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I have a new macbook and I wanted to use it as a dvd player on my insignia tv. I bought the DVI to VGA converter cable but get no signal. What gives?

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Dvi-d???? dvi-d is digital, and is NOT compatible with a vga signal. vga, is an analog signal, and needs the non-digital version of dvi to work.

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