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    Default How do i connect my Macbook Pro to a tv or monitor?

    I want to wall mount a tv or monitor and connect my mac to. I don't want AppleTV cause i want to be able to go on the internet and what not. some questions:

    -Which is best monitor or tv?
    -What kind of cord do i need? ( my mac came with a something to VGA cord. its really short)
    -If a monitor is better were can i buy one that is as glossy as my mac? My parents have a dell monitor and it is so sad compared to my mac.

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    The latest unibody MBP or the previous MBP?

    Mine (the previous) output socket is DVI.
    There are two dongles available, the first can output analog video (RCA or S-VIDEO) the other dongle at a better VGA.

    The Unibodys output socket is MICRO-DVI.
    There are three dongles avilable, between them they can output MICRO-DVI, DVI or VGA.

    Basically, an older MBP can easily play on an older TV, whereas the newer models will only play on the latest TV's. If you want to play vice versa you will probably need to look into a scan converter.

    So, buy a TV / laptop accordingly

    See the dongles for yourself here:
    Video Devices - Apple Store (Australia)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Donnie Darko View Post

    The Unibodys output socket is MICRO-DVI.
    There are three dongles avilable, between them they can output MICRO-DVI, DVI or VGA.
    Micro DVI or mini display port?
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    I dunno

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    The unibody is mini-DisplayPort.

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    Ugh.

    So much mis-information.

    The current "unibody" portable macs have Mini DisplayPort. This can be converted to "normal" DisplayPort, DVI, HDMI or VGA.

    All MacBook and MacBookPro models prior to the "Unibody" models, have either DVI or mini-DVI which can be adapted to DVI (in the case of mini-DVI) VGA, and HDMI.

    (I just re-read the thread title)
    Look at this image:

    If your MacBook Pro has the connector on the LEFT you have a DVI port.
    If your MacBook Pro has the connector on the RIGHT you have a Mini DisplayPort.

    For the sake of the following, i'm only talking about flat-panel LCD/Plasma TVs.

    I've yet to hear about a TV having DisplayPort, so your options are pretty much HDMI, DVI or VGA. I'd be surprised if you could find a TV these days without several HDMI inputs. Most will also have a VGA input (often referred to as "PC input") and you *might* be able to find one with DVI input.

    There are/were apparently some issues with using HDMI from a Mac in relation to correct resolution/aspect etc. I don't know how relevant this is any more, but some of the cheaper displays that have a native res of 1366x768 will report a resolution of 1024x768 and thus the image is screwed up. Apps like SwitchResX *may* be able to get around this.

    There is no "best" monitor or TV. it depends what you want to watch, what your budget is, how big the room is, how much light is in the room, etc.
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    mine has a dvi port and i just run a dvi->hdmi adapter ($3 from ebay) and the mac does everything else for me as soon as its plugged in. couldn't be easier

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    Keep in mind you will need to run a separate cable for audio if you need sound
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    Quote Originally Posted by cplicious View Post
    Keep in mind you will need to run a separate cable for audio if you need sound
    MacBook Users Rejoice: The Kanex Mini DisplayPort To HDMI Adapter Includes Audio | Gizmodo Australia

    "Frustratingly, Mini DisplayPort doesn’t include audio, so to get sound when outputting to an HDTV using HDMI, you’d need to use yet another cable. This adapter uses USB for audio, so you get the full A/V with just one cable.

    Though HDMI is capable of handling both audio and video, the Mini DisplayPort on MacBooks is not—a definite source of annoyance for MacBook users. The Kanex adapter gets sound from USB, like one of those teeny external sound cards, and merges it into the video it gets from Mini DisplayPort, so on the other end, your HDTV gets both audio and video from HDMI, up to 1080p resolution. It’s a simple solution, though of course not as elegant as if Apple would just put a damn HDMI-out in their MacBooks, so if you’re showing a lot of HD video content, this could be a real life-saver.

    The clumsily (if descriptively) named “Mini DisplayPort to HDMI adaptor with USB digital audio” from Kanex (a line from Apogee, makers of various high-end A/V products) will be available this August for an undisclosed price. "

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    wow, i wish i had read this thread before yesterday when i bought the HDMI converter for my uni-body mac. And yes, I have had to connect another cable for sound to my TV. when this KANEX thing is released, can we please have a BIG sign on mactalk that its available... or (more likely) could someone PM me please
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    Quote Originally Posted by basseyy View Post
    wow, i wish i had read this thread before yesterday when i bought the HDMI converter for my uni-body mac. And yes, I have had to connect another cable for sound to my TV. when this KANEX thing is released, can we please have a BIG sign on mactalk that its available... or (more likely) could someone PM me please
    I would like to know when it's available as well.

