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I have a MBP 2010 that doesnt have a HDMI port, so I got a MiniDisplay to HDMI for a monitor I had. Currently, I'm using a monitor that only supports VGA. To use this monitor I have to connect the Minidisplay > HDMI > VGA but it doesnt seem to work.

Should it work?

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  • DP > HDMI is passive, it's the same signal in different connectors.
  • HDMI > VGA requires digital > analogue conversion.

To use this monitor I have to connect the Minidisplay > HDMI > VGA but it doesnt seem to work.

Should it work?

It depends.

It depends mostly on the specific HDMI>VGA device you're using. If it's just a port adapter (cheap, passive, and useful for some non-standard applications/devices only) then no, it shouldn't. A converter (more expensive but providing the required digital>analogue signal conversion) should work but may not.

Generally it's better to have just a known good DP>VGA converter even if, technically speaking, there's nothing wrong with your configuration, assuming that the last device is actually a converter.

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