I know that DVI-D is digital only and can not be transformed to VGA with passive adapter. I want to know where this adapters are used? Or is it just a marketing trick?

Example of this adapter here: http://www.amazon.com/CablesToBuy-DVI-D-Male-Female-Adapter/dp/B001CHQ52W/ref=pd_bxgy_pc_img_z/183-0695115-2473620

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    Actually, the 5-star reviews on this thing are "awesome" and completely not fake... "I used this product for my company (name) for a wedding that was done and I was verry happy with this purchase.", "Worked fine with MacPro G5, when I hooked up a new HP monitor. Not quite the same as an Applw OEM monitor, but pretty close." At least I hope they're fake. :) – Mario Dec 6 '13 at 9:02

One potential intended use would be to screw two of these adapters to the each end of a VGA cable to use it as a DVI-D cable, depending on how things are connected inside. This makes little sense as two of these adapters would cost about the same as a cheap DVI cable, not to mention that it would have worse electrical characteristics. Then again, that's nothing more than a guess.

This adapter can not work as a passive DVI-I -> VGA adapter however, so the intended use cannot be that. The adapter is missing the 4 pins around the grounding pin on the side. This is where the analog red, green, blue and horizontal sync signals are transmitted. Without those pins, no DVI-A signalling is possible. The pinout is explained on Wikipedia or as a close-up here.

DVI pinout

DVI adapter missing pins

  • Look like it is the only way to use it... – ko4evneg Dec 10 '13 at 9:59

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