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    Default Connecting a new TB 21.5 iMac to a TV.

    Hey tonight a neighbor friend and I were going to put a college BB game on the TV. Then I thought my older mini adapter won't work on this Thunderbolt thingy bob. It's been a while since I've watched much on TV obviously. I got this in December.

    So did some looking and reading at Apple only. I think I see a TB to HDMI but then I'll need a 20' HDMI cable. I missed any TB to TV source if it's in the store.

    So wheres the adapter? There has to be one.

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    Cheap fix.

    Should carry audio too, depending on iMac model (and maybe OS?) but worst case, may need mini RCA to RCA audio on a separate cable.
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    Would this still be the best route? I have yet to reconnect my computer to TV with HDMI or RCA. So I just need the TB --> "to my need" adapter.

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    Yessir.
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    Default A 20' HDMI cable

    Damien pointed me to monoprice.com but they only show to a 15' then jump to 30' right here then I found this HDMI ethernet 20' from same place but any real use for the ethernet? It's here or maybe I just a 30'er from the other page then it can cover a TV moving for family get togethers.

    Looks as if many/most do. opps,

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    Looking for 20'? Even Wally World sells them. Hows about this?
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    A Mini Display Port connector will plug right into a Thunderbolt connector on your iMac.


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    Quote Originally Posted by ricks View Post
    A Mini Display Port connector will plug right into a Thunderbolt connector on your iMac.


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    True! And it works!

    I just connected a second 22" monitor (VGA) to my Mini with a MiniDisplay adapter in the T-Bolt port. I booted up and it "fired right up".

    It's great! I have 44 inches of wide screen now. Photoshop, Dreamweaver, Audition, Fireworks, all have ENORMOUS work spaces.

    The key (or so I was told) is that the T-Bolt has to go to an "active" output if you're using it as a second monitor. VGA and RCA are active outputs - HDMI and DVI are passive, according to the guys who showed me how to do it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rick
    A Mini Display Port connector will plug right into a Thunderbolt connector on your iMac.
    Well thank you... I assumed TB was TB. I've got said ..... Mini Display Port connector I'll test that out. easy fix.

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    Default TB and Mini Display

    The guys who helped me explained it this way:
    If you have a Blu-Ray player it'll play DVDs because DVD is a "step behind" Blu-Ray, but you can't play a Blu-Ray disc on a DVD player.

    A T-Bolt port will run a Mini Display adapter to VGA, RCA, DVI or HDMI monitor for the same reason. You CAN'T however, run a T-Bolt Display from a Mini Display port.

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