How to hook up Macbook to a projector...

iViking

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I'm thinking of getting a new Macbook because of its durability.

I currently use my MBP at school and with the included adapter, can hook it up to the digital projector in the classroom for Powerpoint presentations. It's the adapter that has a serial port adapter on one end.

How would i hook up the Macbook to the projector?
 

dejo

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I'm thinking of getting a new Macbook because of its durability.

I currently use my MBP at school and with the included adapter, can hook it up to the digital projector in the classroom for Powerpoint presentations. It's the adapter that has a serial port adapter on one end.

How would i hook up the Macbook to the projector?
I assume by "serial port adapter" you mean a VGA connection. In that case: Apple Mini-DVI to VGA Adapter
 
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GavinTing

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If Serial Port is one of those with many pins, usually blue-ish in colour, you would want the mini-dvi - VGA adapter :)

edit: darn lag, dejo beat me to it =)
 
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iViking

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If Serial Port is one of those with many pins, usually blue-ish in colour, you would want the mini-dvi - VGA adapter :)

edit: darn lag, dejo beat me to it =)
I'm not sure what it is. I just referred to it as a serial port because it looks like those old serial port mice that some of us used when we endured the hardships of using a PC ten years ago...
 
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xUKHCx

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Thanks!

Is it included with the Macbook?
What's in the box
• MacBook
• 60W MagSafe Power Adapter, AC wall plug, and power cord
• Lithium-polymer battery
• Apple Remote
• Install/restore DVDs
• Printed and electronic documentation

So no.
 
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iViking

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OK, the cord I use for my MBP is the DVI to VGA adapter,
so I guess I'm looking for the VGA adapter that works on a Macbook.
 
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dejo

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OK, the cord I use for my MBP is the DVI to VGA adapter,
so I guess I'm looking for the VGA adapter that works on a Macbook.
And realize that the MacBook has a Mini-DVI port whereas the MacBook Pro comes with a regular DVI port. You might want to browse around Apple's MacBook pages. There's a ton of info there.
 
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GavinTing

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OK, the cord I use for my MBP is the DVI to VGA adapter,
so I guess I'm looking for the VGA adapter that works on a Macbook.
Yes, the macbook equivalent would be the mini dvi to vga, that was linked to by dejo. 19 bucks from the online store
 
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CashGap

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Here's hoping that your project just works first try, but come back to this thread if it doesn't.

I have all the video adapters for my MBP, and I've hooked to many different types of TVs, monitors, etc. using SVGA, S-Video, Composite Out, and another I can't recall.

All flawlessly and effortlessly.

But when I hooked to an SVGA HP projector, I could NOT get anything to display, I tried everything. Finally, to test output, I attached an SVGA LCD monitor. It worked, I switched to the projector, and it worked. I tested many times, and it seems as if that particular MBP would not detect the presence of that particular HP Projector through that particular adapter, but attaching an SVGA LCD would cause the MBP to output a signal that remained even when I switched to the projector.

This may be a problem with this combination, or one of the particular pieces of hardware I used, but FYI if you get stuck.
 
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Newbie in VA

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Need help getting projector to show desktop

I purchased the mini-DVI adapter for my MacBook and Optoma projector. They are hooked together, but I can't get the projector to "see" the computer. The book is no help. Any suggestions?
 
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JML42691

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It sounds like it is currently set up to do dual displays, so: In system prefs, go to "Displays" and in the tab for other displays, check the box that says to "mirror displays".
 
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