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Solutions for HDI45 to VGA or DB15?

zezba9000

Well-known member
It looks like there's an available alternative: https://www.ebay.com/itm/New-Retail...-Programmable-Adapter-Converter-/283943104410

I don't know why eBay didn't show that when I searched for HDI-45, or maybe it did and I wasn't looking very closely.

The prices on the Apple originals are unfortunately quite high.

Other work-arounds would be to use a NuBus or PPC PDS video card, such as the a/v or the HPV card.
Awesome! Why o why doesn't Ebay show this when I search for it.
I now have two computers that have this port.

Thanks, this price is totally reasonable.
 

Cory5412

Daring Pioneer of the Future
Staff member
I was wondering if the vacation thing would be the bummer.

Weirdly, seems this is totally cyclical. There's lots of HDI-45 on eBay for under $30 right now. I saw one or two for $20, so if you haven't already placed your order you may find an original Apple one for a bit less, provided you have an Apple display or the next adapter.
 

zezba9000

Well-known member
HDI-45 on eBay for under $30 right now.
I got one of the converters from Walmart overpriced but it works. However computer doesn't fully startup until I hit reset button, then power cycle once. Its a Performa 6115CD.

So looking again, there was one on Ebay for 30$ I just ordered today. So now I can confirm if the 3rd party converter is less reliable then the official one or if its an issue with my Mac.
 

Cory5412

Daring Pioneer of the Future
Staff member
That's a known issue with the PowerMac 6100 and derivatives. It also impacts most earlier LC/II and I htink the III, plus the 475 and 605.

The solution you found, turning it on, then off, then off again in rapid succession is basically The Solution, until you can put a good PRAM battery in or otherwise feed the board the ~3v when you want to run it. (Two AAs was enough to keep the 475 from needing it but on my 6100, I just turn it on, do the PowerToggle, and leave it running until I'm Good And Done, usually a couple weeks later.)
 
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