Problems connecting MacBook to HDTV via HDMI

Discussion in 'Mac Pro' started by westcoastsci, May 6, 2010.

  1. westcoastsci macrumors newbie

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    Hi,

    I've purchased all the cables to connect my MacBook to my HDTV. Is there any software I need to use in order to make a connection? When it's set up, all I see is a picture of the desktop, but no icons or mouse pointer etc?

    It seems like the TV is getting a signal, but not showing a picture?

    Thanks!
     
  2. spinnerlys Guest

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    System Preferences > Displays > Arrangement

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    MIRROR DISPLAYS will mirror your MB's internal display onto the TV.

    What you have now, is an extended display.



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  3. nearlynormal macrumors newbie

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    Problems connecting to HDTV via HDMI

    I had exactly the same problem, and the answer from spinnerlys was the only one I could find on the web -thanks very much.
    However, I don't know if I'm giving myself away as a newbie (which I am, 3rd day owning a Mac!) but there was one extra piece of information needed, the Arrangement tab only appears when the Mac & TV are connected. I spent some time searching for the missing tab prior to connecting!
     

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