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Since I didn't say this to start with in the original post, anyone with ideas, pointers, typos, re-writes to make things clearer to the novice or what should be included, please PM me with your thoughts. They'll all be appreciated. I may not use it, but it'll still be appreciated.

I still have 2 more posts reserved at the beginning of the thread. For one of them I plan on showing all the different types of connections. Still open as to a need for the 4th one or what should be there.

Am guessing it'll take awhile to get it all together.

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OK, well I look forward to it. Still could not get a picture from the MBP. I tried everything I could think of, still I must be missing something.
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OK, well I look forward to it. Still could not get a picture from the MBP. I tried everything I could think of, still I must be missing something.
If you've gone through the other steps, next guess is that you have a faulty adapter, cable or port. Only way to know is to try switching them out and/or try another TV. You can verify the port on the TV by connecting another device to that port.

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I was thinking the same thing. it could be a faulty adapter. when connected properly, the indicator light on the adapter itself should light up indicating power.
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I need help connecting my Macbook 13 inch unibody (2009) to a Panasonic 720p LCD HDTV Model No. TC-L32x1. Is there more than one way to connect it? I'd appreciate it if someone could list the ones I need - I have spent so much time trying to research it on my own and I am so confused

My finds so far:

Mini displayport to HDMI cable (all in one with audio?)

Mini displayport to DVI cable, plus
DVI to HDMI cable which goes into the TV, plus
some sort of audio cable?

Not to mention I have a Mini DVI to HDMI cable and a HDMI to HDMI cable sitting on my desk and have no idea if there are useful to me or not.

So lost, as you can see. Thanks in advance for the help
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I am not sure if the Mini displayport will transmit audio but the Mini Displayport to DVI cable will work but you will need one of these in order to get audio into the T.V

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Mini-Displayport and HDMI do not carry audio.
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Just to be clear - I think chas meant a mini-displayport to HDMI cable would not carry audio.

HDMI does carry audio. It is currently the only video cable that does carry audio, although the displayport specification has the capability to do so.

HDMI will not carry audio if you're connecting it to an adapter/port that does not carry audio, which at this time is every other video cable and port. (edit: Beginning with the 2010 Macs, the mini displayport now carries audio)

To the OP, have moved your posting into the sticky thread. Am assuming you want the sound through the TV and not a separate audio system?

Out of time now (off to work), will post back, probably much later today unless someone comes along and gets it right first.

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Please note:

There are several different video output types on the last several years of Macs. These can range from ADC, VGA, mini-VGA, DVI, mini-DVI, micro-DVI and mini displayport.

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Bobtomay: My apologies for posting in the wrong section before. I am new to Macforums and connecting computers to TVs. Thank you for moving me to this thread

I would like to connect my TV Panasonic 720p LCD HDTV Model TC-L32x1 to my 2009 Macbook V10.5.8 2.0 I would like the sound to play through my TV.

I guess I am wondering what the difference is between using:
MiniDP to HDMI cable + HDMI cable
vs.
MiniDP to DVI + DVI to HDMI cable + HDMI cable

Is one better than the other?...and I am not sure what kind of audio cable I need.

What I have now: HDMI cable and a (useless) mini DVI to HDMI cable

I hope you or someone won't mind helping me. Thanks.
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This is for ptpro's equipment.

No problem. Wasn't really the wrong section, I'm just starting to try and keep some of these in one place so they'll be easier for not only myself to find them, but others that may come looking also.

From what you've said, you have an early '09 MacBook Unibody with the 2.0Ghz.
This would be the mini displayport on your Mac.

Since you have a spare HDMI cable already, there are a couple of options open to you for the video side.

1. A mini displayport to HDMI adapter (less than $9 here) and use your HDMI cable.

Or keep your HDMI cable for that Blu-Ray player you've been eyeing and get a:

2. Mini displayport to HDMI cable in the length you require (from $9-$13 here).

For the audio with either of the above you will need a 3.5mm mini-plug to RCA cable like this one.

