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Can I use a mini-display to DVI cable on my 2012 MBP to connect to an external monitor?

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I just got a new 2012 MBP with thunderbolt. I have an external monitor with a DVI input. Can I use a mini display to DVI cable to connect to the monitor or do I have to get a thunderbolt to DVI cable?

 

 

post #2 of 6

Same thing, really. Thunderbolt is physically compatible with Mini DisplayPort for a reason. Here's what you're after.

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Thanks Tallest Skil.

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Generally I would recommend a single cable solution when it's available. I've used those adapters before. I have a mini displayport to displayport cable around that provides a better connection than I ever got from adapters. I found a dvi equivalent on monoprice, but reviews are mixed. They've provided a lot of decent stuff in the past. Some people complained about the fit on this one.

 

It looks like the Apple adapter has mixed reviews too. In that case I would probably try the monoprice one first. Also make sure you do not use the $50 thunderbolt cable. The port may be backwards compatible with mini displayport. The cables are not.

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Generally I would recommend a single cable solution when it's available. I've used those adapters before. I have a mini displayport to displayport cable around that provides a better connection than I ever got from adapters. I found a dvi equivalent on monoprice, but reviews are mixed. They've provided a lot of decent stuff in the past. Some people complained about the fit on this one.

 

It looks like the Apple adapter has mixed reviews too. In that case I would probably try the monoprice one first. Also make sure you do not use the $50 thunderbolt cable. The port may be backwards compatible with mini displayport. The cables are not.

 

Thanks. That looks like the one I had already found on mono price. Given the price of it, I'm going to order it.

post #6 of 6

I actually found it hard to differentiate them at first. They can be used interchangeably. I’m actually using the thunderbolt port to connect to a Mini Displayport cable or adapter. 

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