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Post by sarahelizabeth16 on Tue 09 Jul 2013, 00:00

I don't know if this is the correct board (it seemed like the best fit, but mods, please move it if necessary Very Happy ), but I was wondering if anyone could help me with connecting my laptop (a Mac) to my TV or Xbox 360. I have quite a few pirated movies, and rather than burn them to DVD (which is time-consuming and often reduces the quality, in my experience), I'd simply like to plug my computer into the TV so I can watch the movies directly from there. What sort of cable(s) would I need, or additional hardware?

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Post by V10R37 on Tue 09 Jul 2013, 07:39

MAC... not using so I don't exactly know what to tell you.
The easiest way is HDMI if both your MAC and TV support it.
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Post by Adwomin on Wed 10 Jul 2013, 00:02

Hello,

If you can tell me which Mac model you're using exactly, I can check which (graphic) ports you have available.
I'm not sure whether it's even possible with Mac.
With an ordinary laptop you just plug in one video cable and one audio cable OR one HMDI cable, which transfers both sound and video signal, if your laptop supports HDMI.

This is what an HDMI port looks like:

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Post by Sir Auron on Wed 10 Jul 2013, 02:07

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With an ordinary laptop you just plug in one video cable and one audio cable OR one HMDI cable, which transfers both sound and video signal, if your laptop supports HDMI.

If your tv is the good old CRT tv (the fat one), and has the white red yellow connectors you could use one of these little HDMI adapters  http://www.amazon.com/ViewHD-Universal-Composite-Converter-Standard/dp/B0080KN18K


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Post by Shamrock on Wed 10 Jul 2013, 09:22

I had a friend who had a Mac and an Xbox, and he had a software to connect directly to the Xbox. Can't remember the name though... Rolling Eyes 
Otherwise HDMI seems the best shot!

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Post by ☠ ~ Aɳɳ ~ ☠ on Wed 10 Jul 2013, 09:57

I often copy video to a USB drive to watch using the xbox. It'll work with most file formats and video torrents these days often make mention of the ability to play it on xbox.

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Post by sarahelizabeth16 on Sat 13 Jul 2013, 02:17

Shamrock wrote:I had a friend who had a Mac and an Xbox, and he had a software to connect directly to the Xbox. Can't remember the name though... Rolling Eyes 

 If you don't mind, please ask your friend. That software would be perfect!

Anyway, thanks to everyone for the help. According to JVC's website, my TV isn't compatible with Mac. I think I'll try Lady ElDi's idea of plugging a flash drive into my Xbox.
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Post by Shamrock on Sun 14 Jul 2013, 00:47

sarahelizabeth16 wrote:
Shamrock wrote:I had a friend who had a Mac and an Xbox, and he had a software to connect directly to the Xbox. Can't remember the name though... Rolling Eyes 

 If you don't mind, please ask your friend. That software would be perfect!

Anyway, thanks to everyone for the help. According to JVC's website, my TV isn't compatible with Mac. I think I'll try Lady ElDi's idea of plugging a flash drive into my Xbox.

 Well as far as I can remember, you just go to the Xbox menu and click on MediaPlayer, or something like this. Then you can play with your computer through WiFi...

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Post by ☠ ~ Aɳɳ ~ ☠ on Sun 14 Jul 2013, 10:39

Shamrock wrote:
sarahelizabeth16 wrote:
Shamrock wrote:I had a friend who had a Mac and an Xbox, and he had a software to connect directly to the Xbox. Can't remember the name though... Rolling Eyes 

 If you don't mind, please ask your friend. That software would be perfect!

Anyway, thanks to everyone for the help. According to JVC's website, my TV isn't compatible with Mac. I think I'll try Lady ElDi's idea of plugging a flash drive into my Xbox.

 Well as far as I can remember, you just go to the Xbox menu and click on MediaPlayer, or something like this. Then you can play with your computer through WiFi...

I think that only works with windows, that function is part of the Windows mediacenter. I couldn't do it on XP either.
Correct me if I'm wrong though!

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Re: Connecting laptop to TV?

Post by sarahelizabeth16 on Sun 14 Jul 2013, 18:03

Lady ElDi wrote:
Shamrock wrote:
sarahelizabeth16 wrote:
Shamrock wrote:I had a friend who had a Mac and an Xbox, and he had a software to connect directly to the Xbox. Can't remember the name though... Rolling Eyes 

 If you don't mind, please ask your friend. That software would be perfect!

Anyway, thanks to everyone for the help. According to JVC's website, my TV isn't compatible with Mac. I think I'll try Lady ElDi's idea of plugging a flash drive into my Xbox.

 Well as far as I can remember, you just go to the Xbox menu and click on MediaPlayer, or something like this. Then you can play with your computer through WiFi...

I think that only works with windows, that function is part of the Windows mediacenter. I couldn't do it on XP either.
Correct me if I'm wrong though!

 You're right, it only works with Windows. Thanks for trying everybody!
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Post by Shamrock on Mon 15 Jul 2013, 10:32

No, my friend had a Mac... But maybe he only did it with a usb key...

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