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I am trying to use my 32 inch Insignia HDTV as the display for my 13 inch macbook. I got an adapter for the vga, connected everything and turned then on. The display only shows one of my desktop pictures and doesn't show anything else. I want to use my macbook as a dvd player.

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--==<[ DVI to VGA vs. DVI to HDMI ]>==-- Caleb, what you really want to do to get your Macbook working with the Insignia HDTV is to >RETURN< and exchange the DVI to VGA adapter for a DVI to HDMI adapter. This is assuming your hdtv has HDMI inputs (which I'm pretty sure all the insignia ones do! I own a 1080p 32" Insignia HDTV and it has 4 HDMI's). The reason you should exchange them is that DVI and HDMI are essentially the same connector (and a better connection than VGA), the only difference between DVI and HDMI is that HDMI additionaly contains two audio channel wires. HDMI (which is a smaller version of DVI) is a digital signal and will give you perfect picture quality compared to the analog 'pc vga' type connector you were converting it to with the adapter you described (not to mention it will probably just work immediately since there is intelligent 'handshaking' that goes on with an HDMI connection, so it will tell your HDTV what resolution to use rather than it having to guess....)
I am guessing by now you solved the problem since it was in June that you posted and it's now November as I write this, but I figured you're probably not the only one who tried hooking it up that way. And most people don't seem to realize that DVI and HDMI are essentially the same type of connection, just smaller, with audio added. So someone will most likely benefit from this posting =)
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The first thing would be to have your external display on, then turn on your mac. It should see the monitor and set it up automatically. I'm not a mac wizard but if that doesn't work, I know in the display section you can set it to mirror your image to the external display.

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