs macrumors newbie

    Dec 31, 2010
    Hi people,

    First post so please be gentle!

    I have bought an old Macbook mainly to try some iPhone development.
    However I love OS X and have used the Macbook quite a lot for other things, including watching DVDs. I would therefore like to show the picture on an external screen.

    I have a "Mini DVI to DVI-D" cable and bought a "DVI-D to VGA" adaptor.
    But this doesnt seem to work with my Samsung VGA LCD PC Screen - the picture is always blank.

    I just found a note on Wikipedia stating that the analog signal isn't carried by the mini DVI cable that I have.
    Do I need another cable?
    I take it the external screen can be used at the same time as the internal screen? I don't want or need an external keyboard/mouse.



    Model Name: MacBook
    Model Identifier: MacBook3,1
    Processor Name: Intel Core 2 Duo
    Processor Speed: 2.2 GHz
    Number Of Processors: 1
    Total Number Of Cores: 2
    L2 Cache: 4 MB
    Memory: 4 GB
    Bus Speed: 800 MHz
    Boot ROM Version: MB31.008E.B02
    SMC Version (system): 1.24f2
  2. Hellhammer Moderator


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    Dec 10, 2008
  3. zebs thread starter macrumors newbie

    Dec 31, 2010
    OK, thanks, now I understand.
    Not had much to do with DVI stuff before.
    Assumed as the cable would fit it would work - :eek:.

    Thanks for the quick reply.

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