VGAtor allows the original 12" PowerBook to drive Apple's ADC displays. Use any ADC display with the 12" VGAPowerBook
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Manufacturer Part #: 0151-VGAT
We created VGAtor to allow the original 12" PowerBook to drive Apple's ADC displays.
VGAtor converts VGA and USB signals into a single digital ADC signal, preserving the original colour and resolution and adding flicker-free digital flat-panel quality, often superior to the built-in notebook display!
VGAtor includes an original Apple power supply to guarantee the best available solution for using your Apple flat panel display with a VGA notebook.
Setup is straightforward - all necessary cables are included - just plug everything in and choose "Detect Displays" in the Displays Control Panel, and presto, your ADC monitor is up and running!
A software wizard is included so that you can fine tune image parameters such as Phase (the fuzziness on screen), horizontal and vertical position and, should you ever need to, color as well. VGAtor stores the parameters associated with your display and will remember them until you hook up a different display.
This allows you to leave VGAtor on your desk (the case is just too beautiful to hide it!) waiting for you to come back and use the extra screen real estate whenever you need it, without even rebooting your PowerBook!
Video Cards VGAtor is compatible with all PowerBooks with a built-in VGA port as well as all PC notebooks that can use a second display as additional desktop space.
Specifically, VGAtor was optimized for the PowerBook G4 12" with VGA. This PowerBook supports the full range of ADC displays in full resolution and colour depth.
The PowerBook G4 Titanium with VGA output is limited to 16 Bit color at higher resolutions and may be limited to the 15, 17 and 22" Apple ADC displays, depending on the graphics chip set and operating system your particular model is using.
Older PowerBook G3 (Pismo, Lombard and Wallstreet) models are limited to 1280x1024 (15 and 17" ADC Studio Displays) and video quality may be lacking at the top resolution.
PC notebooks require a chipset that is able to handle dual displays (typically this is the case for ATI and nVidia mobile chip sets from 2003 and later as well as some earlier ones).
Certain iMac G4 and iBook models are also compatible. These computers will work out of the box if they have a built-in VGA-port (adapter in the box for iBooks, optional for iMac G4) and the screen size is 1024x768. These iBooks and iMacs allow mirroring to a 15" ADC Studio Display via VGAtor*.
Mac and PC desktop computers with VGA cards can theoretically use VGAtor. However, we have not extensively tested such combinations and there can be unexpected complications (see next paragraph on DVI cards). We are unable to provide support for such configurations!
Mac and PC computers with DVI cards should really be using DVIator. However, sometimes VGAtor is the only option - e.g. if the DVI chip on such a card has blown. This often leaves the card working well in VGA and the owner is tempted to give VGAtor a try. Unfortunately, some cards provide unexpected results - particularly Radeon 9000 Mac cards have an irritating habit of immediately shutting down the computer when they notice an Apple ADC display connected via VGA. Please contact our technical support if you require a solution.
Displays DVIator supports the Apple 15" Studio Display, the 17" Studio Display, the 20" Apple Cinema Display, the 22" Apple Cinema Display and the 23" Apple Cinema HD Display with ADC connectors.
The now obsolete ADC 17" CRT Studio Display is not supported by VGAtor.
Operating System VGAtor is independent of a specific OS, so there is no special requirement for the computer or the operating system other than requirements dictated by the video card.
The wizard software for fine-tuning display quality is only available for Mac OS X, so phase adjustment is not available on other platforms. We are working on providing utilities for phase adjustment on Windows 2k/XP as soon as possible.
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