can late 2008 macbook work with a TV?

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  1. macswitcha2 macrumors 65816

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    My macbook display is just too small for watching movies at my girl's pad, so I was wondering if I can connect the macbook to her Toshiba TV (non-flat pannel/HD)? What adaptor or connector do I need?
     
  2. McGiord macrumors 601

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    Is a MacBook or a MacBook Pro?

    Here in www.monoprice.com, you can check for different adapters and cables.

    Any Mac can be connected to a TV is just a matter of having the right adapter/cable.

    For example, for a late 2008 MacBook Pro:
    MiniDisplay Port to HDMI
    MiniDisplay Port to VGA
    Audio: TOS link audio to the home theater, or a simple audio cable like from an ipod to a small speaker set.
     
  3. macswitcha2 thread starter macrumors 65816

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    Well, it is an aluminum macbook which they discontinued. In other words, its really a macbook pro but without the firewire port and SD slot.


    I have a Mini DisplayPort to VGA Adapter that I used when doing power point/key note presentations via a projector. Is'nt there something else I need in order for that to work?
     
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    macswitcha2 thread starter macrumors 65816

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    One more thing, in terms of connecting to a basic TV (non-HD, Flat panel), would a Mini DisplayPort to VGA Adapter work? Is there a connector from VGA to the TV? I was looking on monoprice and don't know what to actually look for given that there are hundreds of cables to choose from.
     
  5. mnemonicj macrumors member

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    If your model is the 5,1 (late 2008, which is the one I currently have) yes you can. You can either use an HDMI or a VGA connector. I currently have an HDMI adapter and it works swell, although this model does not support audio throught HDMI.
     
  6. macswitcha2 thread starter macrumors 65816

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    Keep in mind that the TV is basic, just a traditional analogue TV. Do I have to get a converter box?
     
  7. mstrze macrumors 68000

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    You really need to look at the back of the TV and see what connectors there are. It MAY have a VGA input, but probably not. You are asking us some questions that only you can answer.

    See what connections it can accept and go from there.
     
  8. happle macrumors 6502a

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    i have a brand new cable for your macbook that connects to an hdmi cable. ill sell it to you cheap if you want it. pm me
     
  9. mstrze macrumors 68000

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    It's a non-HD TV, it's highly doubtful that it has HDMI.
     

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