Hello Sufferlandrians! The minions at Sufferlandrian Services get quite a few request about hooking up their MAC to a TV Display or larger computer monitor. Yes, you can hook up your Mac to display the Sufferfest video on a larger TV or monitor following these steps. We will cover the following options for connecting your Mac to a larger display:
- HDMI to HDMI Connection
- Thunderbolt/Mini-Display Port to HDMI Connection
- Apple TV
- Troubleshooting Your Display
- Troubleshooting Your Sound
Okay, let's get started!
HDMI to HDMI Connection
If your Mac has an HDMI port on the side, it is rather simple to connect. You would need a cable, like the one pictured below. These are standard cables that you may even be able to swap with your current DVD player or other home entertainment systems.
The following is a list of Macs that will have an HDMI port.
- Mac mini (Mid 2010) and later models
- MacBook Pro with Retina display (Mid 2012) and later models
- Mac Pro (Late 2013)
Thunderbolt/Mini-Display Port to HDMI Connection
You can also purchase a Thunderbolt to HDMI Cable. The Thunderbolt port is also called the Mini-Display Port. You can purchase the Mini-Display Port to HDMI Connector at the Apple Store. Image below.
It is important to note that you may need to take extra steps to get the Mini-Display port to work correctly with your HD TV. If your picture is too small, or your sound is not coming through, then you need to follow the extra steps in the troubleshooting section listed below.
Connecting your Mac to an Apple TV is very seamless. You only need to ensure that your Apple TV is "On" and connected to your HD TV. You will use the menu at the top of your screen to activate Airplay.
Select your Apple TV and then decide if you want to Mirror your Laptop Screen onto your TV or not. Simple as that.
Troubleshooting Your Display
Sometimes your display may not automatically work with your HDTV or external monitor. The first thing we must check is the settings menu. We click on the "Apple" icon on the top right of our screen. Then we pull up "System Preferences", from there we can investigate where we might be having problems. The image below is were we first begin to troubleshoot our problem. Normally, you will have selected default for display. This will work for 95 percent of Sufferlandrians. The Mac and TV will know how big your screen should be. If the "Default for display" is not working, then we need to manually go in and select "Scaled" and pick 1080p.
Now, if your screen is still not filling up the TV, or fills up too much of the TV, then we can use the "Underscan" option. By adjusting Underscan, we can adjust the size of our display on our TV. Examples below:
Overscan, display is too large for the TV.
Underscan, display is too small for the TV.
Troubleshooting Your Sound
There is nothing more frustrating than seeing the magnificence of a Sufferfest video before you, yet you hear no sound. Here are some troubleshooting tips to help crank up the volume of your suffering.
The first thing we do is go up to the Apple icon at the top left of our display. We click the Apple and select "System Preferences". From there, we find the Audio icon and click on the speaker. The sound menu will now be displayed. We verify in the output Tab that our TV is selected as the device we will be outputting our sound. This is also the opportunity to select any other speakers you may have connected to your home entertainment system.
Are you still having difficulties? Please email firstname.lastname@example.org.