Apple Cinema Display - VGA Input Possible?

in Current Mac Hardware edited January 2014
Is it possible to input a VGA signal to an Apple Cinema Display? I'm thinking about getting a 20" version, but I've just noticed that my wife's Dell laptop only has VGA out, not DVI .

Thanks .


  • Reply 1 of 6
    drumsticksdrumsticks Posts: 315member
    No, VGA is an analog signal. Cinema Displays require a digital DVI signal... You can buy a box to do the analog to digital conversion, but the quality is not going to be good and the converter is quite expensive anyway. And no, the converter is not just a simple pin converter.
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    gongon Posts: 2,437member
    Every other display, however, has a VGA in along with the DVI.

    Including the 24" one that my iBook is powering now.
  • Reply 3 of 6
    Bugger .

    Guess I'll have to look at non-Apple screens if my wife wants to use her Dell. At least they are cheaper .

    Thanks .
  • Reply 4 of 6
    mikefmikef Posts: 697member
    There is also this...

    But I would think you'd really *badly* want to have an Apple Display to justify a $300 adapter from VGA to DVI.
  • Reply 5 of 6
    Don't Apple displays come with a VGA -> DVI adaptor?

    Either that or my G5 did :P
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    mynameismynameis Posts: 74member

    Originally posted by gregmightdothat

    Don't Apple displays come with a VGA -> DVI adaptor?

    Either that or my G5 did :P

    Your G5 came with an adapter that converts the output from DVI to VGA on your tower, changing the input on a monitor from DVI to VGA is much more difficult.
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