32 inch LCD TV HDMI setup with 13 inch Macbook

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  1. tims13inchmac macrumors newbie

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    Hi All,

    Firstly I should say that I am a Mac novice so please excuse me if my questions are naive.

    I am trying to use my HD Sansui 32 inch LCD TV as a monitor for my Macbook. I can't work out how to set it up properly.

    My macbook is running OS X 10.5.8. My TV supports 1920 * 1080 HDMI 60Htz NTSC and various other resolutions.

    I am using a mini DVI to DVI adapter and then a HDMI lead to the tv.

    Problem one is that when I switch the Macbook on and close the lid nothing comes up on the TV screen (meaning it is supposed to only driving one screen, the TV) . If I do this with the VGA connection it will. Momentarily the apple symbol will come up and the little circle below it but then my TV says signal not supported.

    If I have the Macbook lid open when I switch the computer on both screens will work and I can select 1080P, however it is very grainy and not pleasant to read text. I think it looks better using the VGA. I have heard of people getting nice crisp display with HDMI so I am wondering if I am missing something? Is there any other software that can be used to get better results?

    Which text smoothing settings should I use? Are there other settings?

    I am using it on my desk so I guess it is about 2 foot from me.

    I will post my display details in a minute but my computer details are the following:

    2.2 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo
    1 GB 667 MHz DDR2 SdRam
     
  2. tims13inchmac thread starter macrumors newbie

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    My display details

    Intel GMA X3100:

    Chipset Model: GMA X3100
    Type: Display
    Bus: Built-In
    VRAM (Total): 144 MB
    Vendor: Intel (0x8086)
    Device ID: 0x2a02
    Revision ID: 0x0003
    Displays:

    Color LCD:
    Resolution: 1280 x 800
    Depth: 32-Bit Color
    Core Image: Hardware Accelerated
    Main Display: Yes
    Mirror: Off
    Online: Yes
    Quartz Extreme: Supported
    Built-In: Yes

    CHD_LCD01:
    Resolution: 1920 x 1080 @ 60 Hz
    Depth: 32-Bit Color
    Core Image: Hardware Accelerated
    Mirror: Off
    Online: Yes
    Quartz Extreme: Supported
    Rotation: Supported
    Television: Yes
     
  3. Xapphire13 macrumors regular

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    1. Why not just use DVI? Most HD TV's have DVI
    2. Are you waking your mac up when its closed?
     
  4. tims13inchmac thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Dvi

    I just checked and my TV has the following inputs but no DVI input:

    s video
    YPbPr
    VGA
    HDMI

    I am waking up my Macbook when closed. Momentarily it also says input is 720P but then it switches to 1080P but then goes to "unrecognised signal". Strange that it will work with both screens.
     
  5. tims13inchmac thread starter macrumors newbie

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    32 inch TV LCD as display

    For anyone who is interested I switched back to VGA and chose a 1280 * 768. It is clearer but the text size is pretty big.

    If anyone knows a way to get HDMI working please let me know...
     

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