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Starky 08-02-2007 06:47 AM

Using a HDTV as an external monitor?
Is this possible?

I own a macbook and I am planning on buying a 32" HDTV for when I move into a flat in September. Is there anyway I could use it as an external monitor with my macbook? Just for playing around with until September.

Here's the TV:

Kash 08-02-2007 07:04 AM

Definitely. Just get yourself a mini-DVI to VGA adapter and it'll plug into the VGA port in that TV.

I have a 50" plasma with a VGA port and connecting it to a Macbook looks great. So you shouldn't have any problems :D

jeffbush2 10-07-2007 02:25 AM

I Bought A Dvi To Dvi Cable And Attached To My Hdtv. Did Everything In The Manual, And Signal Isn't Good. Worked On My Wifes Hp Laptop. Any One Having The Same Issue?

illusionist 10-07-2007 03:13 AM

You may need a DVI to HDMI cable, depending on the tv. If the tv only has HDMI ports, and no DVI or VGA ports, then that is what I would recommend.

jeffbush2, maybe a bad cable? Or did you use the same cable with the HP? Could you explain further by what you meant by "signal isn't good". Is it not clear? Is the size bad?

Maybe you are running too high a resolution for the tv?

rootrageous 10-07-2007 10:54 AM

How can I hook my macbook up to an older TV to view photos, slideshows, etc. if it only has S-video and component inputs. Thanks.

maanico1 10-07-2007 10:09 PM

there is also a mini-dvi to s-video/composite adapter. then u get an headphone-to-audio cable and stick that into the tv.

rootrageous 10-08-2007 06:14 PM

Cool, Thanks. ;D

CAMERA MAN 10-08-2007 09:18 PM

Mini DVI to HDMI is the best way to go, buy it of ebay for $10 instead of $150 from a store.

rootrageous 10-09-2007 08:16 PM


Originally Posted by CAMERA MAN (Post 500659)
Mini DVI to HDMI is the best way to go, buy it of ebay for $10 instead of $150 from a store.

I don't have an HD set. I don't think this will work.

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