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Mini DisplayPort to DVI Active Adapter

Connect a DVI monitor to a single-mode DisplayPort output from your computer

Product ID: MDP2DVIS

  • Supports display resolutions up to 1920x1200
  • Works with video cards that aren't capable of outputting DP++ (multi-mode) signals
  • Compliant with DisplayPort 1.1a specifications
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  • Supports HDCP 1.3
  • Compatible with Intel® Thunderbolt™
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£44.39 GBP inc VAT
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Overview

The MDP2DVIS Mini DisplayPort to DVI Active Adapter (single-link) lets you connect your Mini-DisplayPort video source to a DVI-D display, including televisions and Apple Cinema Display HD, eliminating the expense of having to upgrade to a DisplayPort capable monitor.

Unlike passive video adapters, this Mini DisplayPort to DVI adapter offers an active conversion for use with any Mini DisplayPort output - ideal for graphics cards that are not capable of outputting multi-mode DP++ signals (e.g. ATI Eyefinity).

Supporting resolutions up to 1920x1200, this compact device provides a simple solution for adapting PC or Mac® Mini-DisplayPort output for DVI monitors, televisions or projectors.

The Mini DP to DVI adapter is compatible with Intel® Thunderbolt™, when connected directly to a supporting DisplayPort over Thunderbolt™ I/O port.

Backed by a StarTech.com 2-year warranty and free lifetime technical support.

The StarTech.com Advantage

  • This Mini DisplayPort to DVI adapter offers active signal conversion, which helps overcome the limitation of some Mini DisplayPort video cards not being able to output a DP++ (multimode) signal
  • Simple to use, small form-factor converter makes Mini-DisplayPort backwards compatible with your DVI-D single link display

Applications

Ideal for digital entertainment centers, home offices, business conference rooms and trade show displays

Keep your existing DVI monitor to be used with your new Mini DisplayPort device

Perfect for larger format screens that use high DVI resolutions

Adapt from graphics cards that are not capable of outputting DP++ signals

Ideal for using your DVI monitor as a secondary display

Technical Specifications

Warranty Information
Warranty 2 Years
Hardware
Active or Passive Adapter Active
Adapter Style Adapters
Audio No
AV Input Mini-DisplayPort
AV Output DVI
Fire Rating LSZH Rated (Low Smoke Zero Halogen)
Industry Standards HDCP 1.3
DisplayPort 1.1
DDWG 1.0
Performance
Maximum Digital Resolutions 1920x1200
Wide Screen Supported Yes
Connector(s)
Connector A 1 - Mini-DisplayPort (20 pin) Male
Connector B 1 - DVI-D (25 pin) Female
Environmental
Operating Temperature 0°C to 70°C (32°F to 158°F)
Storage Temperature 0°C to 70°C (32°F to 158°F)
Physical Characteristics
Color Black
Product Height 20 mm [0.8 in]
Product Length 200 mm [7.9 in]
Product Weight 70 g [2.5 oz]
Product Width 44 mm [1.7 in]
Packaging Information
Shipping (Package) Weight 0.1 kg [0.2 lb]
What's in the Box
Included in Package 1 - Mini-DisplayPort to DVI Adapter

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Product Support

Frequently Asked Questions

Before You Buy

Unfortunately no, this device has an intended source and an intended destination.  Refer to the title of the webpage for this order.

Digital Visual Interface (DVI) is a video display interface that can contain different types of signaling, based on the application. DVI cables and ports are created using different connector types to identify what application they are intended to be used in. The connector types are identified by the number of pins on the DVI connector. DVI comes in the following five different connector types: 

Single and Dual link DVI indicate the maximum resolution capabilities of the video source or video destination. The maximum resolutions are Single Link (1920 x 1080 @ 60Hz) and Dual Link (2560 x 1600 @ 60Hz).

Note: The maximum resolution of your video source and video destination are ultimately determined by the technical specifications of the devices. The connector type is not a definitive indicator of the maximum resolution.

DVI-A carries only analog (for example, VGA) with no digital component. DVI-D carries only digital video (for example, HDMI) with no analog component. DVI-I combines DVI-A and DVI-D connections to include both analog and digital components. A DVI-I port may be on either your video source or display, but whether or not a display carries either or both analog and digital sources depends on the technical specifications of your device.

When you convert video from a source that uses DisplayPort or Mini DisplayPort to DVI or HDMI (for example, a computer to a monitor), you will need to consider the difference between passive and active adapters.

If the source supports dual-mode DisplayPort (also known as DP++), then you can use a passive adapter because the source can perform the conversion. If the source does not support DP++, then you need to use an active converter, which includes additional chips to perform the conversion.

Thunderbolt ports support DP++ natively. To run multiple monitors from the same computer, refer to the Active Adapters section below.

Passive Adapters

Passive adapters are less expensive since they do not need to include additional chips. A quick way to check whether you can use a passive adapter is to see if the DisplayPort or Mini DisplayPort source has the DP++ symbol above it. The symbol is a D with a P inside of it, with two + signs to the left, one on top of the other.

