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I have read that these "active adaptors" run off the power provided by the HDMI port, and that Apple's HDMI port does not provide enough power for them to run.


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OK, I know you guys down voted paolap, however, for whatever reason, that worked for me. When I connect by 1440 x 900 monitor to my macbook pro, it tends to default to a 800 x 600 resolution, and I am not able to change it (or at least change it to what I wanted, even with the use of the alt key). It seems that somehow the order and timing of how things ...


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There is nothing wrong with your monitors, neither your Mac. That's a compatibility issue with your adapter. There are many comments on Amazon complaining about the same issue on similar converters. That seems, unfortunately, a hardware fault. Example: http://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/cr/B00NH13I08/ref=mw_dp_cr


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The MacBook Pro's HDMI port has a DVI-D implementation. This means it has no analog signal, which is what VGA relies on to connect. More information here: apple support forums . Apple supplies an HDMI to DVI adapter, which could solve your problem if your monitor has a DVI port. If not, then I would suggest getting a Thunderbolt (Mini DisplayPort) to VGA ...



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