How to Connect a MacBook to a VGA Projector

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How to Connect a MacBook to a VGA Projector
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With the right adaptor, a MacBook computer can easily be connected to various types of VGA devices, such as a projector. Older MacBooks (those manufactured from 2006 to late 2008), have a Mini DVI port and require a Mini DVI to VGA adaptor in order to connect to a VGA projector. Users with newer MacBooks will need a Mini DisplayPort to VGA adaptor, as the newer MacBook lines have Mini DisplayPorts.

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Things you need

  • Mini DVI to VGA adaptor (dependeing on MacBook model)
  • Mini DisplayPort to VGA adaptor (depending on MacBook model)

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Locate your projector's VGA port on the back or side of the device. Insert the projector's VGA cable into the VGA port. Turn the knobs of the connector clockwise so they securely fasten to the port.

  2. 2

    Plug the other end of the VGA cable into the VGA end of the Mini DisplayPort adaptor or the Mini DVI adaptor. Turn the knobs of the connector clockwise so they securely fasten to the adaptor.

  3. 3

    Insert the other end of the adaptor into the Mini DisplayPort or the Mini DVI port of the MacBook.

  4. 4

    Connect the projector to its power source and turn it on. The MacBook will automatically detect the projector.

Tips and warnings

  • A MacBook will recognise the projector as an external display and work with it as a dual monitor. To change this setting, and other display preferences, navigate to the MacBook's System Preferences and click on "Displays" under the hardware section.
  • A Mini DisplayPort to VGA adaptor retails for £18 at Apple.com as of July 2010. It also is available at computer equipment retailers.
  • A Mini DVI to VGA adaptor retails for £12 at Apple.com as of July 2010. It also is available at computer equipment retailers.

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