Buying TV, need to know if this will hook up to my Macbook?

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  1. Dynamyk macrumors 6502a

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    I just ordered my Macbook and when I get my new place I would want to attach the Macbook to the TV once in awhile. The TV will mostly be for my 360, and I have my iMac as my desktop but if I'm working on a project for work it would be cool to be able to hook it up.

    Is there anyway to do it?
     
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  3. plinden macrumors 68040

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    Well, yes, without knowing the TV, it's impossible to say exactly. But if the TV has s-video or composite inputs it will be possible with a mini-dvi video adapter, like this - http://store.apple.com/1-800-MY-APPLE/WebObjects/AppleStore.woa/wa/RSLID?mco=6C04E07A&nplm=M9319G/A

    You would also need the cables, since that's just an adapter.

    If the TV is HDMI or DVI, you can get the mini-dvi to dvi connector http://store.apple.com/1-800-MY-APPLE/WebObjects/AppleStore.woa/wa/RSLID?mco=6C04E0D7&nplm=M9321G/B and a dvi cable or a dvi to hdmi cable - http://store.apple.com/1-800-MY-APP...wo/StoreReentry.wo?productLearnMore=TH573LL/A
     
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  5. plinden macrumors 68040

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    That should work. You have HDMI and S-video. With the mini-DVI -> DVI connector and the DVI->HDMI cable, you should be ok.

    Only, I'm not sure about this, but you might need to handle the audio separately ... anyone else know about this? I know my wife's MacBook doesn't send audio via the s-video connector (which is to be expected), but I'm not sure about HDMI.

    Edit: Just checked, DVI->HDMI doesn't carry audio so you'll need a separate audio connector.
     
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  7. plinden macrumors 68040

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    He'll get better quality video with HDMI. Edit: Erk, I just looked at the price of the DVI->HDMI cable I linked to previously. $120 is a bit much. He'll probably get a better quality than VGA with the s-video connector ($20 + $10 for the cable)

    Edit 2: then there's cheaper DVI->HDMI cables like here: http://www.ramelectronics.net/HTML/DVI-hdmi_cables.html#hdmidvi-r2
     

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