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gillilandboy
Nov 28, 2007, 11:59 AM
I have a Macbook black and I would like to hook it up to my HDTV. I have HDMI component, S-Video and normal video out on the HDTV. I don't mind buying any cables or anything. If anyone knows how to do this and could help me out that would be great.



Thanks.



anotherarunan
Nov 28, 2007, 12:03 PM
I could be wrong but you'll need 2 adapters

mini DVI - DVI adapter and then a DVI - HDMI adapter.

kkat69
Nov 28, 2007, 12:11 PM
I could be wrong but you'll need 2 adapters

mini DVI - DVI adapter and then a DVI - HDMI adapter.

Yep, probably so.

http://store.apple.com/1-800-MY-APPLE/WebObjects/AppleStore.woa/wa/RSLID?nnmm=browse&mco=720F2947&node=home/shop_mac/mac_accessories/cables

Has them listed.

Unsure if they have the correct ends, etc. If they don't you can probably find the proper dvi to hdmi cable on cablestogo.com

mini DVI - DVI adapter and then a DVI - HDMI adapter.

But the quoted post is correct.

RichardF
Nov 28, 2007, 12:14 PM
I have a Macbook black and I would like to hook it up to my HDTV. I have HDMI component, S-Video and normal video out on the HDTV. I don't mind buying any cables or anything. If anyone knows how to do this and could help me out that would be great.



Thanks.



Google "DVI to HDMI cable".

Also, you'll find there are other threads covering this topic on these forums.

119576
Nov 28, 2007, 12:21 PM
Google "DVI to HDMI cable".

MacBooks use Mini-DVI though. :)

JML42691
Nov 28, 2007, 12:21 PM
Buy the mini-DVI to DVI adapter, then buy the DVI to HDMI cable, both are offered by Apple's website for $19 and that way you only have 2 parts and not 3. Total cost would be $38 before tax.

NewbieNerd
Nov 28, 2007, 12:23 PM
Yeah, mini-DVI -> DVI and DVI -> HDMI is definitely the way to go. I don't think they have mini-DVI adapters, but www.monoprice.com is the place to get most adapters and cables, including DVI -> HDMI. I got that adapter there for like $3.50 and it has worked flawlessly for me.

soLoredd
Nov 28, 2007, 02:35 PM
What about audio? What cable is needed to hook up to optical on a receiver?

AndyFL
Nov 28, 2007, 03:03 PM
Optical? Nahh, all you need is a mini-plug to RCA "Y" cable.

I don't even think you could get from audio out on your 'book to optical in on your receiver....

What about audio? What cable is needed to hook up to optical on a receiver?

soLoredd
Nov 28, 2007, 03:14 PM
Nevermind, I found out.

MacBooks do have optical out, it's on the headphone jack. You just need a mini-TOSlink adapter.

TheStu
Nov 28, 2007, 03:17 PM
Optical? Nahh, all you need is a mini-plug to RCA "Y" cable.

I don't even think you could get from audio out on your 'book to optical in on your receiver....

Of course you can get optical out. Just plug in a headphone jack style Toslink cable, the other end goes into receiver and OS X should adjust itself accordingly. Worst case scenario, you have to go into the System Preferences to tell it to output optical.

Consultant
Nov 28, 2007, 03:17 PM
If you want to output optical audio, you need an adapter for the Mini-optical output, usually to toslink. I have some extras. $6 shipped in the US.

JSK1121
Nov 28, 2007, 03:20 PM
If you connect your macbook to the HDMI connection on your HDTV, will there be any difference in picture quality than if you connect to your VGA connection? I have many connection options on my HDTV and am wondering if there is any difference is all. Thanks.

Draddy
Nov 28, 2007, 05:32 PM
This is what I use....
I've spent hundreds of dollars here....fantastic store.
http://www.monoprice.com/products/product.asp?c_id=102&cp_id=10231&cs_id=1023104&p_id=2404&seq=1&format=2

Right now, I'm using my 32" westinghouse as my monitor.... 1024x768... looks great.

VGA is analog, therefore not really HD (unless you are using a digital source like RGB/HV)

Plus, it is really hard to get VGA to show properly in 16x9 ... both the computer and the TV recognize each other properly and it looks amazing on my TV using that DVI to HDMI cable.

motownflip
Nov 28, 2007, 05:52 PM
can someone give me a link for the correct audio cord to use.

AndyFL
Nov 28, 2007, 08:46 PM
<----- IDIOT. Don't mind me.......learned something new today! ;-)



Of course you can get optical out. Just plug in a headphone jack style Toslink cable, the other end goes into receiver and OS X should adjust itself accordingly. Worst case scenario, you have to go into the System Preferences to tell it to output optical.

iEdd
Dec 1, 2007, 08:11 PM
So can anyone actually confirm what the DVI end of the adaptor looks like? It seems like noone actually owns one.

