Is it possible to connect old macbook pro to television?

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Hello I have a "vintage" macbook pro. It does not have hdmi or thunderbolt ports. Are there adapters available to connect to its existing usb or firewire ports to enable me to connect an hdmi cable so that I can connect to tv? Or is it possible to use my wireless network to connect without an hdmi cable? Any suggestions will be appreciated.

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2017 15" MBP, 16gig ram, 1TB SSD, OS 10.15
With the correct video adapter...just abut any MacBook Pro should be able to connect (send video) to a TV.

"Vintage" MacBook Pro probably isn't enough info for us to know exactly what model MacBook Pro you have. Different MacBook Pro's have different video out ports. So we can't really tell you what adapter you need without more specific model info.

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You probably have a mini-DVI port on your MBP for video output. Apple and several other companies sell a mini-DVI to (name of video connector) adapters for $20-30. I have one for VGA (handy for projectors and older HDTVs), one to HDMI (video only, of course, no sound) and mini-DVI to DVI.
 
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This is what I have. Unfortunately, I don't know what much of it means.

MacBook Pro (Late 2007, 2.4/2.2GHz) - Technical Specifications
15.4-inch: 2.2GHz(MA895LL/A) 15.4-inch: 2.4GHz(MA896LL/A) 17-inch: 2.4GHz(MA897LL/A)
Display 15.4-inch (diagonal), 1440 by 900 resolution, TFT widescreen 17-inch (diagonal), 1680 by 1050 resolution, TFT widescreen
Processor 2.2GHz Intel Core 2 Duo 2.4GHz Intel Core 2 Duo
Memory 2GB (two SO-DIMMs) 667MHz DDR2 SDRAM (PC2-5300)
PCI Express graphics NVIDIA GeForce 8600M GT with 128MB of GDDR3 SDRAM and dual-link DVI NVIDIA GeForce 8600M GT with 256MB of GDDR3 SDRAM and dual-link DVI
Hard disk drive3 120GB Serial ATA; 5400 rpm 160GB Serial ATA; 5400 rpm
Slot-loading optical drive 8x SuperDrive (DVD±R DL/DVD±RW/CD-RW)
Expansion One FireWire 400, one FireWire 800, two USB 2.0 ports, and ExpressCard/34 slot One FireWire 400, one FireWire 800, three USB 2.0 ports, and ExpressCard/34 slot
Video Built-in iSight camera, DVI, VGA (DVI to VGA adapter included)
Audio Combined optical digital input/audio line in, combined optical digital output/headphone out, stereo speakers, microphone
Ethernet Built-in 10/100/1000BASE-T (Gigabit)
Wireless2 Built-in AirPort Extreme (802.11n); built-in Bluetooth 2.0+EDR
Modem Apple USB Modem (sold separately)
Input Apple Remote; full-size, illuminated keyboard with ambient light sensor; scrolling trackpad
Weight4 5.4 pounds 6.8 pounds
Footprint 14.1 by 9.6 inches 15.4 by 10.4 inches
Thickness 1.0 inch
Video accessories DVI to VGA adapter (other adapters sold separately)
Hardware accessories 85W MagSafe Power Adapter, AC wall plug, power cord, lithium-polymer battery
Limited warranty and service Your MacBook Pro comes with 90 days of telephone support and a one-year limited warranty. Purchase theAppleCare Protection Plan to extend your service and support to three full years. Only the AppleCare Protection Plan provides you with direct telephone support from Apple technical experts and the assurance that repairs will be handled by Apple-certified technicians using genuine Apple parts. For more information, visit Apple support or call 800-823-2775.
Apple and the global environment Learn more about Apple’s dedication to reducing the environmental impact of our products and processes.The Apple Product Environmental Specification details the environmental attributes of our products.
Recycling Apple takes a holistic view of materials management and waste minimization. Learn more about how to recycle your Mac.


