mac mini to TV connection help.

Discussion in 'Mac mini' started by BradleyGaulden, Aug 17, 2008.

  1. BradleyGaulden macrumors member

    Feb 14, 2008
    hey all!

    i have been in the marget for a tv for my bedroom for sometime. and since my monitor for my mini died a few days ago (more like fell down the stairs and blew up:eek: ) and i was like yes! another item for my argument to get a tv! lol any who long story short i called walmart and they had a 37" magnavox HD LCD for 400 bux! it was a steal! so of course i took the deal, and excitedly took it home and mounted it on the wall. now i knew it was to good to be true, although it came with a HDMI port, only enough for my xbox, i didnt have a VGA to hook up a computer.


    so i was wondering if there is a way i can hook my mini up to the TV without a VGA port, like a converter. i think the only ports left are the composite ones.

    i think that there is a way to use the HDMI port but then that would pose the problem of having to unplug my xbox everytime im on the computer, and that would be really annoying.

    i dont know if this would help but
    the model number is

    and the serial number is

    thanks all!!

  2. iPhil macrumors 68040


    Quick but expensive solution is buy a hdmi switch.

    Then use dvi to hdmi cable and 3.5 to 3.5mm sound cable for audio..

    Switch away on hdmi switch .. :)
  3. BradleyGaulden thread starter macrumors member

    Feb 14, 2008

    that sounds goodm there's some good deals on HDMI splitters on amazon,

    the 3.5mm cable thing, why does that have to carry the audio, i thought that HDMI carried sound and video?
  4. iPhil macrumors 68040


    'cause dvi doesn't carry audio. Mini doesn't have hdmi port that's why you need a DVI - hdmi cable to hdmi switch, if you got alot hdmi items for tv.
    3.5mm cable for audio unless you want excellent audio then you need a toslink

    DVI = Digital video path..
    Hdmi= Digital video/Audio combine path..
  5. belunos macrumors member

    Aug 10, 2008
    I've found to be the best place to buy audio/video accessories. They would be happy to help you with any questions you may have, and the prices are nearly unbeatable. I don't work for them or anything, but I've bought a ton of stuff from there and never had any problems.
  6. BOSS10L macrumors 6502a

    Jan 13, 2008
    Upstate NY
    +1 for Monoprice. They are awesome.
  7. qor1979 macrumors newbie

    Aug 24, 2008
    LCD tv from Walmart? Why man? They're cheaper there for a reason. $800 at Bestbuy would have gotten you at least 2 HDMI ports, a VGA and better picture quality. What happens when something goes wrong with your Brand X Walmart TV? They don't have PRPs like Bestbuy does. If I were you, I'd box that paperweight back up, return it and save for the better brand.

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