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April 22nd, 2012, 06:11 AM
I got an Apple PowerMac 8500/120 for free (it's the one with the video capture card). It powers up and apparently boots, but I don't know what sort of display I need, as the plug is different than standard DB-15 VGA and I have no suitable screens. Can I just use an adapter for a standard VGA screen, assuming one exists, or do I need dedicated stuff?

Anything else I should know about this thing? I've never ran pre-Intel macs before now.

April 22nd, 2012, 06:15 AM
I think all Macs produced after the LC can use the MAC to VGA adapter.

April 22nd, 2012, 07:26 AM

April 22nd, 2012, 02:16 PM
Does the Mac plug have a proper technical name? Searching for "mac vga adapter" returns a gazillion dvi and displayport adapters but not one of the kind I need.

April 22nd, 2012, 10:25 PM
macintosh video DB15

Searching for "mac vga adapter" returns a gazillion dvi and displayport adapters
What do you want? Thd DB15 is obsolete, vintage

Go to a appledealer, it's the place to ask one.

April 22nd, 2012, 11:10 PM
Here's one on the 'bay, shipping seems a little steep to my location, may or may not be better to your location...

Alternatively, if you feel up to the job of soldering your own adapter the diagram and sense pin configurations (for setting resolution) are available here:

April 23rd, 2012, 03:02 AM

vga adapter (http://www.ebay.com/itm/Apple-DB-15-to-VGA-Video-Adapter-/290250089152?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item439440e2c0)

vga adapter (http://www.ebay.com/itm/MAC-DB15-MALE-VGA-HD-15-FEMALE-640-480-ADAPTER-/380262288494)