How to Connect your Vizio XVT472SV TV to your MacBook (using a VGA cable)

Most flatscreen televisions in the market today, whether Plasma, LCD, or LED, share one common trait that is fast becoming a standard feature—and that is the ease and simplicity of connecting them to other devices such as DVD and/or Blu-Ray players, video gaming consoles, cameras and video recorders, and personal computers.

This is true for the Vizio XVT472SV, one of the latest, mid-range HDTV models from Vizio that has excellent features (1080p, 240Hz LCD panel with local dimming LED backlighting) while still being affordable. Of course, with 4 HDMI inputs, a VGA input, USB and multiple analog inputs, both component and composite, connectivity is no problem.

So let’s say you want to connect your Macbook to your TV. How do you go about it? The steps are fairly simple:

1. Before you start fiddling with cables and ports, you should turn on your Macbook to adjust the resolution. Vizio recommends setting the HDTV timing mode to VESA 1920 x 1080 at 60 Hz for better picture quality. But this depends on what your Mac is capable of, so it is best to refer to what your Mac’s specifications are. The Vizio’s User’s Manual has a helpful table of Preset Resolutions, as well as a chart for Resolutions through RGB Input that you can consult.  Once you’ve made your adjustments, power off both your Vizio HDTV and your Macbook.

2. Locate the corresponding ports on your Vizio HDTV and your Macbook.  For the Vizio XVT472SV, the output/input ports are found on the rear panel at the back of the monitor. Look for the blue port, as this is the VGA port (D-sub 15-pin port) that is usually used to connect computers to TV monitors.

For the Macbook, you will need to locate the Mini Display Port used to connect to a TV or a secondary monitor. This is often located on the left-hand side of the Macbook, between the ethernet port and the USB ports if you have Macbook Basic, or between the firewire port and USB ports if you have a Macbook Pro.

3. Connect your Vizio HDTV to your Macbook using a VGA cable. You can find a VGA cable made specifically for Macbooks on a lot of different websites nowadays.  Plug in one end of the cable into the HDTV’s port, and make sure to tighten the screws so that it is secured properly. Plug the other end into your Macbook’s Mini Display Port. Also, you can connect one end of the audio cable to the audio output of your MacBook, and the other end to your HDTV’s audio input, located just beside the VGA port. Though this is optional, it will ensure that you can take advantage of the audio capabilities of your Vizio HDTV.

4. Now you can turn on your Vizio HDTV, then your Macbook. On your Vizio HDTV, select RGB using the INPUT button on the remote control. That’s all it takes and you should be able to see your Macbook desktop displayed on your Vizio HDTV.

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