How to Connect a Macbook Pro to a Panasonic Viera HDTV
It is amazing to me how difficult it can be to do something that should be simple. Even hooking a computer up to a television can cause frustration. One would think that the necessary information would be in the owner's manual. But even if it is, it is written in such a way that only an engineer would understand it.
When I bought my Panasonic Viera HDTV I wanted to hook it up to my wife's Macbook Pro so we could stream movies from Netflix. The manual did nothing for me, but searching the internet I found some good general information. I wanted to be more specific and let people know how to specifically connect a Macbook Pro to a Panasonic Viera HDTV.
So, I'll start with the items required.
1. Panasonic Viera HDTV
2. Macbook Pro
3. DVI to HDMI cable
4. Audio Y Cable, 3.5mm to RCA
The DVI to HDMI cable will connect the video. The 3.5mm to RCA connects the audio.
You can purchase the cables at most stores that have an electronic department. I bought mine from Best Buy. Their cheapest DVI to HDMI cable was around $50, but they have a price matching policy, so when I showed them a similar cable on the K-Mart website they knocked the price down to $20. The 3.5mm to RCA can be purchased for under $10. Pictures of the cables are shown below.
Step 1: Making the connection
DVI to HDMI (Video)
When you have the two cables, simply connect your TV and Computer to each other. The DVI end of the cable is the bigger end and connects to your computer. The smaller, HDMI end will connect to your television. You can connect it to any one of the HDMI jacks, but just remember which one it was. They are all labeled: HDMI 1, HDMI 2 etc.
3.5mm to RCA (Audio)
The 3.5mm to RCA cable has one end that fits into the headphone jack of your computer. The other end is a "Y" with a red and white end. On the back of your television there are three jacks (Yellow, white, and red) that will receive the two ends of your audio cable. It's simple, connect the red to the red and the white to the white; the yellow is only for video and is used when connecting a device such as a DVD player. Just pay attention to the label on the jack that you choose. You will need to know which one it is when you are trying to get the audio to come through your television. The options are: component 1, component 2, video 1 and video 2.
Step 2: Bringing up the video
Now that you have everything connected, turn on your television and computer. Push the input button on the TV's remote and choose the HDMI number that coincides with the jack you chose when connecting the cable.
Step 3: Audio
At this point the TV should display what is on your computer. To get the audio, you will have to assign the audio jack that you chose to the HDMI jack that you chose. You do this by pushing the menu button on the remote and selecting "Audio". Next, select "Advanced Audio." In this menu, go to the HDMI option that you plugged the HDMI cable into. You will then be able to select the audio option that you chose for the 3.5mm to RCA cable. Once the correct options are correlated, all sound from your computer will be pushed through your TV.
If you have any questions let me know.