Connecting Macbook with a compaq MP1400 digital projector
I was given a Compaq MP1400 digital projector. How do I connect it to my Macbook? I am not sure that I have the right cables. I do not have an instruction manual for the Compaq. Help please!
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You may have disconnected the projector while your laptop was about to go to sleep. Try (force) restarting the computer by holding down the power button for a few seconds, wait til it shuts down, then power-up again!
I'm not familiar with that particular projector, but I believe I can help you get a couple cables to hook them up.
According to some specs I found * the projector has a VGA connection. Next we need to figure out which MacBook Pro you have. Does it have a silver keyboard or a black keyboard? If the keyboard is silver, you need a "DVI to VGA" cable, at least a metre long. You might want a longer one. If your keyboard is black, your MacBook Pro probably has Mini Displayport. That's a bit more exotic, but I'm sure you'll be able to find a "Mini Displayport to VGA" cable.
You can also get adaptors and then use regular cables.
For audio, I believe they're called 3.5 mm stereo plugs. So you'll neet a 3.5 mm stereo plug to 3.5 mm stereo plug cable. Make sure it will be long enough.
Apple sells both kinds of cables. If you want to save money, you might shop around. I don't know UK stores, so I don't know if I can help much there. I buy my cables at www.monoprice.com, an American site.
You may need a certain connection (MiniDisplay Port to DVI, or MiniDisplay Port to VGA). If you're connecting to an HDMI-compatible projector, you'll need an adapter. You'll also need an adapter if connecting your MDP (MiniDisplay Port) to a DVI or VGA port. Here are some helpful links: #1 MDP Adapter Video (YouTube) #2 MDP to HDMI Adapter (RadioShack) #3 MDP to VGA Adapter (Apple Store) #4 MDP to DVI Adapter (Apple Store)
Hi there Yep, sounds like the machine thinks it is an additional monitor. So you can run it as that but the mirroring does not work. So the mirroring works with your own projector?
There are a couple of things you can do. Try connecting the projector and power it up when you machine is off and then boot your machine up. If the mirroring still does not work open up your display panel look under arrangement. You should then see two displays. One will have a red line around it. That is your laptop. In the display panel you can then drag the second display over your display and that should have the same effect as mirroring.
Depends on the connections you have on both. Most MacBook Pros have a DVI connector on the side. If the IBM projector takes that sort of input, then all you need is that cable. If the IBM projector has a VGA input, then you'll need an adaptor from DVI to VGA. (VGA input is standard monitor looking connector.)