How to connect a Mac to a TV

Connecting an Intel based Macintosh laptop to a TV
Scenario 1: TV has a PC input on it
1. Look for the VGA connector on the back of your TV.
It may also be labeled PC or RGB.
2. Make sure you have the correct VGA video adapter for your Mac
It is necessary to convert the Mini DVI or Mini DisplayPort connector on your Mac to a female15 pin VGA
connector. If you don't have one you can order it from Apple.
Apple Mini DVI to VGA Adapter
Used with "older" Intel Macs
.
Mini DisplayPort to VGA Adapter
Used with latest Macs
3. Connect a VGA monitor cable from the VGA adapter to the VGA connector on your TV
If you don't have a VGA monitor cable handy, here's a good one from Amazon.
Cables To Go - 28012 - 10ft Pro Series HD15 M/M SVGA Monitor Cable with
Ferrites (Black)
3. Select the PC input on the TV.
4. If it just works, thank the computer gods and congratulate yourself for buying a Mac!
5. If it doesn't, don't despair, you're still really smart and wonderful.
You may just have to make some adjustments in the System Preferences under the Apple
menu.
1. Choose Displays
2. Make sure to check Mirror Displays in the Arrangement section.
3. Choose a lower resolution in the Display section.
6. Get bigger and better sound from your Mac.
There should be an audio input associated with the PC input on your TV. It could be RCA or
Mini Headphone. If so,run the appropriate cable from the headphone jack on your laptop to
the TV or your stereo system.
RiteAV - 3.5mm to Stereo RCA Male Cable - 6 ft.
Amazon.com
RiteAV - 3.5mm Stereo Headphone Cable - 12ft.
From Amazon.com
Alternatively self powered pc speakers are a good way to go.
Here's a typical offering available from Amazon or elsewhere:
Creative Inspire T3000 3-Piece Powered Speaker System
Scenario 2: TV doesn't have a PC input but does have a DVI-D (Dual Link) connector
If you don't have a PC input that looks like this on your TV
but you do have a DVI - D (Dual Link) connector that looks like this,
you MAY be able to connect your Mac.
NOTE: There are FIVE different types of DVI connectors. So make sure you
have DVI - D (Dual Link) and not a DVI-A, DVI-I, etc
You can go here if you want to learn about the exciting world of DVI
connections.
1. Convert the Mini DVI or Mini DisplayPort connector on your Mac to a female DVI-D (Dual Link).
If you don't have one you can order it from Apple.
Apple Mini-DVI to DVI Adapter
Used with "older" Intel Macs
Mini DisplayPort to DVI Adapter
You'll also need a DVI-D (Dual Link) cable.
You can get a high quality one here:
http://www.datapro.net/products/dvi-d-dual-link-digital-cable.html
3. Select the DVI input on the TV.
4. If it just works, thank the computer gods and congratulate yourself for
buying a Mac!
5. If it doesn't, don't despair, you're still really smart and wonderful.
You may just have to make some adjustments in the System Preferences under
the Apple menu.
1. Choose Displays
2. Make sure to check Mirror Displays in the Arrangement section.
3. Choose a lower resolution in the Display section.
6 . Get bigger and better sound from your Mac.
Connect a mini headphone to RCA cable
RiteAV - 3.5mm to Stereo RCA Male Cable - 6 ft.
Amazon.com
from the headphone jack on your Mac to the TV or into your stereo system.
Alternatively self powered pc speakers are a good way to go.
Here's a typical offering available from Amazon or elsewhere:
Creative Inspire T3000 3-Piece Powered Speaker System
Scenario 3: TV doesn't have PC connector but does have an HDMI connector
If you don't have a PC input that looks like this on your TV
but you do have a female HDMI connector that looks like this, you MAY be
able to connect your Mac.
1. Convert the
Mini DVI or Mini DisplayPort connector on your Mac to a female DVI-D (Dual Link).
If you don't have one you can order it from Apple.
Apple Mini-DVI to DVI Adapter
Used with "older" Intel Macs
Mini DisplayPort to DVI Adapter
You'll also need an HDMI-DVI cable.
It's available from Apple
Belkin HDMI to DVI Cable - 12 ft.
2. Connect the cables and choose the HDMI input on your TV.
3. If it just works, thank the computer gods and congratulate yourself for
buying a Mac!
4. If it doesn't, don't despair, you're still really smart and wonderful.
You may just have to make some adjustments in the System Preferences under
the Apple menu.
1. Choose Displays
2. Make sure to check Mirror Displays in the Arrangement section.
3. Choose a lower resolution in the Display section.
5 . Get bigger and better sound from your Mac.
Connect a mini headphone to RCA cable
RiteAV - 3.5mm to Stereo RCA Male Cable - 6 ft.
Amazon.com
from the headphone jack on your Mac to the TV or into your stereo system.
Alternatively self powered pc speakers are a good way to go.
Here's a typical offering available from Amazon or elsewhere:
Creative Inspire T3000 3-Piece Powered Speaker System
Scenario 4: TV only has S-Video or RCA Connector
NOTE: Only FOR "OLDER" Intel Macs that use the Mini DVI connector
If you just have an S-Video or RCA video input
you can connect your "older Intel Mac" with one of these adapters available from
Apple:
Apple Mini-DVI to Video Adapter
Only for "older" Intel Macs
You'll also need an S-Video or RCA composite video cable. If you have the
choice S-Video is better.
From Amazon.com
S-video Cable - 6 ft
RCA Type Composite Video Cable
1. Connect the cables and choose the RCA or S-Video input on your TV.
3. If it just works, thank the computer gods and congratulate yourself for
buying a Mac!
4. If it doesn't, don't despair, you're still really smart and wonderful.
You may just have to make some adjustments in the System Preferences under
the Apple menu.
1. Choose Displays
2. Make sure to check Mirror Displays in the Arrangement section.
3. Choose a lower resolution (640x480) in the Display section.
4 . Get bigger and better sound from your Mac.
Connect a mini headphone to RCA cable
RiteAV - 3.5mm to Stereo RCA Male Cable - 6 ft.
Amazon.com
from the headphone jack on your Mac to the TV or into your stereo system.
Alternatively self powered pc speakers are a good way to go.
Here's a typical offering available from Amazon or elsewhere:
Creative Inspire T3000 3-Piece Powered Speaker System
A couple of other options
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A Playstation 3 with firmware version 2.5 or higher has a good browser with
Flash support.
Point a camcorder at the laptop screen and connect the video out to your TV. It
works surprisingly well.