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TV as computer monitor?
Posted by: Surfrider
Date: February 27, 2021 01:01PM
I started playing guitar again after a very, very long layoff.

I need a monitor/tv so I can watch YouTube vids giving guitar "lessons".

I can't see the screen properly on my old Macbook, so I'm wondering what the best way to get a 27-36-ish TV to hook up to said old Macbook.

Never thought about this before, have some decent Asus and Dell monitors on my Minis, and they plug right in.

What should I look for?

Thanks in advance!
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Re: TV as computer monitor?
Posted by: btfc
Date: February 27, 2021 01:07PM
How old is the Macbook? What OS?

Now that the Apple TV (3rd generation) is starting to lose support for some apps I’ve been seeing them going cheap.

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If your laptop supports it, it makes screen mirroring really easy.
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Re: TV as computer monitor?
Posted by: Forrest
Date: February 27, 2021 01:29PM
Most TV's you can buy are SmartTV's - the YouTube app is built into the TV.
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Re: TV as computer monitor?
Posted by: anonymouse1
Date: February 27, 2021 01:53PM
If we know what model MB you have, and what the inputs on your TV are, we could advise you on what cable to buy.
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Re: TV as computer monitor?
Posted by: Surfrider
Date: February 27, 2021 02:10PM
Lemme look at the Macbook. I'll be back in a few minutes,,,I have to repair my washing machine...a fun job if there ever was........
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Re: TV as computer monitor?
Posted by: Surfrider
Date: February 27, 2021 04:05PM
Macbook 10.7.5

2.2 ghz intel core 2 duo

2 gb Ram.
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Re: TV as computer monitor?
Posted by: Sarcany
Date: February 27, 2021 04:16PM
I think, given the limitations of that laptop, that you should probably get a 4K Roku.

It has a YouTube channel and 4K Rokus support AirPlay which lets you stream video from iOS devices. (Assuming that you have iOS devices, it's a fair bet that any of them will be better for video than your MacBook.)

...The TV doesn't have to be 4K. It just has to have a spare HDMI port.







Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 02/27/2021 04:17PM by Sarcany.
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Re: TV as computer monitor?
Posted by: MEG
Date: February 27, 2021 04:44PM
Is it a white MacBook? I think you'll need a "Mini DVI to HDMI" adapter if the TV has HDMI inputs (and an HDMI cable). If the TV has a DVI input, then a "Mini DVI to DVI" (with a standard DVI video cable).
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Re: TV as computer monitor?
Posted by: Surfrider
Date: February 28, 2021 02:19PM
Thanks folks.
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Re: TV as computer monitor?
Posted by: fauch
Date: March 01, 2021 01:27PM
Unless one or both are REALLY old, HDMI...
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