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I have an external monitor which accepts DVI, VGA and HDMI.

I have a MacBook Air which has a Thunderbolt port only.

Can this MacBook Air use the monitor as a secondary display, and what adapter will I need?

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You will need a Thunderbolt to DVI adapter. Or, Mini DisplayPort to DVI, since Thunderbolt's display connection is essentially the same as Mini DisplayPort.

The Mini DisplayPort to DVI Adapter lets you connect an advanced digital monitor […] to a Mac with a Mini DisplayPort or Thunderbolt port.

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You can also get a Thunderbolt (Mini DisplayPort) to HDMI cable, in case you think you might want to plug the laptop into TVs at a later point etc. – xorbyte Jun 22 '12 at 20:27
Hm, I have that adapter, but the thunderbolt port on my macbook air is smaller. What port is this? micro displayport?? – cqm Jun 22 '12 at 20:28
Feel free to update this answer and add more info, it's Community Wiki. @alexandru – slhck Jun 22 '12 at 20:28
@RD. You probably don't have a Mini DisplayPort adapter, but a Mini-DVI adapter, which looks somewhat the same, but is a tad larger. Thunderbolt is Thunderbolt, there's no smaller version of that. – slhck Jun 22 '12 at 20:29
@slhck you are right, it is mini dvi I remember now – cqm Jun 22 '12 at 20:29

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