Hooking Up Mini DVI to LCD TV, with audio?

orvn

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So I've been hooking up my 13" Macbook Pro to the TV to watch movies.
I'd like to use the speakers from my TV as an output, but have no idea how.

I currently have a mini DVI to HDMI adapter plugged into my Macbook. The adapter is in my TV's HDMI1 port (there are three). Only issue is that audio is lost, since DVI is a video standard.

Now I have a cable with a minijack on one end and composite audio (red/white stereo) on the other, but I don't really know what do with it, because the HDMI channel on my TV doesn't try to fallback to the composite audio (I think).

Here's a photo of my setup, any advice? (save purchasing an external speaker system, I don't want to do that)


(I've tried plugging in the red/white from the macbook into the two slots on the left, the five wires to the right are video component from my cable receiver box)

 

orvn

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Lynzee005

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In VLC, all I had to do to get audio out of my TV using just the mini DVI to HDMI converter was toggle the audio output from Built-In Audio to HDMI, (Audio->Audio Device->HDMI). Depending on what you're using for playback, I imagine there would be something similar to let you switch back and forth, and reduce all the clutter from extra cables...

Hope that helps!
 

nslyax

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I know this is a bit late, but the ports labeled "DVI Analog Audio" are where you want to connect the audio from your MacBook. Your manual should say which HDMI port matches, or just trial and error, be in 1 or 3.

Also, that adapter you linked to is mini displayport, not miniDVI (at least it is now, may have changed since January).
 

orvn

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why not just buy a thunderbolt to hdmi adapter? or does your model not support it?
Nope, no thunderbolt on this one.

In VLC, all I had to do to get audio out of my TV using just the mini DVI to HDMI converter was toggle the audio output from Built-In Audio to HDMI, (Audio->Audio Device->HDMI). Depending on what you're using for playback, I imagine there would be something similar to let you switch back and forth, and reduce all the clutter from extra cables...

Hope that helps!
Interesting, although I don't think my TV will comply with this set up, audio is lost because I was using DVI, which is a video only port.

I know this is a bit late, but the ports labeled "DVI Analog Audio" are where you want to connect the audio from your MacBook. Your manual should say which HDMI port matches, or just trial and error, be in 1 or 3.

Also, that adapter you linked to is mini displayport, not miniDVI (at least it is now, may have changed since January).
Thanks, it is an mDP, not a mini-DVI. I will look into the analog audio for mDP/mini-DVI, thanks!

This video will show you how i fixed this problem with a mini dvi - VGA cable with a 1/8mm audio cable running along side the VGA cable to cary audio to your tv.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VWfPHbQlcyA
Thanks, I'll check this out!
 

Joeybedbugs

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Here's the best way and cheapest way I researched and just did it successfully. Use the mini dvi to Hdmi cable. It's readily available at best buy or apple store. Hook that up to your Hdmi port on your tv. Now you have video. Take an 1/8th inch stereo audio cable and run it from the Mac audio out jack to the audio in to the tv. You may need an adapter to go to 2 RCA jacks. Consult your owners manual to the tv because it might specify which Hdmi jack has the capability to run seperate audio. All vizio TVs use hdmi2 only. The audio jacks to use are usually right next to the proper Hdmi jack. Important note. Use the Hdmi to mini dvi cable with no other adapters in there. The audio pin is grounded and tells the tv there ain't no audio on the Hdmi jack so the tv goes to the analog audio jacks. Some adapters leave this pin open and the Hdmi circuit still looks for audio. Sony tvs automatically sense the seperate audio signal. You have to read the manual ( I know I hate doing that too). You still set your Mac display settings to mirror.
 

CarreraGuy

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What an awesome and helpfully assembled thread- thanks for the link!

It appears my most favorable solution is to purchase this neat little miniDVI/USB+Audio to HDMI converter. Sweet!


http://www.monoprice.com/products/product.asp?c_id=104&cp_id=10428&cs_id=1042802&p_id=5969&seq=1&format=2
Audio/Video one cable, get this and be done:

http://www.amazon.com/Cable-Matters...358401616&sr=8-1&keywords=hdmi+to+thunderbolt

Works with both mini display port and Thunderbolt.
 

bdodds1985

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Audio/Video one cable, get this and be done:

http://www.amazon.com/Cable-Matters...358401616&sr=8-1&keywords=hdmi+to+thunderbolt

Works with both mini display port and Thunderbolt.
Thats what I was talking about.. but he wouldnt get audio from it if his model doesnt support it. so either way he would have two cables. but yea thats kinda what i thought too... like maybe OP just needed to change the sound output from the 3.5mm audio jack to hdmi/mini dp in settings/sound.
 

ajrt2118

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May 11, 2013
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Simple time saving advice!

Here's the best way and cheapest way I researched and just did it successfully. Use the mini dvi to Hdmi cable. It's readily available at best buy or apple store. Hook that up to your Hdmi port on your tv. Now you have video. Take an 1/8th inch stereo audio cable and run it from the Mac audio out jack to the audio in to the tv. You may need an adapter to go to 2 RCA jacks. Consult your owners manual to the tv because it might specify which Hdmi jack has the capability to run seperate audio. All vizio TVs use hdmi2 only. The audio jacks to use are usually right next to the proper Hdmi jack. Important note. Use the Hdmi to mini dvi cable with no other adapters in there. The audio pin is grounded and tells the tv there ain't no audio on the Hdmi jack so the tv goes to the analog audio jacks. Some adapters leave this pin open and the Hdmi circuit still looks for audio. Sony tvs automatically sense the seperate audio signal. You have to read the manual ( I know I hate doing that too). You still set your Mac display settings to mirror.

I've been searching the web for like an hour and a half trying to figure out how to get this to work and all I had to do was switch the hdmi port. lol I knew I wasn't stupid. I plugged the cable into the headphone jack on the macbook and audio in on the tv, but the missing puzzle was switching the HDMI port. Life Saver!!
 

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