HDMI or VGA connection for MacBook?

Discussion in 'MacBook' started by joe16, Sep 14, 2008.

  1. joe16 macrumors newbie

    joe16

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    hello everyone. i'm looking to hookup my macbook to my 19" Element HDTV so i could watch online content such as hulu. i know what connections i would need to get. my problem is that i don't know if i should get a mini-dvi to vga adapter then a vga cable, or a mini-dvi to dvi adapter then a dvi-hdmi cable. i heard that the hdmi hookup is sometimes sketchy with computers, but it would be nice to have the hi-def quality as well. my tv supports up to a 1440x900 resolution and 720p video. so which hookup should i get? thanks for any feedback :)
     
  2. Tallest Skil macrumors P6

    Tallest Skil

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    Go up, not down. Go for the HDMI. You need either a mini-DVI to HDMI adapter or, if they do not make those, a mini-DVI to DVI adapter, and then either a DVI to HDMI adapter or DVI to HDMI cable (they make those).
     
  3. fedup flyer macrumors regular

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    I hooked my MacBook up to my 42" 1080p Samsung LCD TV and I can say I prefered a 15 pin VGA connection over HDMI. On my tv with HDMI I don't get full screen usage. There is a 2"-3" border on each side of the screen and it kinda annoyed me and I had no way to directly hook up audio to the tv with hdmi (my surround sound receiver is on the fritz). With VGA, I was able to display the full resoultion of my tv with no borders and use the audio input for the tv. Be warned though, you need a 15 pin VGA cable to support high resolutions. If I remember correctly, I couldn't get above 1200x800 with a standard VGA cable.
     

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