miniDVI > DVI > VGA > Monitor?

Discussion in 'Mac Accessories' started by Ruahrc, Aug 19, 2009.

  1. Ruahrc macrumors 65816

    Jun 9, 2009
    I got an older LCD monitor for free from my friend. I wanted to hook it up as a second display on this iMac. The LCD monitor only has the VGA connection for input, however included with it was a DVI>VGA converter so one could hook it up via DVI (but get analog only signal obviously)

    My iMac is a previous generation one with the miniDVI port. My thinking was, if I purchased the miniDVI>DVI adapter I could hook up the external LCD via the DVI>VGA adapter I got with it. The logic here was that the miniDVI>DVI adapter would be more useful than paying $30 for the miniDVI>VGA adapter which likely could not be used on future monitors I would ever hook up. The miniDVI>DVI adapter, however, I could likely use with other monitors in the future, thus saving a re-buy of an adapter.

    Would this work? Or does the miniDVI>DVI adapter not support DVI>VGA adapters?

  2. rowsdower macrumors 6502

    Jun 2, 2009
    From Wikipedia:

    So no, this probably will not work.
  3. pdjudd macrumors 601

    Jun 19, 2007
    Plymouth, MN
  4. xraydoc macrumors demi-god


    Oct 9, 2005
    This is correct. Will not work. You'll need the specific miniDVI-to-VGA adapter.
  5. Ruahrc thread starter macrumors 65816

    Jun 9, 2009
    Too bad, as I feared.

    Guess I have to buy that miniDVI>VGA adapter

    Thanks for the info

  6. ftaok macrumors 603


    Jan 23, 2002
    East Coast

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