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Correct adapter to use old VGA Monitor with new mini?

 
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PostPosted: Mon Feb 22, 2010 1:38 pm    Post subject: Correct adapter to use old VGA Monitor with new mini? Reply with quote

(Sorry if this has been asked before but when I check old posts I seem to get conflicting information.)

I have an old Dell CRT with a VGA style (with thumb screws) cable. I want to use the Dell with the current Mac Mini (which came out in 2009) so I need to purchase an adapter. There seem to be two types of Apple adapters selling on Amazon.com right now:

http://www.amazon.com/Apple-Mini-DisplayPort-Adapter-MB572Z/dp/B001IF252M/ref=pd_cp_e_1

http://www.amazon.com/Mini-DVI-Female-Monitor-Cable-Adapter/dp/B001G8A8AM/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&s=electronics&qid=1266863447&sr=8-2

I am assuming that the first one (the mb572z) is correct. Am I right?

Any help is greatly appreciated.

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PostPosted: Mon Feb 22, 2010 1:53 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'm using the latter as it cost less. But it seems to work fine.

I have sometimes have an issue with the screen colours after the mini has been asleep - but a click on 'Detect Display' from the Hardware, Displays from System Preferences (that I keep in the toolbar) and it fixes it. I have no idea if this is cable related though.
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PostPosted: Mon Feb 22, 2010 2:12 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Do you have the 2009 mini? Thanks!
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PostPosted: Mon Feb 22, 2010 2:15 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

DanMM wrote:
Do you have the 2009 mini? Thanks!

Aye, I have a new, albeit refurbished, 2.53.
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PostPosted: Mon Feb 22, 2010 2:18 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

You are one of the lucky few! Never seem to be any refurbished units when I check. Maybe I should wait a little longer. Was going to order the lower end model from Amazon this afternoon.
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PostPosted: Mon Feb 22, 2010 2:22 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

DanMM wrote:
You are one of the lucky few! Never seem to be any refurbished units when I check. Maybe I should wait a little longer. Was going to order the lower end model from Amazon this afternoon.

Indeed. I missed a 2.66 by minuets and we've had a couple of servers up there recently but there was a 2.26 and 'my' 2.53 one morning a couple of weeks ago - I snapped it up before anyone else was awake!

Not been any on the UK site since....! Shocked
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PostPosted: Mon Feb 22, 2010 3:36 pm    Post subject: Re: Correct adapter to use old VGA Monitor with new mini? Reply with quote

DanMM wrote:
(Sorry if this has been asked before but when I check old posts I seem to get conflicting information.)

I have an old Dell CRT with a VGA style (with thumb screws) cable. I want to use the Dell with the current Mac Mini (which came out in 2009) so I need to purchase an adapter. There seem to be two types of Apple adapters selling on Amazon.com right now:

http://www.amazon.com/Apple-Mini-DisplayPort-Adapter-MB572Z/dp/B001IF252M/ref=pd_cp_e_1

http://www.amazon.com/Mini-DVI-Female-Monitor-Cable-Adapter/dp/B001G8A8AM/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&s=electronics&qid=1266863447&sr=8-2

I am assuming that the first one (the mb572z) is correct. Am I right?

Any help is greatly appreciated.

Dan


The first URL shows an Apple Branded Mini Display Port to VGA Adapter. This will work with you CRT, but keep in mind that the MiniDisplayPort is 100% digital. It lacks the RGB and Sync signals of the standard VGA. So the adapter needs to have some sort of electronics to change the digital information into Analogue VGA signals.
This is the reason why one costs 30 bucks, and the other just 4.

The second one, is a MiniDVI to VGA adapter (Apple Brand is more expensive, and ultimately the same as any cheap Chinese adapter). I have an original Apple Branded of this, and I have a cheaper Chinese copy. Both work ok.
This is just a cable, since the MiniDVI port has the RGB and Sync signals of the VGA.

I do not know why apple is not selling Minis with the MiniDVI to DVI-I cable. The pins are already there, and anyone can use a cheap DVI-I to Vga adapter.

If I were you, I would go for the Cheaper MiniDVI 2 VGA cable I could find.
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 23, 2010 10:24 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I have used both Mac Mini port adapter cables to both VGA and DVI and can't see a difference in either one. Both ports seem to provide the same performance on LCD displays.
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