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# 176966 17-Jul-2015 12:50
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I want to connect my macbook pro to my panasonic TV and need to know what cables (if any) I need
I already have a cable to connect it to a standard PC monitor cable and I use an external monitor.
I know my TV has the same sort of Monitor / PC plug socket on the back, so could I use that or do I need to connect it to one of the HDMI sockets?

any advice would be helpful

thanks in advance

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  # 1346230 17-Jul-2015 13:06
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Depends what Macbook you have. Some of the rMBP's have a native HDMI output, otherwise you'll probably have either a thunderbolt or miniDisplayPort, which will require an adapter to HDMI or whichever output you require (HDMI, DVI, VGA, etc)

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  # 1346232 17-Jul-2015 13:17
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Which generation MacBook Pro is it?  i.e. how old?

If you connect using the cable you already have (standard PC monitor cable) - do you mean that's a VGA cable or a DVI cable?  VGA has a blue plug with less pin holes than a DVI cable which has a white plug.

If it's VGA you can use it to connect to the TV if it has a VGA input, BUT it might not display at a very high resolution.  

You're better off using HDMI if possible as it will display at a native 1920x1080 resolution (or 1280x1366 if it's a 720p tv).  But yes as jtan mentioned you might need another dongle for that (Thunderbolt -> HDMI) along with an actual HDMI cable.  If it's a newer MacBook Pro you should be able to plug a HDMI cable into it directly without needing a dongle.

Failing all that just get an Apple TV and use AirPlay screen sharing.

 
 
 
 


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  # 1346233 17-Jul-2015 13:22
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I have a 2011 Macbook Pro and connect to HDMI on the TV but needed mini display port to HDMI adapter which I bought from PB Tech



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  # 1346234 17-Jul-2015 13:23
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jtan: Depends what Macbook you have. Some of the rMBP's have a native HDMI output, otherwise you'll probably have either a thunderbolt or miniDisplayPort, which will require an adapter to HDMI or whichever output you require (HDMI, DVI, VGA, etc)


it's a Macbook Pro 2013? it doesn't have HDMI out - not that I am aware of anyway
the adapter I use has a small plug that goes into the Macbook - smaller than a HDMI, and has the connecting box that connects the PC Monitor cable
I will check the HDMI bit later when I get home

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  # 1346235 17-Jul-2015 13:25
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  # 1346237 17-Jul-2015 13:35
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my adapter looks exactly like this except it has the pins on it to connect to a standart PC Monitor.

 

 

I will check if the spare slot on the macbook is an HDMI slot - if so problem sorted :-)

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  # 1346243 17-Jul-2015 13:45
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The external connections on the 2013 model macbook pro's include 2x thunderbolt ports. For the purposes of an external display a miniDisplayPort adapter to the the connection you require will work. PBTech sells a variety of adapters and you can get them on TradeMe also.

http://www.pbtech.co.nz/index.php?p=search&sf=mini+displayport&c=adapters

 
 
 
 


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  # 1346259 17-Jul-2015 14:04
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I bought one of these recently for $12NZ, including shipping:
http://www.banggood.com/Wholesale-6FT-Mini-Displayport-DP-to-HDMI-Adapter-Cable-Male-Male-p-30239.html

you gotta work out what type of display output you have on your model, and then purchase a suitable converter.
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  # 1346276 17-Jul-2015 14:24
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If it is the "thick MacBook Pro 13 (non-retina) then it doesn't have HDMI port then you'll need mDP to HDMI; If it is Retina Display models, the HDMI port is on the right side.




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