LED TV connection

jogl

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Apr 4, 2011
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Hi all - I'm having a few problems connecting my macbook pro to a TV.

I've got a samsung LED which has HDMI and VGA input. When i connect my laptop it doesn't show on the screen, or in the displays on the macbook.

As i only have a display port to DVI adaptor, i've tried;

Displayport/DVI --> DVI to VGA converter & VGA Lead
Displayport/DVI --> DVI to HDMI lead

neither seem to produce an image. Connecting a PC laptop VGA --> VGA works fine. So...is it my connection or something i'm doing wrong?

Just as one more troubleshooting point - connecting a DVI monitor works fine.

any info would be great. Cheers!
 
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Too many adapters.
Either use an MDP > VGA adapter or MDP > HDMI adapter.
Mini DisplayPort (MDP) / Thunderbolt
Mini DisplayPort is the current digital standard on all current Macs to transfer video to an external display or TV. It has been introduced in 10/2008 with the release of the Unibody MacBook and MacBook Pros and has gradually been adopted on all other Macs.
MDP is capable of transmitting video, and since 2010, audio too. MDP is a miniaturised version of DisplayPort. It is also license free and can support resolutions of up to 2560 x 1600, which Mini DVI and Micro DVI are not able to do.
Since 2011, all Macs come with a Thunderbolt port, which is meant for fast data transfer and also as means to connect to an external display device to mirror or extend the Mac's screen.
To learn more about Thunderbolt (TB) and its compatibility with Mini DisplayPort (MDP): Introducing Thunderbolt
MDP adapters can be bought online from:
MDP to VGA adapter from Apple
MDP to DVI adapter from Apple
MDP to Dual-Link-DVI adapter from Apple

Moshi Mini DP to HDMI Adapter with Audio Support adapter from the Apple Online Store

Mini DisplayPort + USB to Dual-Link DVI adapter from Monoprice
Mini DisplayPort to DVI adapter from Monoprice
Mini DisplayPort to VGA adapter from Monoprice
Mini DisplayPort to HDMI adapter from Monoprice
Mini Displayport Male and USB Male/Toslink Audio to HDMI Female Converting adapter from Monoprice
Mini Displayport Male and USB Male Audio to HDMI Female Converting adapter from Monoprice - *NOTE* Will only support 2 channel stereo. Will not support 5.1 Dolby Surround like the above adapter.

Mini DisplayPort to Mini DisplayPort Cables from Monoprice
Mini DisplayPort to VGA Cables from Monoprice
Mini DisplayPort to DVI Cables from Monoprice
Mini DisplayPort to HDMI Cables from Monoprice

Also of interest: "What is "Mini DisplayPort"? Is it an industry-standard? How is it different from or better than Mini-DVI and Micro-DVI?"
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jogl

macrumors member
Original poster
Apr 4, 2011
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Thanks for your answer although it was the obvious one!

Is there any way of making the current setup work so I dont have to spend another £20 on an adaptor?
 
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heisenberg123

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Oct 31, 2010
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Thanks for your answer although it was the obvious one!

Is there any way of making the current setup work so I dont have to spend another £20 on an adaptor?
an adapter is an adapter no secret riddle to making them work, if your current adapter does not work you obviously need a different one

http://www.monoprice.com/products/product.asp?c_id=104&cp_id=10428&cs_id=1042802&p_id=5311&seq=1&format=2

this one is only $5.70USD not sure what it would be with shipping to europe but there must be a european distributor that you can find a similar price

if you need to connect to your external display/tv than its really not much money, if your intention was to only use it once than i see your point
 
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