How to Connect a MacBook to an LCD TV

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How to Connect a MacBook to an LCD TV
You can connect your MacBook to your high definition LCD TV. (televisor lcd image by enens from Fotolia.com)

The MacBook is Apple's personal laptop computer. There are two major types of MacBooks, plastic and aluminium Macbooks. If you want to connect your MacBook to a high-definition LCD TV, you will need a video adaptor. The video adaptor cable you will need depends on the type of MacBook you own. Most plastic white and black MacBooks require a mini DVI to HDMI adaptor, while aluminium MacBooks require a mini display port to HDMI adaptor.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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Things you need

  • Mini-DVI to HDMI cable (for plastic MacBooks)
  • Mini Display Port to HDMI (for aluminium MacBooks)
  • HDMI cable

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Determine what video cable you need for your MacBook. Older plastic MacBooks require a mini DVI to HDMI adaptor and aluminium MacBooks require a mini display port to HDMI adaptor. Also, 2009 plastic MacBooks use the mini display port to HDMI cable.

  2. 2

    Plug one end of the video adaptor into the video output jack of your MacBook. The video output port is on the left hand side of your MacBook.

  3. 3

    Insert one end of the HDMI cable into the opposite end of the video adaptor.

  4. 4

    Connect the opposite end of the HDMI cable into the HDMI input jack of your LCD TV. This is usually located on one of the sides or the back of most LCD TVs.

  5. 5

    Change the video input source on your TV to the input that your computer is plugged into. Press the "Source" or "Input" button on your remote control to change the video input source.

  6. 6

    Optimise display settings on your MacBook. Click the "Apple" menu followed by "System Preferences." Click "Displays" under the "Hardware" menu. Click the "Detect Displays" and the MacBook automatically detects the LCD TV and optimises the display settings.

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