Can I hookup my MacBook to a Panasonic EDTV?

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  1. illiniry macrumors member

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    I'm a little confused on the whole DVI-HDMI thing. I understand that my MacBook has a mini-DVI port so I need a mini-DVI to DVI adapter. However, I'd like to know what cable I need to hook that up to my Panasonic EDTV, it's a plasma TV I bought about 3 years ago, but it's not HD. Are there non-HD HDMI cables that I can use to connect my MacBook or do I have to use a regular DVI to HDMI cable? Thanks in advance for any advice/suggestions.
     
  2. mcavjame macrumors 65816

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    Depending on the version of your macbook, you might be restricted to RCA. Because you are not saying displayport, I am guessing you don't have one of the recent macbooks. You can get a mini dvi to video adapter. The video adapter has RCA and svideo out. You will have to push the audio out through the headphone port with a mini to RCA y cable.

    All the above is with the assumption that you have component (which is HD btw) and composite (RCA) inputs.
     
  3. illiniry thread starter macrumors member

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    Thanks for the feedback. I actually just bought my MacBook a couple of months ago so I think it has a mini-DVI port right? I'm not sure how to tell. Anyway, what is the difference exactly between a dvi to video adapter and a dvi to hdmi? I looked up my TV specs and it does have an HDMI port on it. Will it work then if I get a mini-DVI to DVI and then DVI to HDMI? Thanks again for your help.
     
  4. jvalenti75 macrumors newbie

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    I have a question on how to hook up my Sony Wega HDTV to my macbook

    Hi All,

    sorry to step in on someone elses post but can anyone help explain how I would go about hooking up my Sony Wega HDTV to my macbook? I know I have a DVI input on my macbook but my HDMI slot on the TV is already hooked up to my cable. Can anyone help me and tell me what I need to purchase and how to hook it up properly?
     
  5. alphaod macrumors Core

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    All DVI-to-HDMI cables are the same. Either they work or they don't.
     
  6. mcavjame macrumors 65816

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    If you have the silver based Macbook, you need a displayport to DVI adapter and then a DVI to HDMI cable. This will not carry the audio, and you will still need the audio Y cable from the headphone port.

    If you have the new White Macbook it still uses the mini DVI to DVI adapter.
     

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