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I was reading about what is happening to me now with a Mac mini and many people report it, what I understood is that from HDMI to VGA, it does not send a signal since it is analog and it does not work.

My question is could I go from HDMI to DVI, then from DVI to VGA; would it work?

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It should be noted that my first port which is the mini DisplayPort I am already occupying it; this would be for my second screen.

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  • Have an HDMI to VGA adapter that worked fine to drive beamers... worked on two macs fine – Solar Mike Nov 7 '20 at 20:08
  • But this is mac mini, it is 2012, I forgot to comment and I saw many people that even with mac mini from 2014 it did not work either – Emocrat3 Nov 7 '20 at 20:11
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    (IMO) HDMI is a horrible connection format. If you're converting from HDMI to anything, always get an active adapter – Allan Nov 7 '20 at 20:24
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I understood is that from HDMI to VGA, it does not send a signal since it is analog and it does not work.

No. HDMI sends a signal, but as you've already noted, one is digital and the other is analog. The signal is there, but it may not be sufficient enough to be detected.

My question is could I go from HDMI to DVI, then from DVI to VGA; would it work?

No, I don't advise this at all (note: it may "work," but it won't be reliable). A general rule is more conversions = more points of failure. You are better off making a single conversion: HDMI → VGA. Less complexity = better reliability.

Your best bet is to get an active HDMI to VGA adapter.

The key to getting a reliable signal is using an active adapter. (The above link described a similar question regarding a Mac mini as well). The difference between an active and a passive adapter is that the former recreates the actual signal whereas the latter only "reorganizes" the pins outs.

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