hooking up mbp to tv

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by phibe1, Dec 13, 2010.

  1. phibe1 macrumors member

    Apr 28, 2010
    I have a TV whose back looks like the gif i have attached. I have an mini-dp to vga adaptor. I am trying to hook it up to the tv, what kind of cable should I use? I bought a VGA to DVI cable but that didnt fit into the white plug... So I am trying to see what other cable I should use? It needs to work for my mbp and for my dumb dell desktop too... I need one that is like 15 feet in order to work.

    Thanks in advance !

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  2. thinkinblue613 macrumors 6502


    Dec 13, 2010
    Planet Earth
    I'm pretty sure the top part is for computers. Have you tried doing that?

    I heard the newer HDTV's have a HDMI cable that can connect to the mini dp already.
  3. phibe1 thread starter macrumors member

    Apr 28, 2010
    I tried a VGA to DVI cable and it wouldnt fit in that white plug. It had too many pins and the plug on the TV has a vertical portion? its confusing me

    This TV doesnt have HDMI in, or it would have solved my problem...
  4. alust2013, Dec 14, 2010
    Last edited: Dec 14, 2010

    alust2013 macrumors 601


    Feb 6, 2010
    On the fence
    You may need to get a MDP to DVI adapter and a regular DVI cable, and that looks like it's a DVI-D port.

    @thinkinblue, those won't quite work for the user's computer

    EDIT - I looked closer at the picture and I'm not exactly sure what sort of DVI port that is. You may want to check out the user manual for that
  5. penter macrumors 6502a


    Jun 15, 2006
    hi phibe1
    read the post above mine. Indeed, there are different types of DVI ports/cables.
    Unfortunately, DVI cables are rarely labeled properly.
    Wikipedia has some illustrations. some have a plus (+) sign looking set of pins at the left, while others have a minus (-) looking pin.
  6. henhowc macrumors regular

    Jun 12, 2007
    Los Angeles, CA
    Looks like a DVI-D port. Look for a VGA to DVI-D converter?

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