Thunderbolt to hdmi help!

Discussion in 'MacBook Air' started by nood1es, Aug 11, 2011.

  1. nood1es macrumors member

    Jul 13, 2011
    Got a 42'' vizio that I'm trying to connect with my new 11'' mba. Im using the kanex mini display port to hdmi. Only thing I can see is just the wallpaper and nothing else. No icons or sound coming from tv..but sound and everything works normal on mba. As if nothing happens, just a quick blue screen then back to normal. Help would be greatly appreciated!! Thanks.
  2. codencis macrumors newbie

    Jun 18, 2011
    You need to go into System Preferences > Displays > Arrangement > Mirror Displays.
    That will mirror whatever is on your MBA to your TV. What you had set up before was: Your Mac was using your TV as an external monitor; if you were to drag a window to the left hand side of your MacBook Air you would have seen that window appear on your TV.

    If you want sound to come out of your TV you have to go to
    System Preferences > Sound > Output then select your TV from the list.

  3. nood1es thread starter macrumors member

    Jul 13, 2011
    Ohhhhhhhh ha! Shows how much of a mac newbie I am. First time owning a mac, and first time in 15 years i've used one again.
  4. jason.siegel macrumors 6502

    Jun 15, 2011
    You don't have to use the mirror display. You can also drag windows off the screen to the right (by default), and they'll appear on the TV.
  5. misterneums macrumors 6502

    Nov 2, 2009
    Have fun!
  6. Queen6 macrumors 604


    Dec 11, 2008
    Land of the Unexpected
    Go into System Preferences > Displays > Arrangement dont check mirror, arrange the display icons so that primary display is on the TV. When you are plugged in the the 42 it will be primary, on the go OS X wil revert the primary to the built in LCD...

    You get more work space, and dont need to think about changing the display settings as OS X will handle it for you :cool:

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