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    Connecting TV as monitor to Macbook?
    I am thinking of getting a Samsung TV which has VGA input to connect to a pc so I can use it as monitor, would this also work on the average macbook please?

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    Would need to know exactly which MacBook it is.

    But start here (I know the title says HDMI but there's VGA based info in there too):
    http://www.mac-forums.com/forums/oth...-via-hdmi.html

    Then post back with any follow-ups
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    cool, that'll work, thanks!

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    Hi Mike.... - before buying your TV, you might want to tell us: 1) Type & Model of the Samsung TV, i.e. is this a HDTV & what VGA standard(s) are present; also are there HDMI inputs; and 2) Provide the information asked about your computer & OS being used.

    There are numerous VGA standards beginning w/ 640 x 480 resolution in the late 1980s; the newer standards now match DVI & HDMI resolutions (check HERE) - my point is that depending on what resolution you are running on your computer, I'm assuming you would want the same or similar appearance on the TV - this is an important consideration. Also keep in mind that VGA will NOT transmit audio (vs. HDMI), so if you want to use the TV to show AV content, such as movies, you would need to setup audio separately if using VGA or its more recent iterations. Dave

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    Thanks for the info and advice Dave, I would only want to use the TV's screen to get a much larger view for my videos showing on my mac, the sound will go from the headphone out on the mac direct to my music system. I will advise on my intended purchase, get back here.

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