MacBook to TV, HELP!

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  1. iDmitry macrumors member

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    Alright so I want to connect my MacBook to my HDTV and I don't know what kind of cable I need, I know my TV can be a computer screen because it has the button "PC" on the remote control which takes me to a blank screen <duh> Ok, anyways, anyone ever done this? What do I have to do? Any help is appreciated, I wanna use my TV as a screen. :confused:
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  2. eddietr macrumors 6502a

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    What types of connectors do you have available on the back of your display?

    Mine, for example, all have HDMI. And I use an HDMI to DVI cable to connect to them.
     
  3. pjarvi macrumors 65816

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    You will need one of the Mini-DVI cables.

    Either Mini-DVI to VGA

    or

    Mini-DVI to DVI
     
  4. overanalyzer macrumors 6502a

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    On my TV, there are two options: VGA and DVI. The DVI is actually a mode of the HDMI input. So I use a DVI to HDMI cable. If DVI is an option, you should use that over VGA. I can't give you any more specific information without knowing what inputs your TV has, though. I'd suggest consulting your TV's manual or Googling for the manual online.
     
  5. iDmitry thread starter macrumors member

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    Ok thanks guys, here are the inputs that I have, hopefully you can tell me what cable is best to use.

    1 x RCA(A/V Composite), 1 x S-Video(S-Video), 1 x HDMI(HDMI)
     
  6. eddietr macrumors 6502a

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    Best option is HDMI.

    Your computer should have come with a DVI adapter. From that, you would just need a DVI to HDMI cable.

    Our Sony TV's in fact came with that cable already (DVI <-> HDMI). But our Pioneer did not.
     
  7. iDmitry thread starter macrumors member

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    I don't think I have a DVI input on my MacBook, unless I can't find it lol
     
  8. iDmitry thread starter macrumors member

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    well I have a mini DVI input on my MacBook but do they sell minidvi to hdmi cables?
     
  9. eddietr macrumors 6502a

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    My mistake, the DVI adapter is sold separately on the MacBooks, according to this page:

    http://www.apple.com/macbook/specs.html

    But still, you should have a mini-DVI port on the computer itself.
     
  10. eddietr macrumors 6502a

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    Not that I'm aware of. But you can get a mini-DVI to DVI adapter, and then use a DVI to HDMI cable.
     

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