In the box
MacBook Pro
85W MagSafe Power Adapter, AC wall plug, and power cord
Lithium-polymer battery
Apple Remote
DVI to VGA adapter
Install/restore DVDs
Printed and electronic documentation
Processor and memory
15-inch MacBook Pro
2.2GHz, 2.4GHz, or 2.6GHz Intel Core 2 Duo processor, 4MB on-chip shared L2 cache running 1:1 with processor speed
17-inch MacBook Pro
2.4GHz or 2.6GHz Intel Core 2 Duo processor, 4MB on-chip shared L2 cache running 1:1 with processor speed
2GB (two SO-DIMMs) of PC2-5300 (667MHz) DDR2 memory; two SO-DIMM slots support up to 4GB
800MHz frontside bus
Expansion
One FireWire 400 port at up to 400 Mbps
One FireWire 800 port at up to 800 Mbps
15-inch MacBook Pro
Two 480-Mbps USB 2.0 ports
17-inch MacBook Pro
Three 480-Mbps USB 2.0 ports
ExpressCard/34 slot
Security
Kensington cable lock slot
Battery and power
15-inch MacBook Pro
60-watt-hour lithium-polymer battery (with integrated charge indicator LEDs) providing up to 6 hours of battery life1
17-inch MacBook Pro
68-watt-hour lithium-polymer battery (with integrated charge indicator LEDs) providing up to 5.75 hours of battery life1
85W MagSafe Power Adapter with cable management system
MagSafe power adapter port
Communications
Built-in AirPort Extreme Wi-Fi wireless networking (based on an IEEE 802.11n draft specification); IEEE 802.11a/b/g compatible2
Built-in Bluetooth 2.0+EDR (Enhanced Data Rate)
Built-in 10/100/1000BASE-T Gigabit Ethernet (RJ-45 connector)
Audio
Combined optical digital input/audio line in (minijack)
Combined optical digital output/headphone out (minijack)
Built-in stereo speakers
Internal omnidirectional microphone (located under left speaker grille)
Display
15-inch MacBook Pro
15.4-inch (diagonal) TFT LED backlit display with support for millions of colors; optional glossy widescreen display
Supported resolutions: 1440 by 900 (native), 1280 by 800, 1152 by 720, 1024 by 640, and 800 by 500 at 16:10 aspect ratio; 1024 by 768, 800 by 600, and 640 by 480 at 4:3 aspect ratio; 1024 by 768, 800 by 600, and 640 by 480 at 4:3 aspect ratio stretched; 720 by 480 at 3:2 aspect ratio; 720 by 480 at 3:2 aspect ratio stretched
17-inch MacBook Pro
17-inch (diagonal) TFT display with support for millions of colors; optional glossy widescreen display
Supported resolutions: 1680 by 1050 (native), 1280 by 800, 1152 by 720, 1024 by 640, and 800 by 500 at 16:10 aspect ratio; 1280 by 1024 at 5:4 aspect ratio; 1280 by 1024 at 5:4 aspect ratio stretched; 1024 by 768, 800 by 600, and 640 by 480 at 4:3 aspect ratio; 1024 by 768, 800 by 600, and 640 by 480 at 4:3 aspect ratio stretched; 720 by 480 at 3:2 aspect ratio; 720 by 480 at 3:2 aspect ratio stretched
Optional 17-inch (diagonal) TFT widescreen display with support for millions of colors; optional glossy widescreen display. Supported resolutions: 1920 by 1200 (native), 1680 by 1050, 1280 by 800, 1152 by 720, 1024 by 640, and 800 by 500 at 16:10 aspect ratio; 1280 by 1024 at 5:4 aspect ratio; 1280 by 1024 at 5:4 aspect ratio stretched; 1600 by 1200, 1024 by 768, 800 by 600, and 640 by 480 at 4:3 aspect ratio; 1600 by 1200, 1024 by 768, 800 by 600, and 640 by 480 at 4:3 aspect ratio stretched; 720 by 480 at 3:2 aspect ratio; 720 by 480 at 3:2 aspect ratio stretched
Video and graphics support
15-inch MacBook Pro
NVIDIA GeForce 8600M GT graphics processor with dual-link DVI support; 128MB of GDDR3 SDRAM on 2.2GHz configuration; 256MB of GDDR3 SDRAM on 2.4GHz and 2.6GHz configurations
17-inch MacBook Pro
NVIDIA GeForce 8600M GT graphics processor with dual-link DVI support and 256MB of GDDR3 SDRAM
