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Macs to HDTV via HDMI?

Saturday, November 01, 2008 by Dave Winer.

Getting ready for election night when I'm going to have a few friends over to watch the returns, and either celebrate or... Permalink to this paragraph

I have two Macs hooked up to HDTVs, one a Samsung the other a Sony Bravia, and until recently they had been connected via VGA. I was barely aware you could do it any other way. I thought the picture was great until I hooked up a Toshiba HDTV to the second video display on my G5 tower and the picture so much better! Much more color. The Toshiba is a smaller, cheaper and older TV than the Sony that's connected into the other video output, but it looks much better. So, of course, I wanted to do the same with the Sony. Permalink to this paragraph

I tried connecting the HDMI output to the Sony, but the picture looked terrible. I don't know how to describe it, but the colors were all washed out, text was blurry. I might try to take a picture so y'all can see what the deal is. Permalink to this paragraph

I tried hooking up a Mac Mini in the living room to the Samsung TV via HDMI, and got the same lousy picture.  Permalink to this paragraph

I unhooked the Mac Mini and connected my MacBook Pro to the Samsung, and got the same lousy picture.  Permalink to this paragraph

I've fiddled with the Displays section of the Preferences in every way I could and it makes no difference. I've turned everything off and on, still no difference.  Permalink to this paragraph

I can get more data. I might try to take a picture of the crummy image to post.  Permalink to this paragraph

Any advice would be much appreciated. Permalink to this paragraph

PS: I'm using Belkin DVI to HDMI adapters. Permalink to this paragraph


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