Connecting iMac to TV with VGA port.

Discussion in 'Mac Accessories' started by StephenCampbell, Oct 16, 2010.

  1. StephenCampbell macrumors 65816

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    What is the best way to do this? The iMac has the mini DVI port, and the TV has a female VGA input. What do I have to do in order to connect the two in order to have dual displays?

    Thanks!
     
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  3. StephenCampbell thread starter macrumors 65816

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    Yeah, I think it is the miniDisplayPort thing on the iMac. That link was confusing to me. It doesn't mention going from an iMac to a TV. What will I need to go from the miniDisplayPort to the VGA on the TV? And will that transfer video as well as audio?

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  4. alust2013 macrumors 601

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    You will need a miniDisplayPort to VGA converter and a VGA cable. This will not carry audio as no VGA or DVI cable carries audio.
     
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    That link explains how to go from MiniDisplayPort to VGA, as the MB/Ps use the same MDP port.
    As VGA does not transfer audio, you need a separate cable anyway.

    Btw, MonoPrice and Apple offer MDP to VGA adapter and MonoPrice also offers Male-Male VAG cables, as the MDP to VGA adapter has a female VGA port.
     
  6. StephenCampbell thread starter macrumors 65816

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    Great, thanks. So, for the audio I see I need a 3.5mm to white/red male RCA. The link on that page shows a six foot one, but I need at least thirty feet. Where do I find a long one of those?
     
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    Yes, a male 3.5mm to male RCA (there are also available in black/red) will work. For that length, take a look at www.monoprice.com or any good sorted audio equipment store. Even many of the TV retail chains should have 10m RCA cables.
     
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    Try this website. I have used them in the past, to purchase 75-100ft long ethernet cables, and they are pretty good quality. The only thing is that their standard shipping takes about a week.
     

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