How to Connect a Macbook to a TV

Television manufacturers have made it much easier for consumers to attach personal electronic devices like Apple’s MacBook by increasing the number of video inputs. When Apple shipped its first MacBooks in 2006, they included a multipurpose Mini-DVI port that could send video to external displays through a variety of formats—VGA, DVI, S-video and Composite to name a few (http://support.apple.com/kb/SP31). In their Late 2008 Aluminum MacBooks, Apple adopted the new industry-standard Mini DisplayPort that boasts DVI, VGA and Dual-Link DVI connectivity (http://support.apple.com/kb/SP500).

Connect Your MacBook to a Television

Step

Determine the correct Mini-DVI or Mini DisplayPort adapter for your MacBook and television.

Step

Turn the television on and connect the adapter to the appropriate port.

Step

Boot MacBook and connect the adapter.

Step

Toggle the television's video input to the selected adapter. This is frequently available on remote control buttons as "input."

Step

Open "System Preferences Displays" tab on your MacBook to control resolution and video-mirroring capabilities.