Connect Mac Book Pro to an HDTV

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Sometimes when you are watching movies on your Mac Book Pro, you are not satisfied with the screen size, and you want to connect it and watch the movie on your HDTV. But how can you stream the screen of your Mac Book Pro to your HDTV?. In order to do that, you need to use a special adapter, called "Mini Display Port to HDMI Adapter", and an HDMI cable. Usually this adapter supports sounds so, you don't need to buy an extra cable for the audio output. I included the link in case you need to buy the adapter and the HDMI cable.

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Instructions

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    First you need connect the Mac Book Pro Mini Display Port to the HDMI Adapter.
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    You will also need an HDMI cable.
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    After having both, connect the HDMI cable on the Mini display port, and the other end to the HDMI port of the TV.
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    Connect the Mini display port to the Mac Book Pro.
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    Make sure your Mac Book is turned on (or the next step will not work).
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    On your TV's remote control, press "source", and select the HDMI port that you plugged the HDMI cable into.
    After that, the screen of your Macbook Pro should appear on your HDTV screen. If not, you can try to reboot your device, and then repeat the process.
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Possible Reasons Why Mac Book Pro Does Not Communicate With HDTV

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    The HDMI cable that you are using is faulty.
    Try to get a high quality HDMI cable.
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    The Mini Display Port to HDMI adapter is faulty.
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    There's a problem in your Mac Book Pro Mini Display Port.
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    There's a problem in your TV's HDMI port.
    Try to use different port.
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    You need to manually force your Mac Book Pro to detect a video output.
    You can do that by going in your Mac Book Pro "Applications" > System Preferences > Display > Then Click on "Detect Display".
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In some circumstances, Mac Book Pro can't communicate with the HDTV when you connect it if it is on "Sleep Mode" or Turned On

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    Turn off your Mac Book Pro completely.
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    Unplug the HDMI cable in your TV, and leave the other end connected in your Mac Book Pro.
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    Plug or Connect the HDMI cable on your TV's HDMI slot.
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    Open your Mac Book Pro.
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Tips Tricks & Warnings

  • For Audio problems, adjust settings in System Preferences > Sound > Output. If that fails, then go to this link http://support.apple.com/kb/HT4241?viewlocale=en_US for more detailed help.
  • Your Mac Book screen will turn blue when it senses an HDMI connection. If the screen does not go blue, check the connection or, try a different HDMI cable. The other possibility is that your TV is not listening to the right "source" HDMI port, and is thus not communicating with the Mac Book. This varies from TV to TV but, most televisions establish an HDMI connection on any port that a cable is plugged into, irrespective of the source selected. If you have access to a different TV, you may want to try connecting to another TV before investing in another HDMI cable.
  • Warning: HDMI cables bought from the dollar store don't work a significant percentage of the time.* Often, defective cables are shipped to dollar stores. So, if you're having trouble try, a good quality HDMI cable.
  • If you have problems with any of these steps, ask a question for more help, or post in the comments section below.

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