Active Adapters

Active adapters use additional chips to make the conversion inside the adapter, regardless of whether the source supports DP++. This means that active adapters are more expensive than passive adapters.

If you want to use multiple monitors with the same computer, you should use an active adapter because some video cards cannot run the maximum number of monitors while using DP++. This is especially true if the computer has more than one DisplayPort or Mini DisplayPort connection. Check with your video card manufacturer to confirm which type of adapter you need for the setup that you would like to run.

Note: You should use passive adapters with StarTech.com MST hubs, except when you are converting from DisplayPort to VGA, since that type of conversion requires active adapters.  For more information on using adapters with StarTech.com MST hubs, refer to the following FAQ: http://www.startech.com/faq/mst_hubs_passive_vs_active_adapters.

Surface Dock

If you experience issues when you connect passive video signal adapters to the Surface Dock, Microsoft recommends that you use active video signal converters instead. StarTech.com offers an active video signal converter for DVI monitors (MDP2DVIS) and for HDMI monitors (MDP2HD4KS).

Note: This issue does not apply to the Surface Pro 3 Docking Station.

Installation

This device is plug and play. It does not use any drivers, and does not require any setup tasks other than plugging in the source (for example, a computer) and the destination (for example, a monitor).

Troubleshooting

When you troubleshoot issues with a video adapter, there are some quick tests that you can complete to rule out potential problems. You can test to make sure that the following components are working correctly and are not the source of the issue:

  • Video cables

  • Video adapter

  • Video source (such as a DVD player or computer)

  • Video destination (such as a monitor or projector)

To test your setup components, try the following:

  • Use the cable, video adapter, video source, and video destination in another setup to see if the problem is with the components or the setup.

  • Use a different cable, video adapter, video source, and video destination in your setup to see if the problem persists. Ideally, you should test a component that you know works in another setup.

When you test your cables, it is recommended that you do the following:

  • Test each cable individually.

  • Use short cables when you are testing.

When you test the video source and video destination, it is recommended that you do the following:

  • Remove the video adapter from your setup and test to make sure that the video source and video destination work together without the video adapter.

  • Test to make sure that the video source and video destination work together at the resolution that you want to use.

Note: In order for your setup to work properly, the video source, adapter, and destination all need to support the resolution that you are using.

Try the following:

  1. Check that the monitor’s video port works with another source.
  2. Check that the cables between the source and the destination work with other equipment.
  3. Check whether the video adapter works with another source and another destination.

The error “Out of Range” normally means that the resolution being output by the computer is not compatible with the display. Try lowering the resolution to see if that helps resolve the issue.  You may need to connect another monitor or restart the computer or source to accomplish this.

Mini DisplayPort to DVI Active Adapter

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(3 stars) easy and conveniet

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I got this and tested with an old monitor and it was easy to setup and use. We had no problems at all and the product was self-explanatory I received this product in exchange for an unbiased review.
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(4 stars) Nice Adapter

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The adapter works fine and the cable is very sturdy at the bend points.
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(5 stars) Just what we needed

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We needed an adapter to hook up devices with the mini display port to our older projector in the boardroom to do presentations and such. This cable let us do exactly that. The picture looked crisp and clear. The adapter was well made and looks like it will withstand many bends and crimps. I received this product in exchange for an unbiased review.
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(2 stars) Work but high defect rate

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My company buys a lot of these and it seems like for every 15 we test, at least 3 of them are defective.....wish that they had a better quality control for these.
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Response from StarTech.com:
Barry, Customer Support
Hi, Thanks for sharing this with us. We would like to hear from you regarding your use of this adapter. Historically, we have seen a very low rate of defects with this adapter. Please get in touch with us by emailing "startechreviews@startech.com". Thank you

(5 stars) Worked perfect

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Worked perfect. My Surface Pro 4 couldn't run two monitors with regular adapters. The active adapters fixed it. All works now.
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(1 star) Not what you are looking for! it is not ACTIVE!

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I bought this adapter because I needed my laptop to display 144Hz at my 144Hz monitor. I needed an active adapter for that, and this product claims to be an ACTIVE adapter. However, it isn't supporting anything over 60Hz. My laptop has the configuration required to boost 144Hz and that I know for sure, but this adapter is not what its description claims. Do not get it!
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Response from StarTech.com:
Barry, Customer Support
Hello, Thanks for sharing. We hope we can offer some clarification. This adapter is indeed active, however, being active does not automatically enable is to operate at refresh rates up to 144Hz. The core difference between an active and passive DP/mDP adapter is that active adapters contain a chip that takes care of converting the signal to a legacy connection (DVI). A passive adapter requires a video card with DP++ functionality. DP++ performs the conversion on the video card before connecting to the adapter and legacy connection (DVI). We confirmed the limit of the MDP2DVIS adapter. The maximum resolution supported is 1920x1200 at 60Hz. We will be sure to add that to our website to avoid future confusion. We hope this has been helpful, please feel free to reach out to our Technical Advisors for further support by clicking the "Support" tab at the top of our website. Thank you.