Help with connecting MacBook to TV

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by lorentz11, Nov 21, 2009.

  1. lorentz11 macrumors newbie

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    I have a and older model black macbook and the vga and mini dvi adapters but when i hook it up to my sony flatscreen i am not able to see it in the tv as an input ? does any one know how to trouble shoot this or fix my problem? please help !
    Thanks
     
  2. robbieduncan Moderator emeritus

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    1) Titles like Help generally don't work: edit and re-title to something sensible

    2) The TV will never be an input on your MacBook: the port is output only.
     
  3. spinnerlys Guest

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    The Sony TV (or computer display) might have come with a manual, where there should be a description on how to input signals.

    If it's a TV it most likely has HDMI, Video-In (Composite, the yellow one) and Component as input choices, maybe even more.

    Also there will be a channel (AV-Input) dedicated to every input.

    What did you do exactly? What adapters did you use? Only the DVI and VGA ones? Does your TV have one of those as an input?
     
  4. lorentz11 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    sorry about the title but it shows up on my computer but does not show up on the tv ? do u know of any way to fix this? i have a mini dvi adapter and a svga cord
     
  5. AppleNewton macrumors 68000

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    so what cable are you connecting to the television from the MacBook?

    generally it probably has VGA, HDMI.

    Make sure the MacBook display is open when connecting.
    Turn the input on the television to that you plugged it into. so if you plugged into the (lets say) VGA port from the Macbook select the VGA Input on your TV.


    usually it should just read the output from the computer.
     

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