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Consistent problems connecting a MacBook (Late 2008) to a TV


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I have a 13" aluminum MacBook (late 2008) that I am trying to connect to my Philips TV.

I have connected it before with a mini display port to HDMI cable from the computer and an HDMI cable to the TV. It works, the picture is a little off due to wrong resolutions and what not. But that's not my problem.

My problem is that it doesn't always work. When I connect the cables the Mac screen turns blue because it detected an external display but then it goes back to normal with nothing on the TV screen. I turn off the TV, change input (HDMI1, HDMI2, Component), everything. I have tried many combinations of everything to try to get the Mac to detect and actually work with the screen. The TV screen will work probably 1 out every 50 tries, just guessing, although it feels like 1 out of every 100 tries.

What am I doing wrong? What do you guys recommend? What's your trick and how do you connect to an external display with the mini display port?
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You could have a defective or intermittent cable or adapter. If possible, try a new set to see if the problem persists.


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I had the same problem and as chscag suggests it was due to a faulty adapter.
I only had the adapter for a few weeks and it worked perfectly at first, but then had the same problem you describe. Got a new adapter and all was well again
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As noted above, the issue is the adapter over 90% of the time.

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The problem has been resolved.

It wasn't the adapter, it has Apple's software. With Mavericks the TV gets picked up all the time now. They finally made it easier.

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