6 Replies Latest reply: May 14, 2013 10:36 AM by dwb
Roger Sinden Level 1 (130 points)

I'm thinking about getting a Mac Mini as a media centre running iTunes for all my CDs etc. I have the display that came with my MacPro G4 PowerPC tower and comes with a connector that I am having difficulty in pinning down what exactly it is called (so hard to Google for an adapter).  I was hopoing to use this older type display ...is this possiblewith a suitable adapter or do I need to bite the bullet and get a display with an HDMI input?



  • --A--C-- Level 2 (290 points)

    The video out connectors on a desktop Power Mac G4 are VGA/DVI/ADC


    So that display will probably have a VGA connector input. (VGA = D-Sub)


    So if you order a Mini Display Port to VGA adapter with your mac mini, it should work.

    http://store.apple.com/us_smb_78313/product/MB572Z/B/mini-displayport-to-vga-ada ptor


    If your monitor has a DVI input, then rather buy a Mini Display Port to DVI (Digital signal), VGA is analog.

  • Roger Sinden Level 1 (130 points)

    The Apple Display Connector is what I have (it is an Apple screen) and so now knowing the exact name is helpful.  I have a gut feel that it might be simpler and easier just to get a new display!

  • --A--C-- Level 2 (290 points)

    If ADC is the only connection available on your display, then you would need a DVI>ADC adapter. (MDP to DVI is included in the box of a new mac mini, so that would be MDP>DVI adapter to DVI>ADC adapter to Display)


    This is

    - not available anymore in stores. Maybe 2nd hand ?

    - new price was 99$

    - not elegant: the brick provides the power for your display.

    (Your G4 video card with ADC output, provides power to your screen, through the ADC cable.)


    It is possible you run into problems, two adapters to convert video signal is not ideal...



    If I were you, I'd buy a new display (or second hand) with HDMI or DVI input.

    LCD displays don't cost a fortune anymore, and provide decent quality for the average user.

    LED displays are more expensive, buy this only if you really know why.


    HDMI cable: a cheaper cable will do. A cable of 60$ doesn't give you better quality then a 15$ cable. In the digital domain you have either a perfect signal or no signal at all. If you want I can explain more.


    good luck

  • dwb Level 7 (22,600 points)

    If you have one of Apple's wonderful Apple Displays you are out of luck - it uses the ADC port which is no longer supported. If your display has a DVI-D cable (it has two sets of 3x3 pins and a long narrow prong) the mini ships with a connector that supports it. If your display's cable has 3 rows of 5 pins it is VGA and will require a mini-display to VDA adaptor.

  • Roger Sinden Level 1 (130 points)

    Many many thanks for the very detailed reply. I know exactly what options I have available now.  Secondhand adapters are on eBay but seem to go for a fair bit.  I think you are right and maybe time to upgrade ;-)


    dwb...your input was also very much appreciated.  It is indeed the Studio Display.


    Might be simpler just to put a big cardboard box over the G4 to keep the noise down!

  • dwb Level 7 (22,600 points)

    I'd forgotten about this monstrosity. Seeing the price I remember why my wife gave me the Studio Display for my G4 tower when she bought a new MacPro at the office. For about $100 more she got a brand new display that was larger than the 17" ASD. Who knew that monitor would still be going strong (and look good compared to newer displays) 12 years later! My G4 tower is now in use as a backup server where I work and I'm still using the ASD.