Question Connecting an old MacBook to an LCD TV

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  1. js58

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    My parents have a 2008 MacBook (aluminium unibody) and a 26" Panasonic Vierra LCD that's almost as old as the laptop. They want to be able to watch videos (live football streams, Netflix, etc.) on the TV. A quick search on Amazon turned up this Mini Display Port to HDMI adapter.

    Has anyone tried connecting an older MacBook to a TV for the purpose of watching live streamed sports and Netflix? Did you have any problems?
     
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    The product review you linked to implies that audio will not be supported, so I'm guess video is fine but no audio....:(
     
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    Yep the older MacBooks don't support audio over DisplayPort. So you'd need a separate audio cable if the tv supports that.
     
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    The product description says that audio is supported once you make some alterations in system preferences. But audio might not work on pre-2010 Macs. I'm getting the impression it's a bit hit and miss.
     
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    Does anyone know of any all-in-one (i.e. video and audio) Mini Display Port to HDMI (or even SCART or component) adapters for older MacBooks?
     
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    It's a definite no on a 2008 MacBook. I know, my sister has the same model. 2010 it became supported.

    Could look into getting an Apple TV 3 or 4 and doing AirPlay mirroring instead.
     
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    My parents also have an iPad so an Apple Lightning adapter might be a bit more straightforward than going down the Apple TV route.
     
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    My past experience with older Macbook (and Pro's) is that they get too hot and the noise from the fan can be distracting.
     

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