5 Replies Latest reply: Jul 26, 2007 9:31 AM by abonnett@after-thoughts.net
Muffy Pepper Level 1 Level 1 (5 points)
Can I connect my MacBook to my flat screen Panasonic TV? If so, what cables do I need and exactly what do I connect to what.

MacBook, Mac OS X (10.4.10)
  • Mike N. (nahyunil) Level 6 Level 6 (8,275 points)
    What type of connections does you Panasonic TV have?

    For your MacBook video you will need EITHER the MiniDVI-VGA adapter, the MiniDVI-Video adapter, or the MiniDVI-DVI adapter. It depends on the input connector of your TV.

    For the audio, a 1/8th inch phono (from the headphone jack) to L-R RCA plugs (to the TV's audio in) is generally what you need for simplest connection.
  • GfulDedFan Level 4 Level 4 (3,315 points)
    Hey Muffy -

    Depending on your tv's input (composite/s-video/dvi) you'll need an adapter to go from the MacBook video output which is mini-DVI. This is unique to Apple so you'll need to pick it up from the Apple Store or online. Last I checked, they are $19. They make 2 different ones. Mini-DVI to DVI and Mini-DVI to composite/S-video. The mini-DVI side plugs into the MacBook and the other end accepts a cable (sold seperately) that goes to the TV.
    If your TV accepts DVI, get the min-DVI to DVI adapter.
    If your TV accepts composite (like an RCA jack) or s-video, get the mini-DVI to composite/s-video adapter. (it does either)
    If the TV has multiple inputs, use DVI (best) or s-video (2nd best) over composite.
  • abonnett@after-thoughts.net Level 1 Level 1 (35 points)
    I agree with what others have said before me, but wanted to add one more option for you.

    What I use is the mini-DVI to DVI adapter connected to a DVI to HDMI cord as well as the mini-jack to RCA cord for sound. The DVI to HDMI cord is more expensive than a simple S-Vid or composite cord, but the picture's better and they sold the mini-DVI to DVI adapter at Best Buy which meant being able to do it Now instead of waiting for Apple to ship a video adapter or until I had a day free to go shopping (the closest Apple Store is 2 hours away). My TV also has a VGA input, so I probably could use the mini-DVI to VGA adapter that came with my computer and a VGA cable, but, um, I kind of lost the mini-DVI to VGA adapter.

    If your TV supports VGA, however, it's your cheapest option (only buying cords instead of the mini-DVI adapter as well).
  • Mike N. (nahyunil) Level 6 Level 6 (8,275 points)
    If your TV supports VGA, however, it's your cheapest option (only buying cords instead of the mini-DVI adapter as well).


    The Mini-DVI to VGA adapter is a separate purchase (US$19) just like the Video and DVI adapters. It doesn't come with the computer (maybe you didn't actually lose it).. Not sure why you'd say it's cheapest option?
  • abonnett@after-thoughts.net Level 1 Level 1 (35 points)
    I could have sworn it did, but I may be thinking back to my iBook or one of several of my dad's old PowerBooks which I helped him set up for his lab.

    If it doesn't come with it, it's a ridiculous choice-- never mind that then!