Mini display port

Discussion in 'iMac' started by Starsky72, Sep 17, 2012.

  1. Starsky72 macrumors newbie

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    Hi

    I have just bought a 2011 21.5 iMac upgrading from a broken 2006 model..

    I was running an external monitor on the 2006 model via a minidisplay port to VGA cable, however the 2011 model has dropped the minidisplay port in favour of a Thunderbolt port.

    Is there a minidisplay port to thunderbolt adapter or will it mean a new cable??

    Cheers

    Stuart
     
  2. simsaladimbamba

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    A 2006 iMac used the Mini DVI port, the 2011 iMac uses a Thunderbolt port, and Thunderbolt is ompatible with a Mini DisplayPort to VGA adapter but not compatible with a Mini DVI to VGA adapter, as Mini DisplayPort is not compatible with Mini DVI, since they both are different connections.

     
  3. joesegh macrumors regular

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    Mini DisplayPort adapters should slot right in to your Thunderbolt port. I use a MDP-to-HDMI adapter on my TB-equipped Air and it works perfectly.
     
  4. Starsky72 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    aaaah yes, I have a Mini DVI to DVI lead then, and its the DVI socket that isn't present on the latest iMac :(

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    so... is there a Thunderbolt to Mini DVI socket type adapter or am I best getting a Thunderbolt to DVI lead?

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    I assume something like THIS is what I need??

    Thanks

    Stuart
     
  5. simsaladimbamba

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    If your external monitor has a DVI input in addition to the VGA input, then yes, that adapter should work.

     

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