Connecting Macbook Pro to Sony TV

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by meaghani, Sep 2, 2011.

  1. meaghani macrumors newbie

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    Hello!

    I should start off straight away that while I have a working knowledge of my computer, I know next to nothing about televisions, although I've attempted some research.

    I am trying to connect my Macbook Pro (purchased in 2010, so it is unibody) to a Sony Bravia television and just have a few quick questions.

    First off, the TV has HDMI IN but it also has s-video and composite IN capabilities. As my computer uses mini-DVI, I wondered if this http://store.apple.com/us/product/M9319G/A?mco=MTY3ODQ5OTY cable would be enough, as I'm finding it difficult to track down a mini-DVI to HDMI cable, plus, you know, it's cheap.

    As for audio, I realize that I would have to buy a separate cord for that so any suggestions? This is probably a stupid question but could I use just a regular old auxiliary cord?

    Thank you in advance for your accommodating dumbed down explanations!
     
  2. killerrobot macrumors 68020

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    Yes that adaptor would work. And yes, any regular auxiliary cord that will plug into the MBP audio out will work.

    I don't have a Bravia, so check how your inputs work- make sure if you have SVideo selected for input, that the audio will still transfer through the MBP. (I imagine it should seeing as how it's absent audio)
     
  3. meaghani thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Thank you!
     
  4. meaghani thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Although, there are lots of reviews under that cable that say it won't work with new Macbook Pros. Something to do with changing the DVI output?

    Any other cheap(ish) alternatives to connect it?

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    I'm an idiot. I appear to have confused mini DVI with mini displayport.

    Oooookay, back to the drawing board.
     
  5. killerrobot macrumors 68020

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    As long you're sure you have a mini-DVI output then it will work fine. The problem is that there's also just a DVI output (usually on older machines) and the new machines just have a DisplayPort. It looks like most the people that complain about it are people don't always pay attention to what it is that they actually need.

    If still in doubt here are other forms/threads to read:
    http://forums.macrumors.com/showthread.php?t=1066239
    http://store.apple.com/us/question/answers/product/MB572Z/A?pqid=Q9TUY94P9D9XCKCHDAA7F47AKK4DD2AJH
    https://discussions.apple.com/thread/2497903?start=0&tstart=0
     
  6. meaghani thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Turns out I had a mini DisplayPort. I ended up buying this http://www.monoprice.com/products/p..._id=1042802&p_id=5311&seq=1&format=4#feedback and I'm pretty sure it'll work well. The reviews are very positive and I saw a few comments that said their 2010 Macbook Pro worked beautifully with it. Plus I already an HDMI to HDMI cable for the TV. And it was a quarter of the price of the Moshi one on the Apple site where every single review I read said that the cable is poor quality and will break after a month even if you're really careful. I'm thinking it's meant to be. ;)
     

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