Mini DisplayPort to VGA and Dell 2407WFP

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  1. thekid macrumors newbie

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    I was wondering if the Mini DisplayPort to VGA was worth buying since I read many bad reviews in the product page especially compatibility issue.

    http://store.apple.com/us/product/MB572?mco=MTkzODk0Nw

    I own a Dell 2407WFP. Has anyone bought it and does it work fine?
    Or, should I just wait for an after market dongle (if someone decided to make one)?

    Thanks.
     
  2. rdowty macrumors 6502a

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  3. neiltc13 macrumors 68040

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    The Dell monitor has DVI, why not use that?
     
  4. MacUser2525 macrumors 68000

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    Not really an answer to the question but if your going to use an adapter I would get the DVI one so you can get the most from your monitor.
     
  5. thekid thread starter macrumors newbie

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    The monitor does have DVI, but I've used it for my PC.
    Besides, I've seen more projectors with VGA input only, or maybe I just live surrounded by them.

    I don't think it's wise to buy both dongles either.

    Is there a place that sells this cheap and I can refund easily if I have a compatibility issue?
     
  6. waw74 macrumors 68030

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    currently it seems apple has made their own "standard" with the mini display port. While display port is a standard, the mini is an apple creation that is only a month old.
    so finding a 3rd party adapter at this time is highly unlikely.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mini_DisplayPort
     
  7. The Samurai macrumors 68000

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    I've got the Dell S2409W and use the Mini-Display port to DVI. Works a treat. Even although I got a VGA cable with the monitor alongside the DVI cable, I chose to go with DVI seen as it provides a higher quality (apparently).

    But I understand where your coming from. If your going to be doing presentations at various venues, chances are that they will have projectors with VGA connectors.
     
  8. MacUser2525 macrumors 68000

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    So you buy the mini to DVI then use the DVI to VGA adapter for that purpose, you can probably find almost any friend using a PC who has a half dozen of them laying around doing nothing...
     
  9. nanofrog macrumors G4

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    Use a KVM switch. They make DVI, VGA, and versions that have both.

    Likely cheapest way would be to use this one. It has both, but you need to buy a 5V 1A power adapter, which isn't expensive ($6.00USD). You could likely find something that would work locally. ;)

    BTW, make sure of the type of DVI connection (DVI-I or DVI-A)
     
  10. thekid thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Wah, this actually gets interesting.

    Apparently, the Mini DP to DVI adapter that Apple sells is a DVI-D connector.
    I just checked my video card box and found a DVI to VGA adapter, but a DVI-A to be exact.

    Unfortunately, I don't know anyone who has any spare DVI -> VGA adapter, like I don't know anyone who has spare RAM sticks although I've seen somebody had like 20+ RAM sticks in his bag :p

    @nanofrog: the device is cool, but it's almost impossible to bring that thing everywhere I go :p

    Thanks for all suggestions though.
     
  11. hmai18 macrumors 6502

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    If you look around, I think the conclusion is that you cannot get a MiniDP to DVI dongle from Apple and then use a DVI>VGA adapter since your source is outputting a digital signal and the DVI dongle doesn't include the pins necessary to convert to an analog signal.
     
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  13. MacUser2525 macrumors 68000

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    Either that or they figure that anyone using analog will just have to use the VGA connector if they have it on their monitor.
     
  14. MacUser2525 macrumors 68000

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  15. jonbravo77 macrumors 6502a

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    You can use a DVI-A adapter with the MDP->DVI-D. you will just get the analog signal and not the digital.
     
  16. jjahshik32 macrumors 603

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    i have one and it works just fine when I used to use it with the 23" ACD.
     
  17. Beric macrumors 68020

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    Bought my Mini DVI to DVI adaptor from Monoprice for my 24" BenQ G2400WD. Works great and costs half Apple's price.
     

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