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Laptop i would like to connect my laptop to my tv i've connected the vga cable into the back of the tv & laptop but i cannot get the picture to come up onto the tv screen it will only work when the laptop is switching off.

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You gotta go to system preferences and click on display then click on detect display settings. its should work. if not press F7 after clicked on detect displays

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Bruce,
There are add on boxes that can do this for you , They atart around $100- to $500
But most newer laptops may have an HDMI output that will connect to your TV. If your laptop is older it may have a 15 pin VGA out connection, some TVs have this input. So first thing is see what inputs your TV has and what outputs your laptop has. Older laptops have a composite output that will connect to almost any TV , but that would produce a low resolution picture not that great to watch.
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But a vga to tv converted doesn't make much sense. Your connection should be mini-display from your mac, to an adapter to either VGA, DVI, or HDMI depending on your TV connection type.

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Okay. Thanks for the info too...

I looked at the user's guide for this laptop and see exactly what you're saying.
I found it here: http://manuals.info.apple.com/en/MacBook_Pro_Users_Guide.pdf

So, the laptop comes with a DVI to VGA adapter because the only port on this system that will allow you to connect an external display is one that connects to a DVI port (in short, you don't have a VGA port).

moz-screenshot-3.jpgmoz-screenshot-4.jpgOkay, you have a couple of options here:

  1. You can purchase a docking station which, depending on where you buy it from, will be more expensive than the other options. If you decide to purchase one, first make sure that it will provide the ports that you need. For example, my docking station has one DVI port and one VGA port. If and when I connect a second monitor, I will connect it to the DVI port using a single DVI to VGA adapter (as I don't have any flat panels that connect directly to a DVI port). 63efdf2.jpg If you purchase the docking station, make sure it has both the DVI and VGA or you're stilling floating up the same creek without a paddle.
2. You can't use the cable that came with the laptop because it only connects to the DVI port
of your laptop with one VGA connector on the other end, therefore, supporting only one
external monitor. You need either a DVI to DVI and VGA adapter or a DVI to VGA and VGA
adapter
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This is a DVI to DVI and VGA adapter
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This is a DVI to VGA and VGA adapter

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Okay, now that we covered that information, let's get down to business...
Since you already have your monitors and probably don't want to spend $200-300 on a docking station, this is the best and quickest solution:

You have two monitors both with VGA connectors. Your laptop has 1 DVI port on its side (correct?).
Look at the image of the DVI to VGA and VGA adapter. You need to purchase one of these. It will allow you to connect one end to the DVI port on the laptop and connect your monitors to the two VGA ports on the other end...viola!!

You can use the DVI to VGA and DVI adapter but it would complicate your situation unless you were trying to connect a VGA and DVI monitor so we can eliminate that option unless you are desparate and that's the only adapter you find to purchase.

These adapters are very inexpensive (probably anywhere from $9 to $19. You should be able to purchase them at a store that sells computers, hardware, software, etc. You may even find them at Wal-Mart or RadioShack. If need be, you can purchase one online. However, if you go out and search a couple of stores or computer places, you should find one and be able to connect your monitors when you get home.

Feel free to leave any comments if you need further information.

Thanks for using Fixya and don't forget to rate this solution.

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Then:
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Re: Video Card TOAST???


Given the environment and issue, sometimes a solid way to process of eliminate, is to add a display to the laptop. Laptop videocards are embedded/integrated in the motherboard/logic board. So, your Mac has not been specified. This provides for many variables. I'll keep this simple but thorough.


First, monitors. Unless you have a great hook up from the next level, you will most likely have a:
  • VGA monitor. if the monitor has the cable attached to it, and not via connectors, but actually runs into the back of the monitor, odds are it's VGA.
  • DVI monitor. Most DVI monitors do have atleast a VGA input.
DVI is digital and far more robust, but the cables and connectors might not outweight what you gain from it if you're not using it to, watch movies, edit video and or edit high resolution photo. If you already own a DVI monitor, then I feel the cable ( if 3-6 ft) and the "possible adapter"
($20) is well worth enjoying what you've paid for.

The "possible adapter" is a white (made by Apple for Apple) proprietary adapter that is required to connect any Macintosh laptop that IS NOT of the ALUMINUM POWERBOOK or MAC BOOK or MACBOOK PRO series, to a monitor. All recent Macintosh laptops ship with 1 form or another of a video adapter.

  • Mini VGA to VGA
  • Mini DVI to DVI
If you need to cross over VGA to DVI and DVI to VGA adapters are available, but you will then have to make note of the gender of the connecting port or cable end.



So, if you own:
  • A white G3/G4 IBook, the video output connection is MINI VGA.
  • Older Titanium Powerbooks, pre 667Mhz have a standard VGA on the rear.
  • 667Mhz-1Ghz Titanium Powerbook, all Aluminum Powerbooks, and ALL Macbook Pros have an on-board DVI female ports. In the rear for TIbooks and Rear right side on Aluminumbooks and MBPs.
  • All Macbooks utilize mini DVI.
SO, ON WITH THE QUESTION PLEASE!!

Connect a display to your laptop. If you get a picture, than more than likely, any component from the cable that runs from the motherboard, up into the display panel, to the inside of the display, is faulty.

If you do not get a picture, than its highly possible the video card or GPU has failed.

If you could specify your model, I can further assist you.




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