Dual display and video mirroring: Simultaneously supports full native resolution on the built-in display and up to 2560 by 1600 pixels on an external display, both at millions of colors
DVI output port
VGA output using included DVI to VGA adapter
Built-in iSight camera
Storage
15-inch MacBook Pro
120GB or 160GB 5400-rpm Serial ATA hard drive; optional 200GB 7200-rpm or 250GB 5400-rpm drive3
8x slot-loading SuperDrive (DVD±R DL/DVD±RW/CD-RW)
Maximum write: 8x DVD-R, DVD+R; 4x DVD-R DL (double layer), DVD+R DL (double layer), DVD-RW, DVD+RW; 24x CD-R; 10x CD-RW
Maximum read: 8x DVD-R, DVD+R, DVD-ROM; 6x DVD-ROM (double layer DVD-9), DVD-R DL (double layer), DVD+R DL (double layer), DVD-RW, DVD+RW; 24x CD
17-inch MacBook Pro
160GB 5400-rpm Serial ATA hard drive; optional 200GB 7200-rpm or 250GB 5400-rpm drive3
8x slot-loading SuperDrive (DVD±R DL/DVD±RW/CD-RW)
Maximum write: 8x DVD-R, DVD+R, DVD+RW; 6x DVD-RW; 4x DVD-R DL (double layer), DVD+R DL (double layer); 24x CD-R; 16x CD-RW
Maximum read: 8x DVD-R, DVD+R, DVD+RW, DVD-ROM; 6x DVD-ROM (double layer DVD-9), DVD-R DL (double layer), DVD+R DL (double layer), DVD-RW; 24x CD
Input
Built-in full-size keyboard with 78 (U.S.) or 79 (ISO) keys, including 12 function keys, 4 arrow keys (inverted “T” arrangement), and embedded numeric keypad
Backlit keyboard with ambient light sensors for automatic adjustment of keyboard illumination and screen brightness
Solid-state scrolling trackpad for precise cursor control; supports two-finger scrolling, tap, double-tap, and drag capabilities
Apple Remote
Electrical and environmental requirements
Meets ENERGY STAR requirements
Line voltage: 100V to 240V AC
Frequency: 50Hz to 60Hz
DC input: 18.5 Vdc, 4.6A maximum
Operating temperature: 50° to 95° F (10° to 35° C)
Storage temperature: -13° to 113° F (-24° to 45° C)
Relative humidity: 0% to 90% noncondensing
Maximum operating altitude: 10,000 feet
Maximum storage altitude: 15,000 feet
Maximum shipping altitude: 35,000 feet
Size and weight
15-inch MacBook Pro
Height: 1.0 inch (2.59 cm)
Width: 14.1 inches (35.7 cm)
Depth: 9.6 inches (24.3 cm)
Weight: 5.4 pounds (2.45 kg) with battery and optical drive installed4
17-inch MacBook Pro
Height: 1.0 inch (2.59 cm)
Width: 15.4 inches (39.2 cm)
Depth: 10.4 inches (26.5 cm)
Weight: 6.8 pounds (3.08 kg) with battery and optical drive installed4
Software
Mac OS X v10.5 Leopard (includes Time Machine, Quick Look, Spaces, Spotlight, Dashboard, Mail, iChat, Safari, Address Book, QuickTime, iCal, DVD Player, Photo Booth, Xcode Developer Tools)
iLife ’08 (includes iTunes, iPhoto, iMovie, iDVD, iWeb, GarageBand), Microsoft Office 2004 for Mac Test Drive, iWork ’08 (30-day trial), Aperture Trial
Options
Apple USB Modem
Apple Wireless Keyboard
Apple Keyboard
Apple wireless Mighty Mouse
Apple Mighty Mouse
AppleCare Protection Plan
Online store options
Up to 4GB main memory
160GB 5400-rpm, 200GB 7200-rpm hard drive; 250GB 5400-rpm hard drive;3
AirPort Extreme Base Station
AirPort Express
Apple DVI to Base Station Video Adapter
Apple 85W MagSafe Power Adapter
MagSafe Airline Adapter
Rechargeable Battery, 15-inch MacBook Pro
Rechargeable Battery, 17-inch MacBook Pro
World Travel Adapter Kit
iWork ’08
Battery life depends on configuration and use.
Wireless Internet access requires base station or other wireless access point and Internet access (fees may apply). Some ISPs are not currently compatible with AirPort. Range may vary with site conditions.
1GB = 1 billion bytes; actual formatted capacity less.
Actual weight varies by configuration and manufacturing process.
Last Modified: Jun 29, 2011
 

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