Connectors & Adapters

Check the chart below to identify the various connection plugs, ports and the appropriate adapters required to connect to the VGA or HDMI cable supplied in College of Engineering classrooms.

 

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

Mini-DisplayPort to VGA

DisplayPort

DisplayPort to VGA

HDMI

HDMI to VGA converter
(more expensive; only works with some computers)

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)

 

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 the adapter supports the output of a VGA video signal with your hardware and applications.  HDMI is generally not supported due to HDCP (content protection) issues, although converters will work for many computers.  VGA adapters for Apple mobile devices (iPhone/iPad/iPod) will only transmit video signals for supported applications.