This image shows that it has a dual link DVI-D port. http://images.digitalmedianet.com/2006/Week_29/2ev6dipx/story/02-dvid-01.jpg

I am worried though, because wikipedia and comments on the apple store say that it doesn't support dual link. I've already ordered a dual link DVI-D cable to connect to it.

Can someone PLEASE confirm what sort of cable it is?

Apple are ****ing useless in that they don't give any specifications and just say "DVI".

EDIT: This site (http://www.macmall.com/macmall/shop/detail.asp?dpno=285977&Redir=1&description=Apple-Mini-DVI%20to%20DVI%20Adapter-Cables) says it's 1x24 pin female, so maybe it just has dual link pins but doesn't support dual link monitors?

thechidz
Dec 1, 2007, 08:14 PM
I ran mini dvi-dvi then dvi-hdmi when I had a macbook worked great.

Now I just run dvi-hdmi on my macbook pro:)

iEdd
Dec 1, 2007, 08:31 PM
So does your cable look exactly like the picture above?

thechidz
Dec 1, 2007, 08:47 PM
So does your cable look exactly like the picture above?

yep

FrenchPB
Dec 13, 2007, 07:12 AM
OK, so it looks like we're set for the video connection : mini-dvi to dvi adapter + dvi to hdmi cable.

For the sound, it will be a toslink adapter to optical plug in the HDTV.

Now, what about the resolution ? How do you have to setup your MacBook to get the best result on your 32" HD Ready TV (native resolution being 1366x768) ?

I bought my MacBook in August 2006, does it really have that optical output for the sound ?

I will need long cables to link that to my HDTV (15ft), but my setup could be awesome if it could work :p

FrenchPB
Dec 13, 2007, 07:18 AM
<----- IDIOT. Don't mind me.......learned something new today! ;-)

Is the toslink cable interesting when you just plug it from your macbook to your hdtv, and not to an amplifier ? Will the quality be much better than a jack to RCA cable ?

I don't have any sound system right now, the sound will only come out my Sony Bravia KDL-32D3000.

Thanks for your help.

samie65
Jan 11, 2009, 08:33 PM
I am trying to connect to a receiver also to listen through my speakers and watch on my new 32" LCD. Any advice?

jonesh
Jan 11, 2009, 08:55 PM
Looks like monoprice has Mini-DVI to HDMI in one cable now for only $9.88. The link is: http://www.monoprice.com/products/product.asp?c_id=104&cp_id=10419&cs_id=1041912&p_id=4852&seq=1&format=2

iEdd
Jan 11, 2009, 08:57 PM
That's cool. I hope a Mini DisplayPort to HDMI comes out soon, and can carry audio.

jonesh
Jan 11, 2009, 09:01 PM
Actually, MonoPrice will be releasing a Mini DisplayPort to HDMI adapter (supporting HDCP) by the end of January according to this link: http://www.macyourself.com/2008/12/11/macbook-owners-rejoice-mini-displayport-to-hdmi-adapter-soon/

The only problem with that is that audio will still need to be passed separately with its own cable to whatever speaker solution you'd like.

lantzn
Dec 10, 2010, 12:25 PM
OK, so it looks like we're set for the video connection : mini-dvi to dvi adapter + dvi to hdmi cable.

For the sound, it will be a toslink adapter to optical plug in the HDTV.

This clarifies the audio cable questions;
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/TOSLINK
Mini-TOSLINK jacks are commonly found on Apple computers and portable MiniDisc players. These provide the same capabilities but are almost exactly the same size and shape as the ubiquitous 3.5 mm stereo minijack (they are 0.5mm longer to prevent an analog plug from contacting the LED). Adapters are available to connect a TOSLINK cable to a Mini-TOSLINK jack.

They make TOSLINK to a Mini-TOSLINK cables, so no need for an adapter now.
http://www.amazon.com/Cables-Go-27016-Velocity-Toslink/dp/B0002JFN1A/ref=pd_cp_e_1


They also make mini-DVI to HDMI cables now, no need for an adapter.
http://www.depot888.com/mini-male-hdmi-male-cable-adapter-apple-p-1102.html

Now all we need is a mini-toslink/mini-dvi to HDMI cable and all would be perfect. :)

DominusNovus
Mar 2, 2011, 03:03 PM
So, I went through monoprice and picked up a mini-dvi to dvi and a dvi to hdmi. They arrived today and the mini-dvi doesn't fit my MBP.

