Mac Mini to TV

Discussion in 'Mac mini' started by gadgetgirl85, Mar 16, 2007.

  1. macrumors 68040

    gadgetgirl85

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    I believe it is possible to plug the mac mini into the TV. Just wondering how you go about it? I have many things plugged into my TV (ie DVD player, XBox, Foxtel etc) so I have component 1 and AV taken up would I still be able to do it somehow? Can you also use it as a computer and plug in a keyboard and mouse? Sorry if these seem like stupid questions
     
  2. macrumors 6502

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    It depends on what type of connections your tv has. Simplest is if your set has a DVI connector, then it would be DVI from mini to DVI in the tv. If your tv has a HDMI connector, they do sell DVI to HDMI cables. If you have a vga connector on your tv then you would need to get a dvi to vga adapter for your mini(should have come with the mini). You can also get a DVI to s-video/composite adapter from Apple and hook it up that way. Though you won't get the best picture that way since it only outputs standard(non-HD, 480i) picture.

    DVI to video link..http://store.apple.com/1-800-MY-APPLE/WebObjects/AppleStore.woa/wa/RSLID?mco=7434E310&nplm=M9267G%2FA
     
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    gadgetgirl85

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    would a VGA cable work? apparantely with my 26" Samsung new TV I was told that should work?
     
  4. macrumors 6502

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    If your Samsung tv has a vga input on it(probably labeled 'PC'), yes. You would just run a regular vga cable from the mini to the vga input of the tv. Switch the tv over to the vga connection(via input select or remote most likely, haven't worked with a Samsung in a few years). You should see the mini's desktop. Might be a little distorted if it didn't auto-detect the native resolution of the tv. If not set the mini to the tv resolution in the display preferances. Sould be something like 1366x768 if it's a HD widescreen tv.
     
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    Xeem

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    If your TV has a VGA input (and if it's an LCD TV, then it should; I believe Samsung equips all of their LCD TVs with VGA inputs), then you should get great picture quality on it. Just get yourself a VGA cable, use the DVI->VGA adapter that comes included with all Minis, and you're set.
     
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    MacBass

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    Don't forget a DVI to VGA adapter! I plan on purchasing a DVI to Video adapter for my mini when I get one. Unfortunately, I don't have a widescreen HDTV (and probably won't for quite a while), so I probably won't have to worry about the resolutions not matching up.
     
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    ftaok

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    Don't forget about the audio. Run the audio to the TV's speaker. Make sure your VGA input has auxiliary audio inputs. You'll need a mini-jack to RCA adapter ($2) to get the L/R audio cables.

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