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    With the latest MacBook Pro's with mini displayport can I simply get a mini displayport to DVI then attach a DVI to HDMI adaptor to that?

    Since I have DVI to HDMI adaptors from a video card sitting in the cupboard I'm thinking that a MDP to DVI cable would be the better buy since I could then use it on an external monitor as well as the TV in the lounge.

    I'm only looking at this for video, not sound so am not worried about audio issues.

    So can I do this?
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    Yep, that will work fine.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ~Coxy View Post
    Yep, that will work fine.
    Excellent. I'm finalising a few things now, but I think I'm going to need a couple of adaptors (for work and home) so I might get a chance to test first... although now I'm just looking for a cheaper place to get the adaptors since $45 a hit is a bit rich.
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    Along somewhat similar lines, I've had need at my college to connect my MBP up to do a Keynote (you read that right, not PowerPoint!) presentation for one of my classes (and I have at least two others ahead of me). I had to buy the Mini DisplayPort to VGA adapter (I had previously bought the Mini DisplayPort to DVI). So now the only thing I can't connect to is an S-Video connection, but (for fairly obvious reasons) I'm not really overly concerned about that.

    And vis a vis watching stuff at home, that's what my PC and 20" LCD and/or my MBP and it's built-in 13" LCD is for. I don't see much point in watching stuff on anything else.

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    Hi all,

    I have bought a "Mini DisplayPort to DVI adapter" and put it into my Macbook 2.1

    I have also bought an "HDMI>DVI" wire which I have then put into the HDMI (DVI) port in the back of my Samsung TV

    I then pressed "Source" on the remote and select HDMI/DVI but it then says "No Signal"

    ????

    As you may have guessed I'm pretty clueless when it comes to this kind of thing. Do I need to do anything else to my Macbook? Or my TV? I'd have thought it would have been automatic

    hope some good soul can help me out

    cheers in advance

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    Quote Originally Posted by caspergomez View Post
    Hi all,

    I have bought a "Mini DisplayPort to DVI adapter" and put it into my Macbook 2.1

    I have also bought an "HDMI>DVI" wire which I have then put into the HDMI (DVI) port in the back of my Samsung TV

    I then pressed "Source" on the remote and select HDMI/DVI but it then says "No Signal"

    ????

    As you may have guessed I'm pretty clueless when it comes to this kind of thing. Do I need to do anything else to my Macbook? Or my TV? I'd have thought it would have been automatic

    hope some good soul can help me out

    cheers in advance

    I have the new Samsung LED LCD TV and did the same and mine comes up fine. Have you tried turning on your MacBook when you select the Source on the TV? Mine is currently connected to a Mac Mini. And the only time it says "no signal" is when it's off.

    For those wanting information about connecting a MacBook to your TV, this is the most useful site. Plus you can purchase all the cables you require for cheap! I got my cables on here and they did the trick!


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    Quote Originally Posted by Reubania View Post
    I have the new Samsung LED LCD TV and did the same and mine comes up fine. Have you tried turning on your MacBook when you select the Source on the TV? Mine is currently connected to a Mac Mini. And the only time it says "no signal" is when it's off.

    For those wanting information about connecting a MacBook to your TV, this is the most useful site. Plus you can purchase all the cables you require for cheap! I got my cables on here and they did the trick!


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    now all i'm getting is "check signal cable"...which I have.

    tried doing it exactly like that video on the link you posted, still no joy

    waste of $110 :o:o

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    Quote Originally Posted by Donnie Darko View Post
    MacBook Users Rejoice: The Kanex Mini DisplayPort To HDMI Adapter Includes Audio | Gizmodo Australia

    "Frustratingly, Mini DisplayPort doesn’t include audio, so to get sound when outputting to an HDTV using HDMI, you’d need to use yet another cable. This adapter uses USB for audio, so you get the full A/V with just one cable.

    Though HDMI is capable of handling both audio and video, the Mini DisplayPort on MacBooks is not—a definite source of annoyance for MacBook users. The Kanex adapter gets sound from USB, like one of those teeny external sound cards, and merges it into the video it gets from Mini DisplayPort, so on the other end, your HDTV gets both audio and video from HDMI, up to 1080p resolution. It’s a simple solution, though of course not as elegant as if Apple would just put a damn HDMI-out in their MacBooks, so if you’re showing a lot of HD video content, this could be a real life-saver.

    The clumsily (if descriptively) named “Mini DisplayPort to HDMI adaptor with USB digital audio” from Kanex (a line from Apogee, makers of various high-end A/V products) will be available this August for an undisclosed price. "
    Does anybody know if this product is available in Australia yet? I can't seem to find it on any of the local retail sites.

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    Yeah looking to buy that one which does audio over HDMI but can't find any stores in Australia..

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