Solved external HP monitor to macbook says check video cable

September 19, 2013 at 16:51:53
Specs: Macintosh 10.6.1
using mini dvi to vga apple cable, tried 2 diff monitors...still same problem! Say's "check video cable"....tried 2 new cables!

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September 22, 2013 at 08:48:37
I understand that Apple makes different cables for different models. Make sure you have the right cable for your model laptop. Just because it says mini dvi to vga doesn't mean you have the correct cable. When you have the right cable connected, it should display immediately. Good Luck.


#1
September 20, 2013 at 11:26:06
What model Mac do you have and what operating system.

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#2
September 22, 2013 at 03:25:41
Because the video signal from your macbook is digital (DVI), any monitor you connect to it must also support DVI input. The VGA port on your HP monitor cannot handle a DVI signal, hence the error message.

You need to use a monitor which has a DVI input, then you can connect it to your macbook with a cable which has mini DVI connector at one end, and a regular DVI connector at the other end for the monitor.


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#3
September 22, 2013 at 07:29:19
You could have a point suggesting to check my HP monitor {even tho it is fairly new...it should be digital} however,I don't think Apple would put out a dvi to vga cable if it were not intended to work. You may have something regarding the monitor tho...I'll check.Thanks....

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#4
September 22, 2013 at 07:33:53
Sorry Grasshopper....using a macbook 10.6.1 Leopard laptop.

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September 22, 2013 at 08:48:37
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I understand that Apple makes different cables for different models. Make sure you have the right cable for your model laptop. Just because it says mini dvi to vga doesn't mean you have the correct cable. When you have the right cable connected, it should display immediately. Good Luck.

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#6
September 24, 2013 at 08:55:10
Thanks, will do. I bought this cable at Best Buy and it was the only one they had. Hope they have more selection when I go. Thanks Grasshopper!

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