mflahert2010

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I have a MacBook Pro and a Magnavox HD TV. I have a mini displayport to HDMI cord. I also have a HDMI to VGA cord. My TV does not have HDMI, it has the VGA (PC IN) port, which is why I bought those cords. When I connect everything, and put my TV's input as PC, it says "No video input". Am I doing something wrong? How do I connect my Mac to my TV?
 
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You should use an MDP to VGA adapter instead of two adapters.
Mini DisplayPort (MDP) / Thunderbolt
Mini DisplayPort is the current digital standard on all current Macs to transfer video to an external display or TV. It has been introduced in 10/2008 with the release of the Unibody MacBook and MacBook Pros and has gradually been adopted on all other Macs.
MDP is capable of transmitting video, and since 2010, audio too. MDP is a miniaturised version of DisplayPort. It is also license free and can support resolutions of up to 2560 x 1600, which Mini DVI and Micro DVI are not able to do.
Since 2011, all Macs come with a Thunderbolt port, which is meant for fast data transfer and also as means to connect to an external display device to mirror or extend the Mac's screen.
To learn more about Thunderbolt (TB) and its compatibility with Mini DisplayPort (MDP): Introducing Thunderbolt
MR_video_out_Mac_Mini_DP.png
MDP adapters can be bought online from:
MDP to VGA adapter from Apple
MDP to DVI adapter from Apple
MDP to Dual-Link-DVI adapter from Apple

Moshi Mini DP to HDMI Adapter with Audio Support adapter from the Apple Online Store

Mini DisplayPort + USB to Dual-Link DVI adapter from Monoprice
Mini DisplayPort to DVI adapter from Monoprice
Mini DisplayPort to VGA adapter from Monoprice
Mini DisplayPort to HDMI adapter from Monoprice - *NOTE* This product does NOT support audio for Macs that outputs audio through the Mini DisplayPort.
Mini Displayport Male and USB Male/Toslink Audio to HDMI Female Converting adapter from Monoprice
Mini Displayport Male and USB Male Audio to HDMI Female Converting adapter from Monoprice - *NOTE* Will only support 2 channel stereo. Will not support 5.1 Dolby Surround like the above adapter.

Mini DisplayPort to Mini DisplayPort Cables from Monoprice
Mini DisplayPort to VGA Cables from Monoprice
Mini DisplayPort to DVI Cables from Monoprice
Mini DisplayPort to HDMI Cables from Monoprice

Also of interest: "What is "Mini DisplayPort"? Is it an industry-standard? How is it different from or better than Mini-DVI and Micro-DVI?"
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trikky

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Nov 10, 2011
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I have a MacBook Pro and a Magnavox HD TV. I have a mini displayport to HDMI cord. I also have a HDMI to VGA cord. My TV does not have HDMI, it has the VGA (PC IN) port, which is why I bought those cords. When I connect everything, and put my TV's input as PC, it says "No video input". Am I doing something wrong? How do I connect my Mac to my TV?

You bought an adapter for an adapter? Why not just buy the correct adapter for your needs, and then the VGA cord?

If you're within the return policy for the adapters, return them and get the correct one if you're able. The two you have are useless to you.
 
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