So I buy a Mini DisplayPort to DVI adapter..

Discussion in 'Mac Accessories' started by kolax, Dec 17, 2008.

  1. kolax macrumors G3

    Mar 20, 2007
    And realised Apple hasn't cut in the 4 holes (C1 to C4).


    No big deal for actual DVI monitors because the C1 to C4 parts are for analogue video. However, this is a big deal for me, because it means I can't use my existing DVI to VGA adapter.

    Why didn't I just buy a Mini DisplayPort to VGA adapter you say? Well, I need a DVI one for one external display, and VGA for another. I already own a DVI to VGA adapter, so why spend £40 on bloody adapters?

    I'm raging about this...sole reason is so Apple can make even more money on people having to buy the VGA adapter as well.

    Unless I'm mistaken about this and if I drilled holes where the C1 to C4 bits would be (just so the adapter actually connects) it would work? Or are the C1 to C4 analogue bits required for the DVI to VGA converter?
  2. wrldwzrd89 macrumors G5


    Jun 6, 2003
    Solon, OH
    There's one more problem with your idea, besides the connectors not physically connecting - that's the fact that it isn't possible, with just adapter cables, to convert a pure digital signal like DVI-D or DisplayPort to the analog format VGA expects. I ran into this issue at work, trying to get a coworker set up with two monitors.
  3. mknawabi macrumors 6502


    Feb 5, 2006
    Irvine, CA
    its purely digital, DVI-D, not DVI-I, which is what you are looking for.
  4. kolax thread starter macrumors G3

    Mar 20, 2007
    Yeah, I understand that.

    It is just annoying that is what Apple chose - to force people to have to buy the VGA adapter as well. That is what I'm ranting about.
  5. jackiecanev2 macrumors 65816


    Jul 6, 2007
    Thats a bummer. I was planning on using my dvi-vga adapter as well. Oh well. Looks like I'll be shelling out another $29 instead....

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