Here's the product page, and it seems that everyone that bought it did so to hook it up to macs. So whats the problem here?

http://www.monoprice.com/products/product.asp?c_id=104&cp_id=10419&cs_id=1041912&p_id=4851&seq=1&format=4#feedback

iEdd
Mar 2, 2011, 03:15 PM
Macs haven't used mini-DVI for years. Don't just guess what port you have.

AdamRock
Mar 2, 2011, 03:16 PM
wrong section, this is macbook pro, not macbook.

iEdd
Mar 2, 2011, 03:20 PM
Are you talking to the OP? This thread is over 3 years old...

Now I can see how someone made the mistake of getting the wrong cable though.

DominusNovus
Mar 2, 2011, 03:26 PM
Bah. This wasn't the thread I originally found when looking this issue up, wish I had seen this one first, particular with the availability of the mini display to hdmi cables now. Ah well. When was the last year that macbooks used mini dvis? I've got plenty of friends that might find this a useful present.

EDIT: So, before I go make another purchase that I only think is the right one, this is the type of adapter I want, correct?

http://www.monoprice.com/products/product.asp?c_id=102&cp_id=10246&cs_id=1024603&p_id=5997&seq=1&format=2

iEdd
Mar 2, 2011, 03:29 PM
IIRC, mini DisplayPort came in October 2008 with the first unibody MacBook Pros. Anything before that should be Mini DVI.

simsaladimbamba
Mar 2, 2011, 03:33 PM
DominusNovus, below you see an assortment of ports and plugs, maybe they can help you:

Mini DVI (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mini-DVI)
Mini DVI is a digital common interface on the later G4 12" PowerBook, on Intel iMacs till 2009 and on the white and black pre-Unibody MacBooks and on Intel Mac minis before they changed the design to Unibody.
http://dl.dropbox.com/u/10644330/MR_Image_Hotlinks/MR_Video_Out/MR_video_out_Mac_Mini_DVI.png
Mini DVI adapters can be bought online from:
Mini DVI to VGA adapter from Apple (http://store.apple.com/us/product/M9320G/A?fnode=MTY1NDA5OQ&mco=MTA4MzU1MzA)
Mini DVI to Video (Composite and S-Video) adapter from Apple (http://store.apple.com/us/product/M9319G/A?fnode=MTY1NDA5OQ&mco=MTA4MzU1ODQ)
Mini DVI to DVI adapter from Apple (http://store.apple.com/us/product/M9321G/B?fnode=MTY1NDA5OQ&mco=MTA4MzU1NjQ)

Mini DVI to VGA adapter from Monoprice (http://www.monoprice.com/products/product.asp?c_id=104&cp_id=10419&cs_id=1041912&p_id=4850&seq=1&format=2)
Mini DVI to HDMI adapter from Monoprice (http://www.monoprice.com/products/product.asp?c_id=104&cp_id=10419&cs_id=1041912&p_id=4852&seq=1&format=2)
Mini DVI to DVI adapter from Monoprice (http://www.monoprice.com/products/product.asp?c_id=104&cp_id=10419&cs_id=1041912&p_id=4851&seq=1&format=2)


Also of interest: "Mini DVI, what it is and how to capture it (http://www.screencapturenews.com/2008/10/24/mini-dvi-what-it-is-and-how-to-capture-it/)"

Mini DisplayPort (MDP) (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mini_DisplayPort)
Mini DisplayPort is the current digital standard on all current Macs to transfer video to an external display or TV. It has been introduced in 10/2008 with the release of the Unibody MacBook and MacBook Pros and has gradually been adopted on all other Macs.
MDP is capable of transmitting video, and since 2010, audio too. MDP is a miniaturised version of DisplayPort. It is also license free and can support resolutions of up to 2560 x 1600, which Mini DVI and Micro DVI are not able to do.
http://dl.dropbox.com/u/10644330/MR_Image_Hotlinks/MR_Video_Out/MR_video_out_Mac_Mini_DP.png
MDP adapters can be bought online from:
MDP to VGA adapter from Apple (http://store.apple.com/us/product/MB572Z/A?fnode=MTY1NDA5OQ&mco=MTA4MzU1NDg)
MDP to DVI adapter from Apple (http://store.apple.com/us/product/MB570Z/A?fnode=MTY1NDA5OQ&mco=MTA4MzU1NTE)
MDP to Dual-Link-DVI adapter from Apple (http://store.apple.com/us/product/MB571Z/A?fnode=MTY1NDA5OQ&mco=MTA4MzU1ODY)

Moshi Mini DP to HDMI Adapter with Audio Support adapter from the Apple Online Store (http://store.apple.com/us/product/H1824ZM/A)

