7 Replies Latest reply: Apr 19, 2014 2:33 PM by Jonnyp2010
Jonnyp2010 Level 1 (0 points)

I want to connect so that I can watch HD 1080p video from my mac to my TV, with sound (which I added to the request because I heard it isn't possible?).

 

 

Here's spec of machine:

 

Model Name:          MacBook Pro

  Model Identifier:          MacBookPro5,3

  Processor Name:          Intel Core 2 Duo

  Processor Speed:          2.66 GHz

  Number Of Processors:          1

  Total Number Of Cores:          2

  L2 Cache:          3 MB

  Memory:          8 GB

  Bus Speed:          1.07 GHz

  Boot ROM Version:          MBP53.00AC.B03

  SMC Version (system):          1.48f2

 

 

Thanks,

 

John


MacBook Pro, Mac OS X (10.5.8)
  • OGELTHORPE Level 8 (45,183 points)

    You will have to use the minidisplay port for video with an adapter and the appropriate cable for the connection to your TV.  It usually will be HDMI or VGA.

     

    For sound you will have to tap your audio output port with a RCA 'Y' connector.  Some thing on the order of this will be required:

     

    http://eshop.macsales.com/item/OWC/PODCONNECTOR/

     

    Ciao.

  • BDAqua Level 10 (122,276 points)

    Hi John,

     

    Your MBP has a MiniDisplay Port, but what does the TV have for input ports? And Sound input ports?

  • Jonnyp2010 Level 1 (0 points)

    Hi,

     

    It has 3 spare HDMI, also audio in R and L (red and white) and PC IN which looks optical (it has small circular hole) but I'm not sure.

     

    Thanks,

     

    John

  • OGELTHORPE Level 8 (45,183 points)

    The red and white are probably the RCA audio inputs.  Check the TV manual for the proper HDMI connection (that will be for video).  If there is no information, you will have to test each of them.

     

    Ciao.

  • Jonnyp2010 Level 1 (0 points)

    Hi,

     

    I got this working a little while ago, but there was this terrible hiss coming through the TV's speakers. I'd try to get rid of it by lowering the volume but you have to lower it to near silence before it disappears.

     

    Now I can't even get the sound to work and I've tried every port with the Red and White wires connected to my mac.

     

    The R+W wire was quite cheap (about £3), would that make any difference?

     

    And why won't it work at all now? Ive tried plugging them in while the movies playing and when it begins but nothing.

     

    Thanks,

     

    John.

  • OGELTHORPE Level 8 (45,183 points)

    Jonnyp2010 wrote:

     

    The R+W wire was quite cheap (about £3), would that make any difference?

     

    Cost is not always a determinant of quality.  You could check for continuity or try another cable set.  It is very difficult to trouble shoot these things from this vantage point.

     

    Ciao.

  • Jonnyp2010 Level 1 (0 points)

    Hi,

     

    Finally worked it out, for my Samsung LCD TV it's MDP to HDMI 2 (via converter) and the RCA ports are right next to it.

    I got it working once before a long time ago but the sound was terrible (and I forgot how I did it), so this time I weighed out for some 'shielded' RCA cables that are more robust and have all metal connection parts.

     

    This time the sound is brilliant.

     

    Thanks to everyone that tried to help, so happy I've finally got it working it was really starting to p£ss me off!

     

    Ta,

     

    John.