11 Replies Latest reply: Jun 25, 2007 6:44 AM by Josh Freedman
Ken Clarke Level 1 (20 points)
Hi,
I'm pretty new to Mac and am learning the new wonders of the macworld. I've just bought a new LCD Tv and am looking to get EyeTv for my Macbook Pro. However I was wondering whether I should buy the EyeHome or is there another way (other than AppleTv) that I can link my Macbook Pro to my TV?

Macbook Pro, Mac OS X (10.4.9), Intel Core 2 Duo
  • iVmichael Level 6 (13,725 points)
    What inputs does the LCD have ?

    If it has HDMI or DVI or component then you can purchase a cable from the Apple Store to connect the two. This will extend your Desktop or mirror it (you will not get TV on the MacBook Pro this way).
  • Ken Clarke Level 1 (20 points)
    I think it did have HMDI it's this model (although it doesn't say much):

    http://www.johnlewis.com/Audioand+TV/Televisions/Televisions/LCDTV/1284/230413890/Product.aspx

    I just want to play stuff on my Macbook and see it on the TV, is that what you mean by mirror?

    Thanks for your help!
  • iVmichael Level 6 (13,725 points)
    OK, it has 2 HDMI, Scart and S-video inputs

    I'd go with a DVI-HDMI cable, that will display (mirror) your MacBook Pro screen on the LCD

    The USA Apple Store has this cable but I can't access the UK store to see if it's offered there.

    Just found this cable in the UK from PurelyGadgets
  • Ken Clarke Level 1 (20 points)
    Thanks so much, is this the right cable? (this is in the UK Store)
    http://store.apple.com/Apple/WebObjects/ukstore.woa/wa/RSLID?mco=94698B27&nplm=T L952
  • Ken Clarke Level 1 (20 points)
    Fab! I now have a DVI cable and have successfully-ish got it connected to my Sony TV (model see above).

    The screen is great however the top display bar with all the icons and File Edit etc on is just out of sight on the TV, i've tried different resolutions but none of them display it.... any ideas?
  • Ken Clarke Level 1 (20 points)
    I have a other issue also, I've setup the TV as an extended display but I want the Movie to play full screen on the TV but when i drag it onto the tv then press full screen it goes full screen on my MBP??
  • iVmichael Level 6 (13,725 points)
    > The screen is great however the top display bar with all the icons and File Edit etc on is just out of sight on the TV, i've tried different resolutions but none of them display it.... any ideas?

    My Plasma does the same by default (16:9) but I can cycle it to a display mode called "Just" or "Zoom1" where the full Desktop is displayed OK ... check your Sony controls.

    I've setup the TV as an extended display but I want the Movie to play full screen on the TV but when i drag it onto the tv then press full screen it goes full screen on my MBP??

    If you drag the window to re-size it will work, I think 'Full Screen' defaults to Monitor 1 but not sure ...
  • cal6n Level 2 (265 points)
    Are you using quicktime? If so, use the "present movie" option from the "view" drop-down menu. It opens a window where you choose which monitor to use as full screen.

    If you're playing from DVD, you need to mirror the displays before going full screen.
  • CKmandli Level 1 (10 points)
    What I do for this is in the System Prefs -> Displays -> Arangment, Grab the white menu bar and move it to the TV, now when you go Full Screen it pops it out onto the TV.
  • Ken Clarke Level 1 (20 points)
    I don't understand where this conversation has lead to...

    anyway - I've setup my Bravia TV as a mirrored display but the top and bottom are slightly missing. I've set the resolution to max which looks great but doesn't quite fit (all the others are crap). When I mean top & bottom missing i mean that the top menu bar is not there and half of my bottom dock doesn't appear on the TV.

    Any suggestions please?
  • Josh Freedman Level 1 (0 points)
    I am having the same issue. The resolution on the TV is downscaled and the picture does not look so good. There is a border about an inch wide around the entire picture. Clearly that is not true 1920*1080 resolution as about 100 or so pixels on each side are not being used. When overscan is turned on the entire TV screen is filled, but the top and bottom (as well as sides) are not visible. Once again, this is not true 1920*1080 resolution.

    What's going on here?