Mini DisplayPort + USB to Dual-Link DVI adapter from Monoprice (http://www.monoprice.com/products/product.asp?c_id=104&cp_id=10428&cs_id=1042802&p_id=6904&seq=1&format=2)
Mini DisplayPort to DVI adapter from Monoprice (http://www.monoprice.com/products/product.asp?c_id=104&cp_id=10428&cs_id=1042802&p_id=5106&seq=1&format=2)
Mini DisplayPort to VGA adapter from Monoprice (http://www.monoprice.com/products/product.asp?c_id=104&cp_id=10428&cs_id=1042802&p_id=5107&seq=1&format=2)
Mini DisplayPort to HDMI adapter from Monoprice (http://www.monoprice.com/products/product.asp?c_id=104&cp_id=10428&cs_id=1042802&p_id=5311&seq=1&format=2) - *NOTE* This product does NOT support audio for Macs that outputs audio through the Mini DisplayPort.
Mini Displayport Male and USB Male/Toslink Audio to HDMI Female Converting adapter from Monoprice (http://www.monoprice.com/products/product.asp?c_id=104&cp_id=10428&cs_id=1042802&p_id=6331&seq=1&format=2)
Mini Displayport Male and USB Male Audio to HDMI Female Converting adapter from Monoprice (http://www.monoprice.com/products/product.asp?c_id=104&cp_id=10428&cs_id=1042802&p_id=5969&seq=1&format=2) - *NOTE* Will only support 2 channel stereo. Will not support 5.1 Dolby Surround like the above adapter.

Mini DisplayPort to Mini DisplayPort Cables from Monoprice (http://www.monoprice.com/products/subdepartment.asp?c_id=102&cp_id=10246&cs_id=1024602)
Mini DisplayPort to VGA Cables from Monoprice (http://www.monoprice.com/products/subdepartment.asp?c_id=102&cp_id=10246&cs_id=1024605)
Mini DisplayPort to DVI Cables from Monoprice (http://www.monoprice.com/products/subdepartment.asp?c_id=102&cp_id=10246&cs_id=1024604)
Mini DisplayPort to HDMI Cables from Monoprice (http://www.monoprice.com/products/subdepartment.asp?c_id=102&cp_id=10246&cs_id=1024603)

Also of interest: "What is "Mini DisplayPort"? Is it an industry-standard? How is it different from or better than Mini-DVI and Micro-DVI? (http://www.everymac.com/systems/apple/macbook/macbook-unibody-faq/what-is-mini-displayport-different-from-dvi.html)"


DVI (Digital Visual Interface) (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Digital_Visual_Interface)
The successor of VGA, which is capable of analog and digital video transfer, though Apple restricted their adapters to DVI-D, which is purely digital.
http://dl.dropbox.com/u/10644330/MR_Image_Hotlinks/MR_Video_Out/MR_video_out_display_DVI.png
DVI cables can be bought online from:
Monoprice - DVI cables (http://www.monoprice.com/products/search.asp?spcDB=10209&spcWord=Video+Cables+?+?b?DVI?965b?&keyword=dvi)

Also of interest: "Understanding the DVI Connector and Video Cable (http://www.the-home-cinema-guide.com/dvi-connector.html)"

VGA (Video Graphics Array) (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Video_Graphics_Array)
The oldest video connection for computers that is still around. It is transferring an analog video signal and go up to 2048 × 1536 pixel (QXGA). It is often found on most displays and projectors, sometimes even on TVs.
http://dl.dropbox.com/u/10644330/MR_Image_Hotlinks/MR_Video_Out/MR_video_out_display_VGA.png
VGA cables can be bought online from:
Monoprice - VGA cables (http://www.monoprice.com/products/search.asp?spcDB=10201&spcWord=Video+Cables+?+?b?VGA403SVGA?403b?&keyword=vgaMittwoch, 2. März 2011 22:33:18 Europe/Berlinable)

Also of interest: "VGA Connector Guide - the Port and Cable Explained (http://www.the-home-cinema-guide.com/vga-connector.html)"

DominusNovus
Mar 2, 2011, 03:38 PM
Very helpful. The new cable I'm looking at looked like it would fit into my port, but I wanted to make sure.

ellischristian8
Jun 11, 2013, 12:42 AM
Im trying to connect my black macbook (early 2008) to my vizio smart tv and i followed the directions to where the apple shows on my tv…..but it just flickers between the “no signal” screen and a blank blue screen. WHAT DO I DO???? #PleaseHelp !!!!!

borostef
Jun 11, 2013, 06:37 AM
Im trying to connect my black macbook (early 2008) to my vizio smart tv and i followed the directions to where the apple shows on my tv…..but it just flickers between the “no signal” screen and a blank blue screen. WHAT DO I DO???? #PleaseHelp !!!!!

What adapter/cable are you using to connect your macbook to the tv? I am using mini displayport to HDMI adapter to connect my 2008 macbook to my hdtv and it works with no problems...