New To Mac-Forums?

Welcome to our community! Join the discussion today by registering your FREE account. If you have any problems with the registration process, please contact us!

Get your questions answered by community gurus Advice and insight from world-class Apple enthusiasts Exclusive access to members-only contests, giveaways and deals

Join today!

 
Start a Discussion
 

Mac-Forums Brief

Subscribe to Mac-Forums Brief to receive special offers from Mac-Forums partners and sponsors

Join the conversation RSS
Apple Notebooks Apple's notebook computers including MacBook Pro, MacBook, MacBook Air, PowerBook, and iBook.

MacBook - I've connected my MacBook to my HDTV I see the Background but no dock, icons, NOTHING


Post Reply New Thread Subscribe

 
Thread Tools
Tao

 
Member Since: Jul 07, 2008
Posts: 48
Tao is on a distinguished road
Mac Specs: Intel Core 2 Duo 2.4Ghz MacBook Black 4GB RAM Mid 2008

Tao is offline
Hi All,

I'm attempting to connect my MacBook to my HDTV, I have the apple mini dvi to VGA cable and i'm connecting that to my tele via another VGA cable!

I can see the background of my desktop on my Samsung 26" HDTV but I cannot see my mouse, no dock, no finder no nothing! It just looks like a picture of my background on my TV!

Does anyone know why this is happening? Please help!

Thanks
QUOTE Thanks
marshaiiness

 
marshaiiness's Avatar
 
Member Since: Jul 15, 2008
Location: Columbia, Missouri, USA
Posts: 21
marshaiiness is an unknown at this point
Mac Specs: Macbook Pro 2.2ghz Leopard

marshaiiness is offline
try restarting, your macbook should recognize the tv as a display

- www.getdropbox.com - pm me if you want an invite i have a few left
QUOTE Thanks
Kash

 
Kash's Avatar
 
Member Since: Dec 03, 2006
Location: Irvine, CA
Posts: 9,385
Kash has a brilliant futureKash has a brilliant futureKash has a brilliant futureKash has a brilliant futureKash has a brilliant futureKash has a brilliant futureKash has a brilliant futureKash has a brilliant futureKash has a brilliant futureKash has a brilliant futureKash has a brilliant future
Mac Specs: Black Macbook C2D 2GHz 3GB RAM 250GB HD iPhone 4 iPad 3G

Kash is offline
Don't panic, what you're seeing is normal. The default setting is to extend the desktop and not mirror it, which means you should be able to drag stuff over to the new monitor but you won't see the menu bar or dock. If you want it so that the TV shows everything on your laptops screen, then go into your System Preferences --> Displays and check off the Mirroring option.


June 2007
July 2009
QUOTE Thanks
Tao

 
Member Since: Jul 07, 2008
Posts: 48
Tao is on a distinguished road
Mac Specs: Intel Core 2 Duo 2.4Ghz MacBook Black 4GB RAM Mid 2008

Tao is offline
Ahh thank you very much, it looks great!!!

And thanks for the tip! I now may have to invest in a wireless keyboard and a set of good speakers!!

Thanks!
QUOTE Thanks
El Immigrante

 
El Immigrante's Avatar
 
Member Since: Jul 08, 2008
Location: Tijuana, Mexico
Posts: 10
El Immigrante is on a distinguished road
Mac Specs: MacBook Pro

El Immigrante is offline
Quote:
Originally Posted by Tao View Post
Ahh thank you very much, it looks great!!!

And thanks for the tip! I now may have to invest in a wireless keyboard and a set of good speakers!!

Thanks!
You won't get sounds from the TV when you connect your notebook to it? I have a top-of-the-line surrround system so should I or can I, connect the notebook to my stereo receiver for sound?

Thanks@
QUOTE Thanks
macwannabe

 
macwannabe's Avatar
 
Member Since: May 19, 2008
Location: Florida
Posts: 909
macwannabe is a jewel in the roughmacwannabe is a jewel in the rough
Mac Specs: 27" i7 iMac 2.8 Ghz, 1TB, 8GB RAM | 13" MBP 2.53Ghz 320GB HD, 4G RAM | iPad 2 64GB+3G *WHITE*

macwannabe is offline
i use a headphone to audio jack (red and yellow cables) to connect my comp to my HDTV to get sound

Click the logo to check out my site...

"learn the basics, learn the rules, and then learn how to break them creatively.." - Phototini
QUOTE Thanks
drlau9

 
drlau9's Avatar
 
Member Since: Jun 29, 2008
Posts: 25
drlau9 is on a distinguished road

drlau9 is offline
If you have a top of the line surround speakers you can always use the optical out on your macbook. My Pioneer sound system has four optical inputs and two out, have a look on the back of the head unit (cab).


Derek.
QUOTE Thanks
Andre

 
Member Since: May 07, 2008
Posts: 73
Andre is on a distinguished road
Mac Specs: 15" MBP 2.4GHz, 4GB RAM, 7200RPM 200GB

Andre is offline
I use my 30" Sanyo (cheap TV) connected via an HDMI connection, with the audio pulling from the microphone jack to the RCA connections in the back. I also have Apple's wireless keyboard and might mouse, so I can sit back on my couch and use it. Works great for movies, but I find it's difficult to read text on the TV when at a comfortable distance. Setting the resolution lower on the TV does make it a little better, but it's not as crisp as I had hoped it would be. I tend to use the zoom function (option+mouse scroll wheel) to zoom into text I need to read.
QUOTE Thanks
davidm5

 
Member Since: Nov 28, 2008
Posts: 1
davidm5 is on a distinguished road

davidm5 is offline
Hi, i want to plug my white macbook into a tv thats not HD. Its one of the old ones with the three wires, red yellow and white. and i want audio aswell.

What do i need???
QUOTE Thanks
True Bassist

 
Member Since: Oct 30, 2008
Location: Burgess Hill/UK
Posts: 664
True Bassist is a jewel in the roughTrue Bassist is a jewel in the rough
Mac Specs: MBP/2.53GHz i5/4GB RAM/500GB HDD/15" LED Screen/Intel HD Graphics & NVIDIA GeForce GT 330M

True Bassist is offline
Mini-dvi to composite (RCA)
QUOTE Thanks

Post Reply New Thread Subscribe


« Processor and HD speeds on New Macbook Pro - 2 questions | New Intel Nehalem Processors Announced For Spring 09' Should I wait? »
Thread Tools

Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts
BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are Off
Forum Jump

Similar Threads
Thread
Thread Starter
Forum
Replies
Last Post
Changing Dock Icons Manually sarahsboy18 OS X - Operating System 1 10-05-2006 01:04 PM
Mac Dock Icons cmont5150 Images, Graphic Design, and Digital Photography 3 09-18-2006 02:39 PM
Dragging icons from the dock to trash... Mister-Twoster Switcher Hangout 10 06-16-2006 05:19 AM
Custom Icons Won't "Stick" in Dock... danteism OS X - Operating System 1 01-15-2006 03:00 AM
question marks on icons in the dock huffstar OS X - Operating System 2 09-06-2004 02:04 PM

All times are GMT -4. The time now is 11:54 AM.

Powered by vBulletin
Copyright ©2000 - 2014, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
X

Welcome to Mac-Forums.com

Create your username to jump into the discussion!

New members like you have made this community the ultimate source for your Mac since 2003!


(4 digit year)

Already a member?