4 Replies Latest reply: Dec 12, 2009 3:10 PM by Rupe07
cmike37 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
I just purchased a Sony KDL-40W5100 this weekend and spent most of the afternoon yesterday trying to connect my Macbook, with no success whatsoever. I have a VGA-component cable that I tried first and was not surprised when I met with no success. But then I used the DVI-VGA adapter and plugged it into the Sony's PC input. The Sony would not even recognize that anything was hooked up to the PC input, although the Macbook did detect the Sony display. I played around with every resolution possible on both the Macbook and the Sony, tried restarting the Macbook, powering off the Sony, everything I could think of, but with absolutely no luck. I have read about people having trouble hooking up via DVI-HDMI, but I hadn't come across anyone with this problem. I would go the DVI-HDMI route, but I don't want to spend $20 on the adapter if that won't work either. Any ideas?
I should mention that I was able to successfully connect my wife's HP laptop with no problem whatsoever via VGA, so I would think the Macbook should be just as easy as I hook it up to projectors and other displays via VGA with no problem...

Macbook, Mac OS X (10.5.8)
  • Templeton Peck Level 9 Level 9 (60,350 points)
    but I don't want to spend $20 on the adapter if that won't work either


    If it doesn't work, just take it back.
  • cmike37 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    I could certainly do that, but I don't have an Apple store nearby and didn't want to deal with the hassle of returning through the mail, etc. The PC input worked just fine with our HP laptop, and if I can get the Macbook connected that way, I wouldn't need the DVI-HDMI adapter anyway. Like I said, I haven't had a problem connecting the Macbook via VGA to anything else before. Any suggestions?
  • Jacqueline_F Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    I'm having the exact same problem. I know that the mini-DVI-VGA cable works, because it displays perfectly on another monitor, but the tv absolutely won't detect the macbook.

    Any suggestions?
  • Rupe07 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    I bought a mini-DVI to HDMI and an HDMI to HDMI cable. Once I went into settings for the display, I found that the TV was acting as a second monitor and that it was off to the right of the macbooks own screen. Thus if i moved the mouse to the right it could control the second monitor. You are able to move the screens so that they have the same data on each or use them as two screen with different info on each. Each screen is clearly visible in Spaces and it works a treat.

    It is also possible to use the TV as the only screen. The way to do this is to connect up and close the lid on the mac. Once the light on the front starts blinking you can wake it up by using your mighty mouse or external keyboard. once awake, assuming you have chosen the correct HDMI connection from the TV the TV will act as the only monitor at full resolution.

    The problem I have, is that I have not been able to get the sound to work. I have used the earphone socket and connected that to external speakers as I cannot seem to get the analogue signal on the TV on anything but an AV channel (not an HDMI channel). Thus the sound works on one channel and the image on another. My TV is a Sony KDL40w5710 - thus if anyone know the solution to getting the sound running through an HDMI channel on my TV it would be appreciated if you could contribute.

    Cheers