MacBook External Monitor Problem - Please help!

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by Links77, Nov 15, 2006.

  1. Links77 macrumors newbie

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    I have a MacBook with 2.0Ghz CD and 2Gb Ram. I want to hook this up to my tv (32" LCD) to view tv shows bought through iTunes.

    Presumably I can't do this in dual display, but I thought I could use mirror display, but I'm having problems.

    I have a DVI to VGA cable and a VGA to mini DVI adaptor so I thought I could just use those and it would hook up correctly.

    I know the cable works and this should be possible, because I can connect my wife's iBook using her VGA to mini DVI adaptor and it works great, but I want to use Front Row. I also know the VGA to mini DVI adaptor I have works because I use it with a projector at work.

    I'm stumped as to why I can't get any picture at all on my tv? Can you help??

    (Oh, I also tried buying a DVI to DVI cable because I also have a DVI to mini DVI adaptor, but the 2 didn't match, they wouldn't connect, is there different types of DVI connections?)

    If I need to buy a different cable then so be it, but I'm wondering if this is even possible?
     
  2. Unspeaked macrumors 68020

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    Try plugging in the TV, restarting the Mac, going to the Display Preference Pane and selecting "Detect Displays."

    This has worked for me in the past - make sure you do it in this order.
     

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