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How to use an HDTV as a monitor with my MacBook?

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Hello! I have a toshiba 55g31 HDTV and would like to connect it to use as a monitor for my MacBook that has the following:

Model Name:          MacBook

  Model Identifier:          MacBook5,1

  Processor Name:          Intel Core 2 Duo

  Processor Speed:          2.4 GHz

  Number Of Processors:          1

  Total Number Of Cores:          2

  L2 Cache:          3 MB

  Memory:          4 GB

  Bus Speed:          1.07 GHz

  Boot ROM Version:          MB51.007D.B03

  SMC Version (system):          1.32f8


I have connected the MiniDisplay to VGA Adapter and connected it to the VGA connector on the Toshiba. I am totally a newbie at this, so I really don't have a clue as to what to do now. I have Comcast Cable on the TV as well. When I connect the MacBook I don't see the computer screen on the TV, just the show that is on the TV station. Do I need to have the TV on a particular station? When I go to "detect displays" it shows a LCD and a VGA, so I feel that I have made the connection. I have tried unchecking "mirror Displays" but it doesn't make a difference. I have also purchased the Griffin Mini DisplayPort to HDMI adapter and connected my MacBook to the HDMI port on my TV, but still do not have my MacBook recognizing it as a display. As I said, I am a newbie at connecting to a TV so any simplified instructions would be GREATLY appreciated! Thanks in advance!

MacBook, Mac OS X (10.5.8)


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