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Projector Mac compatibility - VGA / HD15 to Macbook display output

Posted on 2010-11-30
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I'm hoping this is going to be straight forward. A clients office has a boardroom with a projector mounted in the ceiling( An Epson EB-410W).

Coming out of the desk is a HD15 / VGA cable that users can connect their laptops to o share the display.
However, Mac users come stuck because they do not have a VGA out port (via the desk this cable routes round the room to the projector and it is all built in).

What is the way around this? Surely just a simple adaptor but I could not easily find one.
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A simple adapter will work. There are different ports used on Macbooks depending on the model and when it was manufactured. Find the specs for your model and see what the display port is and get an adapter for that port to vga.
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You'll need a mini display port to vga adapter
 (store.apple.com/uk/product/MB572Z/A?fnode=MTY1NDA5OQ&mco=MTA4MzU1NDg)
For a unibody macbook ( where you can't take the battery out the back),
 or a mini dvi to vga (http://store.apple.com/uk/product/M9320G/A?fnode=MTY1NDA5OQ&mco=MTA4MzU1MzA) for a non unibody (where the battery can be taken out of the back )
Hope this helps.
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Also dvi to vga and micro dvi to vga for older Macbooks/ibooks. You can find all four here:
http://store.apple.com/us/browse/home/shop_mac/mac_accessories/displays?mco=MTM3NzE1OTg
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OK thanks. Not checked the links yet but it is not for a specific model. We need the board room prepared so matter whatever someone brings we have the capability to display it so we will need every cable that allows us to handle any situation.

Thanks
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Epson makes some pretty stellar cross platform projectors that actually have wireless setup.

http://www.epson.com/cgi-bin/Store/jsp/ProductCategory.do?BV_UseBVCookie=yes&oid=-15942&sortid=1&sortOrder=1&page=all

I have a customer that uses theirs with Macs and PC's
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Looking at this I'm in the UK
http://store.apple.com/uk/product/MB572Z/A?fnode=MTY1NDA3Ng&mco=MTA4NDU0NjA

there are som very poor reviews and some that state, does not work with projectors.

Any comments on this? Should I buy an alternative that is not apple?
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Yes buy an alternative. I have had better luck with off brand adapters than I have with the Apple adapters.
Here is a link to an online source I have used. These "generic" adapters do seem to work better and are a little less expensive.
http://www.cpustuff.com/adapters/
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I reccomend apples adapters. We have 100 plus of them at work for the apple laptops they work with anything you can plug a vga lead into and rarely fail.
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by:afflik1923
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OK in the end going for the Apple range of adaptors.
Just safer when supplying to a client. Can't get in trouble for buying the official version.
Cheers
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