Option 3. Is this handy dandy device - much more expensive - and not really worth it imho in your particular scenario, but some folks will want and/or need this option. Read the description there for an overview.


You'll find the exact picture for your connections on page 45 of the owner's manual and you want to use the HDMI-DVI conversion diagram. Here is a cleaned up version for you depicting the first two options. The 3rd would not have the audio connected to the TV, since they would now be combined via the adapter into the HDMI cable.


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I am trying to connect my imac (2008 2.66 intel) to my vizio hdtv (model VX37L HDTV 10A) I notice left and right audio in next to the hdmi connections on the TV, but I also have them on my phillips DVD home theatre system (HTS3555) marked aux in.

My guess was mini-DVI to hdmi with separate audio cables. I'd love to have the 5.1 stereo from the home theatre system. I'm a little overwhelmed - any guidance is welcomed.

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For DSFlyman;

You have a mini-DVI on your iMac, so for the video, you'll need an adapter and cable.
First a mini-DVI to HDMI adapter - link
then a HDMI cable - just look for one at this point in time that is 1.3 version in the length you need - I like purchasing from monoprice.com and Amazon

My recommendation on audio will cost a little extra, but this is the only option you have to get 5.1 content to your receiver from your Mac.

First you'll need a mini-toslink to toslink cable (or adapter and cable) - link
This will connect to an "optical to coax" conversion box - link - these units are powered and it will require an available electrical outlet. There are "coax to optical" conversion boxes also. If you decide on a different one, make sure it is "optical to coax".
Add a coaxial audio cable - link - you'll connect this to the "coaxial digital in" on the receiver.

Realize up front that your iMac will not turn two channel material into 5.1 output. It will pass thru 5.1 only from 5.1 material such as a DVD, iTunes HD videos, etc. You'll press the AUX/DI button on the remote and select DI to listen to the iMac on the receiver with this connection.

Your other two options for audio will limit you to 2 channel audio.
For both of them you'll need just a standard 3.5mm mini-plug to RCA cable like this one.

You can take it direct to the TV, in which case you must use HDMI 2 for the video and audio.
Or you can plug it into the AUX on the reciever.

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Hi,

I've been trawling the net trying (unsuccessfully) to make some sense of the million and one different types of ports, connectors and cables I can use to output picture/video and sound from a MacBook with mini displayport. I'm looking for advice about how to connect the laptop to -

(a) My rubbish old tv, the only inputs are scart and RCA (red/white/yellow plugs)

(b) My roommate's fancy flatscreen (There's an HDMI input)

(c) A projector. I'm not sure what the most common projector input is, nor am I buying this with a specific projector in mind. I present at conferences and am fed up of having to transfer over to a pc! What kind of cable/adaptor should I buy so that there's a pretty good chance it works with a generic projector? (sorry to be vague here, this is more of a 'just in case' purchase!)

So, the challenge is to enable connections from a MacBook (late 2008, aluminum unibody, mini display port) to all the above (not at the same time of course!) at the lowest possible cost and/or least number of cables. Can anyone help me choose which cables I should buy?

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(a) As I'm in the U.S., we're not familiar with the scart connection and I just have not taken the time to become familiar. For connecting any mini displayport output to composite (the RCA red, white and yellow), post # 5 will answer that question.

(b) Please read post 1 and provide the info requested there in order to provide a response that will work on your roommate's specific TV.

(c) practically all projectors still have composite inputs, so the hardware recommendations for (a) will work most of the time. A great many will also have a VGA port. Add a VGA cable to the hardware list in my post #5 and you should be good to go on the vast majority of projectors you run into.

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I just got a set of mini dvi to vga cables from amazon, as well as a vga to s-video converter. I get some flicker on my tv, but no picture. I tried to save a buck and get a cheap converter, is there any experience with these? Which one should I replace or do I need to replace them both?

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