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HT5019 No arrangement tab in my Display Preferences! Help!

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May 28, 2012 8:09 PM

I have a rocketfish Mini DisplayPort to DVI adapter hooked up to an Apple DVI to video adapter, hooked up to an S-cable & Video Cable to the TV. When I hook everything up, the macbook screen momentarily turns blue but then the desktop comes back on.  I tried the Detect Displays button under Display Preferences but nothing happened.

 

Everyone has been saying to "click the arrangement tab and then mirroring option under display preferences"... but that option isn't available!

 

Any help would be much appreciated!

 

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MacBook Pro, Mac OS X (10.7.1)
  • softwater Level 5 Level 5 (5,370 points)

    Have you checked the compatibility charts?

     

    Have a look here, particulary no.5:

     

    http://support.apple.com/kb/HT3382#3

  • X423424X Level 6 Level 6 (14,190 points)

    aipod wrote:

     

    I have a rocketfish Mini DisplayPort to DVI adapter hooked up to an Apple DVI to video adapter, hooked up to an S-cable & Video Cable to the TV.

     

    Can you explain that a bit more?

     

    What model MBP do you have?  Or more to the point, what kind of video out does it have?  Mini-displayport?  DVI?  And what do you mean "hooked up to an S-cable & Video Cable"?  What's an S-cable (surely not a s-video cable)?

     

    Assuming your TV supports HDMI and your MBP has a mini-displayport then you need a mini-displayport to HDMI adapter (or cable).  If DVI then a DVI to HDMI adapter.  If your MBP is "old enough" you need to pass audio separately via the stereo headphone jack to the TV. 

     

    Note that audo is not passed through a DVI connection.

     

    There are USB to HDMI adpaters to pass audio and video.

  • Llessur999 Level 4 Level 4 (1,155 points)

    > I have a rocketfish Mini DisplayPort to DVI adapter hooked up to an Apple DVI to video adapter,

    > hooked up to an S-cable & Video Cable to the TV.

     

    I don't this this is causing your complete lack of picture, but do not connect both the S-video jack and the composite video jack. They both transmit video signals. Pick one or the other. S-video is a far cry from HDMI, VGA, or component video but is better than composite video. It is worth trying in case connecting both is zapping the signal strength.

  • X423424X Level 6 Level 6 (14,190 points)

    Ok, I think I understand now. 

     

    Your early 2011 13" MBP8,1 has a thundebolt port (according to MacTracker) which for this application is interchangeable with a mini-displayport.

     

    So you are chaining adapters; mDP --> DVI --> S-video.  Chaining is always problematic.  I look at it is there may be "something lost in the translation".

     

    You might be better off with the following:

     

    Mini DisplayPort to Composite Video and S-Video Converter with LED for HDTV DVD

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