5 Replies Latest reply: Feb 12, 2011 6:45 PM by mambo#5
justineday Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
I have a MacBook Pro version 10.6.5 and a Samsung TV / Monitor. I want to connect my Macbook to the Samsung TV so I can watch shows from my computer on my TV / Monitor.

I have a Mini Display Port to VGA adapter. I also have a cable that connects the VGA port to the PC input on my TV / Monitor. When I connect the two and put my TV settings on "PC", My desktop from my computer appears on the TV. But I can't get any other activity beyond this. Is there anything I can do or is this a compatibility issue? Please help.

Thank you

MacBook Pro - 2009, Mac OS X (10.6.5)
  • Network 23 Level 6 Level 6 (11,870 points)
    What do you mean by "activity?" If you see a desktop, it sounds like it is working correctly. It's like an external monitor, it defaults to Extended Desktop mode, like an addition to your monitor area: If there isn't anything on monitor #2, it's because you haven't dragged anything over there. You can see the arrangement in your Displays system preference, under Arrangement.

    If what you wanted was the same image on both monitors, you need to use the Displays icon on your menu bar or the Displays system preference to change the mode to Mirroring.
  • justineday Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    Okay, both of those suggestions worked, thank you. Now I have two new questions:

    1) the audio still comes through my computer and not through my TV. Is there any way to change that?

    2) Also, Some of the shows I've downloaded on iTunes won't play because my "monitor" isn't authorized. Although some will. Is there any way around this?

    Thanks Again!
  • justineday Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    I solved my audio question.

    However, Still wondering why some Itunes shows plays and some don't...
  • Network 23 Level 6 Level 6 (11,870 points)
    justineday wrote:
    However, Still wondering why some Itunes shows plays and some don't...

    I am only going to guess here because I don't know the real answer. I wonder if it's because you went through VGA to get to your monitor. Normally, with a current widescreen flat monitor, the best port to go through is HDMI because it's a full digital signal. But the main reason I'm bringing it up is because HDMI also supports HDCP, which is content copy protection that Hollywood likes to use for its movies and shows. It is possible (again, I am really not sure) that since you're going through the analog VGA connection, iTunes is not able to verify that the monitor supports HDCP. It might if you went through the HDMI port instead, if your monitor has one.
  • mambo#5 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    How did you get the audio to carry through the tv speakers?
    (I had to connect my MacBook to a speaker that I use for my iTouch because the audio would only play through my Mac speakers)