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Louise Olesen Calculating status...
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Jun 3, 2009 8:33 AM
Hi all!

I don't know if this is the right place to ask help for this stuff, but I'm giving it a go anyways...

I've been wanting to connect my MacBook Pro to my TV for a while, but has been overwhelmed and then confused by all the different adapters. Thing is, my TV has HDMI, but not DVI... I was thinking about using VGA, but then I'll have to get the audio through my TV with another cable...

Does anyone have any idea on how to do this? It would be greatly appreciated...

Oh and I should probably let you know that I have a MacBook Pro unibody which means I only have a Mini DisplayPort...
MacBook Pro unibody
  • Woggledog Level 4 Level 4 (1,870 points)
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    Jun 3, 2009 8:39 AM (in response to Louise Olesen)
    VGA and separate audio lead should suffice and should be relatively cheap.
    MacBook pro 2.5GHz C2D, Mac OS X (10.5.5), Time Capsule + TV 160GB + Airport Express + iPhone 3G
  • Dave Klein2 Level 1 Level 1 (5 points)
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    Jun 3, 2009 11:39 AM (in response to Louise Olesen)
    I haven't used this product myself but what about DVI to HDMI cable and then audio seperately. Don't think this cable would support audio and video but the price is good: http://www.optimization-world.com/details/prodid/9.html
    PowerBook G4 and PowerMac G5's, Mac OS X (10.4.8)
  • ellieketch Calculating status...
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    Jun 3, 2009 12:18 PM (in response to Louise Olesen)
    I hooked my mbp to my 47" samsung, using the dvi/hdmi adapter from the mbp to hdmi on my tv.

    the picture is sweet.

    if you have a home theatre, you can use an optical cable(toslink). thats how I set my sound up.
    macbook pro, Mac OS X (10.5.7), early 2009, intel core 2 duo, 2.66 , 4g mem
  • LukeD Level 4 Level 4 (3,115 points)
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    Jun 3, 2009 1:48 PM (in response to Louise Olesen)
    Hi,

    I have noted a link to a thread that will direct you to all the possible solutions.

    http://discussions.apple.com/thread.jspa?messageID=9215244&#9215244

    Good luck!
    "Stay hungry. Stay foolish." - Steve Jobs @ Stanford (YouTube) MB PRO 5,1, Mac OS X (10.5.7), Boot Camp, with a Windows XP Professional, with SP2, partition/ACD 23"/MB/MB Air
  • nikulr Level 1 Level 1 (15 points)
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    Jun 3, 2009 2:59 PM (in response to Louise Olesen)
    If you do Mini DisplayPort to DVI, then DVI to HDMI, that should run you about $50 and doing this, will not allow you to have audio, so you can go to RadioShack and get an RCA cable for $6.

    The HDMI will give you the better quality.
    MacBook Pro (Aluminum), Mac OS X (10.5.7), 15in, 2.93, 7200 MacBook, iPhone 2G/3G, iPod Classic/Nano/Touch Airport Ext/2Exp
  • Travis A. Level 6 Level 6 (14,970 points)
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    Jun 3, 2009 9:37 PM (in response to Louise Olesen)
    By far the best solution is this Mini-DisplayPort to HDMI adaptor from Monoprice.com. Use that to get video from the MBP to the TV. The HDMI signal will be much higher quality than an analog VGA connection, and the difference will be quite noticeable, especially on a nice TV. An HDMI extension cable can be found here.

    For audio, if you have an audio receiver or TV that supports optical toslink inputs, you'll want to use a mini-toslink to toslink cable. If the receiver/TV does not support optical toslink, then you'll be stuck with an analog 1/8" to RCA cable.

    Of course, the mDP-HDMI cable and the optical toslink cable will give you the best picture and sound. I wouldn't recommend VGA unless you cannot do HDMI for whatever reason. Same for the analog 1/8" to RCA for audio. The toslink audio cable will give you 5.1 Dolby Digital output if you have a sound source that supports it, such as a DVD.

    Also, I linked you to 6 foot cables in all cases. I believe that there are shorter and longer versions of each cable on monoprice.com, which is an excellent site, by the way.

    --Travis
    Unibody MBP 2.4Ghz, 2GB, 250GB 7200RPM, Mac OS X (10.5.7), 8GB iPod Touch, Time Capsule, 20" Alu iMac
  • Travis A. Level 6 Level 6 (14,970 points)
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    Jun 4, 2009 4:56 PM (in response to Louise Olesen)
    Just to clarify:

    The mini-DisplayPort to HDMI cable is only one adaptor, whereas if you go through DVI, you will need two adaptors (mDP --> DVI and DVI --> HDMI). It should be cheaper to go directly from mini-DisplayPort to HDMI, and possibly give you better quality as well. I don't like to string adaptors together; sometimes it doesn't work as well.

    Monoprice will ship worldwide without any problems as well.

    --Travis
    Unibody MBP 2.4Ghz, 2GB, 250GB 7200RPM, Mac OS X (10.5.7), 8GB iPod Touch, Time Capsule, 20" Alu iMac
  • Travis A. Level 6 Level 6 (14,970 points)
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    Jun 20, 2009 2:26 PM (in response to Louise Olesen)
    Aaah, I see! I guess that's a win-win then?


    I thought it was. As far as I know, monoprice is the only supplier of that cable as it stands currently. But they are a reputable retailer and I know many people who have purchased from them successfully with no problems.

    --Travis
    Unibody MBP 2.4Ghz, 2GB, 250GB 7200RPM, Mac OS X (10.5.7), 8GB iPod Touch, Time Capsule, 20" Alu iMac
  • Travis A. Level 6 Level 6 (14,970 points)
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    Jun 22, 2009 5:20 PM (in response to Louise Olesen)
    Well, how much would the other two adaptors cost? You could then go with the lower of the two prices.

    --Travis
    Unibody MBP 2.4Ghz, 2GB, 250GB 7200RPM, Mac OS X (10.5.7), 8GB iPod Touch, Time Capsule, 20" Alu iMac
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