VGA Plug Problem

Discussion in 'Mac Accessories' started by pcgeek12345, Dec 26, 2011.

  1. pcgeek12345 macrumors regular

    Oct 9, 2011
    New Jersey
    I have run into a problem. I received a Mini Display port to VGA Adapter to hook up an external monitor to an early 2011 MBP. I had this monitor hooked up to a docking station for my old PC previously, but when I went to unscrew the VGA cable from my docking station, the screws came with the plug and I can't put it into the adapter.

    I have tried screwing it back into the docking station and carefully unscrewing it, but the screws come with it every time. See the attached images.

    Any idea how to fix this? Thanks.

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  2. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere


    May 16, 2008
    The port displayed in the 2nd picture is not a VGA port. It's a DVI port.
  3. simsaladimbamba

    Nov 28, 2010
  4. blueroom macrumors 603


    Feb 15, 2009
    Toronto, Canada
    If your old monitor has only a VGA port it's time to consider a new monitor.
  5. AdrianK macrumors 68020

    Feb 19, 2011
    Get some pliers and clamp the exposed screw, then insert a screwdriver in the rivet on the VGA plug and unscrew it.
  6. pcgeek12345, Dec 26, 2011
    Last edited by a moderator: Dec 26, 2011

    pcgeek12345 thread starter macrumors regular

    Oct 9, 2011
    New Jersey
    I took a picture of the DVI port so you could see the screws, sorry. Should've said that in the post.

    It has VGA and DVI, I just had a VGA cable handy so I didn't have to go out and buy a DVI cable.
  7. NogbadTheBad, Dec 26, 2011
    Last edited: Dec 26, 2011

    NogbadTheBad macrumors regular


    Aug 28, 2009
    United Kingdom
    Purchase some Loctite Screwlock.

    Apply some screwlock to the threads on the screws, do them up ( not too tight ) using the needle nose pliers or if you can get them nut spinners and leave the screwlock to go off.

    Don't use anything to tighten up the screws on the cable to the bits that came out, finger tight will be fine.

    By "docking station", does this imply that your using a PC and a Mac on the same monitor, if you are I'd get a mini display port to DVI convertor, then just flip the inputs via the monitor buttons rather than keep moving the cable from one device to the other.

    If your going to dump the PC I'd get a mini display port to DVI convertor anyhow the picture will be better quality.

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