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using a mac with a tv

by cariboocarol / December 20, 2016 8:42 PM PST

Ok, I bought an hdmi cable a while ago so i could use my tv as a monitor for my mac. I get a great picture but there is no sound from the tv speakers, only the sound that comes from my laptop. Am i able to get sound? Im torn between fixing my mac and buying a new laptop. Id rather keep what i have if i can, but using the tv as a monitor is kind of a big deal for me as I do not have any cablevision etc for entertainment...lol

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Clarification Request
What is this aftermarket HDMI?
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / December 21, 2016 10:35 AM PST
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I think this post is missing details such as what that aftermarket device is and exact model/OS of the mac.

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mac info
by cariboocarol / December 21, 2016 10:50 AM PST

My macbook pro is mid 2009
processor: 2.26 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo
graphics: NVIDIA GeForce 9400M 256 MB
OS: El Capitan version 10.11.6

The HDMI cord has nothing marked on it at all. I ordered it off Ebay. I get a beautiful picture on the tv but no sound.
I hope this is what is needed?

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Most of what I need to know.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / December 21, 2016 10:58 AM PST
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Machine specs are at https://support.apple.com/kb/SP544?locale=en_US&viewlocale=en_US (you can confirm.)

You've left me to guess the adapter is a mini-displayport thing. I can google from here.

https://www.google.com/search?q=mini+displayport+to+hdmi+no+sound+macbook+pro+2009

https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT202079 writes:
"These Apple computers supply only video signals over Mini DisplayPort:
...
MacBook Pro (late 2008), (Mid 2009), and (Early 2009)"

It looks like you are getting exactly what is supported.

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Workaround? How about
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / December 21, 2016 11:00 AM PST
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Possible BEST workaround. This cable has AUDIO.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / December 21, 2016 1:34 PM PST
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Answer
And what's wrong with the laptop sound?
by Oldartq / December 20, 2016 9:18 PM PST
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Don't sound good? I have never use an hdmi connection for computer, don't know how it is suppose to work. Maybe there are some setup needs to be done.

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sound
by cariboocarol / December 20, 2016 9:25 PM PST

Ive read that i may need a dongle? and that should help? but mac stuff is pricey and i dont want to purchase just to find out it doesnt work...sigh.... I really am trying to educate myself on comp but there is just SO MUCH to learn....

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laptop sound
by cariboocarol / December 21, 2016 10:14 AM PST

The laptop sound isnt loud enough when im sitting across the room watching the tv. Also the stereo system on the tv has much better sound

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Answer
why not use the ear plug
by James Denison / December 20, 2016 10:05 PM PST
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audio
by cariboocarol / December 20, 2016 10:13 PM PST

i never thought about it. My friends laptop works with just an hdmi cable. I have one of those cords I think. Is it the same one to plug ipods into the car stereo?

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should be
by James Denison / December 21, 2016 2:53 PM PST
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give it a try.

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Here is a short guide
by lacsr / December 21, 2016 4:02 AM PST
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http://osxdaily.com/2013/04/28/connect-mac-to-tv/
I doubt there is something wrong with the Mac, it just takes a small amount of hoop jumping.
BTW: if following the guide does not help, then come back with some additional info about the Mac and the OS installed, also include what adapter you are using for the HDMI connection.
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sound
by cariboocarol / December 21, 2016 10:16 AM PST
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I read the guide, but it also said that this will work with 2010 and newer models. Mine is a mid 2009. The OS is El Capitan. My HDMI is an after market one I ordered online. Not sure what other info to add?

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El Capitan is OK
by lacsr / December 21, 2016 10:39 AM PST
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The problem could be the adapter, however. Not all things are created equal. It might help if the make and model number of the adapter is given, since it is not an Apple product.

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adaptor
by cariboocarol / December 21, 2016 10:52 AM PST
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There is nothing written on it at all. Just a plain white cord. It was ordered off Ebay.

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WORKS
by cariboocarol / December 23, 2016 4:54 PM PST
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I got it working!!! Thank you all for your help!

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