Connectors & Adapters

All College of Engineering classrooms provide the ability for instructors to display their laptop or other device by connecting via the HDMI or VGA cables provided in the room. The chart below can be used to identify other connection plugs and ports a device may have, and the appropriate adapters required to connect.

 

 
Type Laptop/Device Port Adapter Name Example Adapter
Audio
(3.5mm stereo)
(No adapter required)  
HDMI
(No adapter required)  
VGA
(No adapter required)  
Mini-DisplayPort

Mini-DisplayPort to VGA

DisplayPort

DisplayPort to VGA

Micro-DVI

Micro-DVI to VGA
Mini-DVI
Mini-DVI to VGA

DVI
(DVI-I)

DVI to VGA
DVI-D
DVI-D to VGA converter + scaler
(more expensive; will work with all computers)
Apple Dock Connector (iPhone/iPad/iPod)

Apple Dock Connector to VGA
(does not work with all apps)

Note: Not all cables that connect a laptop or other device to the VGA cable will properly transmit a video signal. Make sure you are using the correct adapter, and that it supports the output of a VGA video signal with your hardware and applications. For example, VGA adapters for mobile devices (iPhone/iPad/iPod) like the Apple Dock Connector will only transmit video signals for the applications that support it.