Connecting a MBP to a 32" LCD TV?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by wgilles, Oct 13, 2008.

  1. wgilles macrumors 6502

    wgilles

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    I have a 32" LCD TV w/ HDMI input. I have a DVI to HDMI converter cable and I connected my MBP to the screen and it displayed, but it went off the screen, like the resolution was too big. I tried different resolutions and it didn't work. Anyone have an idea to properly display a MBP on a 32" LCD?
     
  2. Tilpots macrumors 601

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    Make sure your TV isn't set to zoom.
     
  3. wgilles thread starter macrumors 6502

    wgilles

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    Just checked that. It is not set to zoom. I found an option in the display panel on the MBP called "Overscan"
    I unchecked it and it got the whole screen in the TV, but now it doesn't fill the whole TV, vertical or horizontal. Any ideas here?
     
  4. Tilpots macrumors 601

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    Not completely sure, and don't have mine hooked up to my TV to check, but I don't think the dimensions on the MBP screen are the same as on the TV. So it may never fill it completely. But again, I don't have mine hooked up and I haven't for awhile...
     
  5. songa macrumors newbie

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    this is a very big concern of mine as well, and i want to find out the answers before buying a macbook or macbook pro. sorry i cant help you here, but i hope someone on here has the answers and can help us out. i understand that MBP's i think have a 16:10 widescreen with a 1680x1050 resolution (at least for the 15"), but i dont think this matches with most HDTV resolutions. I know many 32" have 720p resolution or others that dont match up with the MBP's. is there a way to get the whole MBP picture on the HDTV without having to stretch the picture or cut it off somewhere? i assume this is possible, but obviously it will probably have some black space on the top and bottom since the MBP resolution is wider than TV's i believe.
     
  6. Michael CM1 macrumors 603

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    I have horrible luck getting my MBP to look normal on two 32" 720p televisions and a 60"ish 1080p. Everything's all blurry and outta whack. I didn't have any problems on the 1080p once I got a video started, but it's a far cry from the simplicity of a regular monitor. My assumption is this is why PC monitors cost more when you compare sizes.
     

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