2 Replies Latest reply: Jan 29, 2008 10:59 AM by Chad Stewart
joehorng Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
This may be a silly question to some.

My bro plugs his PC into our TV at home.

Is it the TV that has some special plug?

Or can I plug my macbook pro onto any TV if I have the right wire?

Thanks a million

imac, Mac OS X (10.4.11)
  • Kin Hui Level 3 Level 3 (595 points)
    joehorng wrote:
    This may be a silly question to some.

    My bro plugs his PC into our TV at home.

    Is it the TV that has some special plug?

    Or can I plug my macbook pro onto any TV if I have the right wire?

    Thanks a million


    Most contemporary TVs offer inputs beyond the standard co-axial cable like component inputs, VGA, HDMI, A/V, S-Video, etc. So, take a look at the owner's manual for the TV and see what inputs are offered.

    Your MBP should have been supplied with a video output adapter that goes from DVI to VGA. In this case, you'll pretty much just need a VGA cable provided the TV has a VGA input. I've done this and the video quality is okay, IMHO.

    I also bought an Apple DVI to Video Out adapter and have connected to my TV via a standard video RCA cable or S-Video cable. This appeared to look a bit better than the VGA connection but I suspect I might have had an inferior VGA cable.

    And if your TV has a HDMI input, another alternative for you is to get an DVI to HDMI cable like the one that's sold at the online Apple Store by XtremeMac; I've read this gives about the best quality you can get but I honestly haven't tried it myself.

    HTH and good luck.
  • Chad Stewart Level 1 Level 1 (5 points)
    I bought a DVI to HDMI cable and run my MBP on my 32" LCD TV. If your TV has HDMI I would suggest that for the high definition. It works great!