connect macbook to older TV models (KP-57WS520)

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  1. kanu724 macrumors newbie

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    I recently bought a macbook (released in Fall 2009). I want to connect it to my television, but have no clue how. I tried to do my research before asking this question but almost all the things I found are with the HDMI output thing in the TV. My TV does not have that; my TV is one of the older sony TV models with the rear projection (KP-57WS520). Please help me!!!!! I would really appreciate it!

    Thank-you!!!!!!!!!!!!!
     
  2. Peace macrumors Core

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    You can get a mini-displayort to VGA adapter.

    That's all I have since you didn't say what kind of connectors you have on the back of your tv.

    According to the tech specs that model has HDMI

    The set offers 2 different digital video interfaces: a Digital Visual Interface (DVI-HDTV) and an HDMI (High-Definition Multimedia Interface), each of which permits a direct digital connection with a compatible DTV set-top box. Other connections include 2 component-video inputs, 4 composite-video inputs, 3 S-video inputs (with 1 each composite-/S-video on the front panel for ready connection to a camcorder or gaming console), and 2 RF coaxial inputs and 1 coaxial output for hookup with an older VCR, cable box, or antenna.
     
  3. kanu724 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    I will post a picture of the back of my TV tomorrow! Thanks a lot for the quick reply. I am new to this forum! :)
     
  4. NewMacbookPlz macrumors 68040

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    http://www.docs.sony.com/reflib/doc..._id=1&region_id=1&DL=',600,560,10,10,'Manuals'


    That's the user manual for your TV. It appears you don't have any VGA inputs, but do have an HDMI in that has a set of stereo RCA jacks associated with it for a non-HDMI audio feed. Page 12 has this image.

    You with that, you have a few choices:

    1) MiniDisplayPort-->DVI dongle, and then a DVI-->HDMI cable for video. For audio you'd need a 3.5mm mini-jack to RCA cable (easy and cheap to find) for audio.

    2) MiniDisplayPort-->HDMI dongle (From monoprice) and an HDMI cable for video, with the aforementioned audio solution.

    3) Monoprice sells an active adapter that takes your MiniDisplayport and USB audio and outputs a single HDMI feed (http://www.monoprice.com/products/p...=10428&cs_id=1042802&p_id=5969&seq=1&format=2) For this, you'd buy the listed adapter and then an HDMI cable of the appropriate length.

    Some people have mentioned issues with the solution I listed in #2 for the video feed, I think it's TV dependent. I have solution #1 in use at my apartment to connect my computer to my Samsung LCD TV and it works wonderfully, never had an issue.

    Hope this will help!!

    Here's a thread dedicated to solving issues just like yours, it contains multiple product links and whatnot: http://forums.macrumors.com/showthread.php?p=8536817 What I've said above sums up all the details of the linked thread, but yeah...more info for you!
     
  5. ceccawoody macrumors newbie

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    macbookpro to tv

    HI
    I have a macbook pro and I need to connect it to my old tv (the model is Daewoo DDT-21H9S )
    what do I need to buy?

    thanks a lot !
     
  6. NewMacbookPlz macrumors 68040

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    1) Look on your TV and figure out what ports you have
    2) Use this thread to find applicable products: http://forums.macrumors.com/showthread.php?p=8536817
     
  7. LD220 macrumors member

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    Hi. I was hoping that maybe someone could help me with a similar problem. I've looked all over, but haven't found the answer I need. I have an old Panasonic TV that only has RCA inputs and an early 2008 Macbook. I was wondering if I could use a mini-dvi to vga adapter
    (http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=260495113296&ssPageName=STRK:MEWAX:IT)
    and then something like this
    (http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=200432770741&ssPageName=STRK:MEWAX:IT)
    to connect it to my TV. I wasn't sure if I needed a special converter for VGA to composite or if that adapter would do the trick. I know that I could buy a mini dvi to composite adapter for $20, but I wasn't sure what the picture would be like and I didn't want to waste the $20 if it wasn't worth it. It seems that mini dvi to vga adapters are much cheaper, so if the quality wasn't great I wouldn't really care. Thanks!
     
  8. chill. macrumors 6502

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    you probably want your first link, then something like this

    http://www.amazon.com/Premium-Component-Cable-7-62-Black/dp/B000QEDE76
     
  9. Pax macrumors 6502a

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    Depends if the inputs on your TV are component or composite
    Composite is usually yellow (at least here in Europe) and is a single socket
    Component is usually 3 colours and is 3 separate sockets

    If your TV is definitely composite then the 3 RCA component cable won't work. The one in your original post should work, I think. Picture quality won't be fantastic though.
     
  10. LD220 macrumors member

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    Thanks. Yeah, it's definitely only composite inputs, not component. The TV is fairly old and currently I don't have the funds to buy a new one. I really just want to be able to connect my laptop to watch movies and video. I don't need stunning HD quality. I was just worried about the conversion from VGA to composite. I couldn't tell from other posts if I needed something more than what I posted in my original message. Will the TV be able to pick up the signal from the laptop? I read that people were having trouble because of the difference between progressive and interlaced (not that I completely understand), but will that not be a problem here?
     
  11. NewMacbookPlz macrumors 68040

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    If you check the thread I linked to up above, twice, you'll find what you need.
     
  12. LD220 macrumors member

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    Yes, I already saw that link, but it doesn't quite have the information I need. I want to know if I can use a Mini-DVI to VGA adapter and then use one of those cheap VGA to composite adapters to connect my 2008 Macbook to my old Panasonic TV. The link you posted just has the general hookups, which I already know how to do. Thanks anyway.
     
  13. Pax macrumors 6502a

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    Re progressive vs interlaced etc, I don't know. It probably depends on the specifics of the TV. You might have to bite the bullet and spend the $$$$ to find out.
     
  14. NewMacbookPlz macrumors 68040

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    The link I posted also has a link to a product that will convert VGA to composite, which is a box, not a simple cable it seems. For your model, it'll be easier to just buy Apple's Mini-DVI-->video adapter, which has composite and s-video outputs. http://store.apple.com/us/product/M9319G/A
     

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