How to Connect a TV to a Mac

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Sites such as Netflix and Apple iTunes make it possible to turn your Mac into a portable media center. However, it may be difficult to watch your favorite movie or television show with family and friends on the small screen of your Mac. By using the Mac's DVI port, you can convert any S-video or Composite video device into a monitor for streaming movies and other videos directly from your Mac. By following a few simple steps, you can connect your Mac to a TV.

Things You'll Need

  • Apple Mini DVI to VGA adapter
  • Mini DisplayPort to VGA adapter
  • Stereo RCA connector
  • Female DVI-D (dual link) connector
  • HDMI-DVI cable
  • S-Video connector

Connecting to a TV that has a PC Input

  • Locate the VGA connector on the back of the TV labeled "PC" or "RGB."

  • Connect the VGA cable from the Mac to the TV.

  • Use the TV's menu option to select "PC input".

Connecting to a TV that has a DVI-D connector

  • Connect the VGA connector on the Mac to a female DVI-D (dual link) connector.

  • Plug the DVI-D connector into the TV's audio/visual input.

  • Use the TV's menu option to select "DVI input".

Connecting to a TV that has an HDMI connector

Connecting to a TV that has S-Video or RCA connector

  • Connect the Mac's Mini-DVI to Video adapter to an S-Video or RCA composite video cable.

  • Plug the RCA or S-Video input into the audio/visual input on the TV.

  • Use the TV's menu option to select "Audio/Visual input"

Tips & Warnings

  • The cables and method you use to connect your Mac to the TV will depend on both the make and model of your Mac and television. Check both your Mac and television manuals to ensure that you purchase the correct connection cords to link your Mac to your computer.

References

  • Photo Credit Ryan McVay/Photodisc/Getty Images
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