HDMI Adapter for Old Mac Book Pro

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by rhymobot, Jul 15, 2013.

  1. rhymobot macrumors newbie

    Jul 15, 2013

    I'm not a mac guy but my bro in law has a mac book pro that's a few years old. He knows almost nothing about computers.

    I suggested to him that he should hook up his mac book to his flat screen to watch movies. I tried some movies from my usb stick on his mac book and they work fine.

    Here is what the ports on his mac book look like:


    Is there an hdmi adapter for one of these ports? If so, do you have a link to a site that sells it?
  2. Interstella5555 macrumors 603


    Jun 30, 2008
    DVI-->HDMI is what you need, I'm pretty sure it won't support audio though.


    Actually, let me back up a second, I would start with DVI--->VGA if his TV has a VGA connection, an older computer is likely going to struggle with HD resolution [which is the most benefit to hooking up through HDMI].
  3. ramram55 macrumors 6502a

    Jul 27, 2012
    Use audio cable male to male should work one end of the cable from mbp audio jack to tv audio jack, should do it.
    Press F1 and command key to mirror display, when connected. here is the link
  4. rhymobot thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jul 15, 2013

    Thanks. I will have to ask him if he has a VGA port on the TV..

    Anyone know what kind of cable I need for the audio?
  5. Interstella5555 macrumors 603


    Jun 30, 2008
    Any 3.5mm to stereo will do the trick [headphone looking to red/white].
  6. rhymobot thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jul 15, 2013
  7. rhymobot thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jul 15, 2013
    So I had my bro in law look at his TV. He said he didn't see a VGA port. But there are definitely audio/video jacks and an HDMI slot as seen here:


    So as someone suggested before, I think I'll need to try DVI to HDMI adapter. And then run audio cable like this:


    So, can you please look at these links and tell me if one or all of these adapters should work? I would then use my existing HDMI cable and give it to him.

    This is free shipping so under 2 bucks total:

    This would be under 6 bucks total:

    This I could buy in store and return if things don't work out:

    Could also return this one to store if need. This one is expensive:
  8. rhymobot thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jul 15, 2013

    So I ordered these for my friend:

    DVI to HDMI cable:

    Audio cable:

    When he plugged in the video cable and pressed Input on the TV to "Other", the video immediately worked and his laptop was displaying on the TV.

    However, the audio is not working. It's still coming from his macbook even though the audio cable is going from his headphone jack to the correct colored audio jacks in the TV.

    He has pressed input several times to go from different modes on the TV back to "Other" and still the audio won't come form the TV.

    He has tried plugging the cable into both of those audio jacks on the macbook.

    Is there some setting that has to be changed on the macbook to get the audio to pass through to the TV?

    Monoprice is now telling me he needs this:

    But my friend already spent 20 bucks with the other stuff.
  9. leon771 macrumors regular

    Sep 17, 2011
    I don't believe you can get audio on the TV the way you have it as the video is going to the HDMI input (video 3), but you're sending the audio to a different input (video 2). You'll need the all in one adapter. It's odd that the audio is coming from the MBP even with a cable plugged in as it should think it has headphones or speakers plugged in.
  10. rhymobot thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jul 15, 2013
    you could be right. i wish someone had told me this on the 3 forums i posted to regarding this. everyone said this original set up should work. now monoprice said the same thing about the all in one. wish they had told me too because i specifically asked them if this set up would work and they said yes.
  11. B... macrumors 68000


    Mar 7, 2013

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