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Currently Being ModeratedMay 28, 2012 9:14 PM (in response to aipod)
Have you checked the compatibility charts?
Have a look here, particulary no.5:
Currently Being ModeratedMay 28, 2012 9:43 PM (in response to aipod)
I have a rocketfish Mini DisplayPort to DVI adapter hooked up to an Apple DVI to video adapter, hooked up to an S-cable & Video Cable to the TV.
Can you explain that a bit more?
What model MBP do you have? Or more to the point, what kind of video out does it have? Mini-displayport? DVI? And what do you mean "hooked up to an S-cable & Video Cable"? What's an S-cable (surely not a s-video cable)?
Assuming your TV supports HDMI and your MBP has a mini-displayport then you need a mini-displayport to HDMI adapter (or cable). If DVI then a DVI to HDMI adapter. If your MBP is "old enough" you need to pass audio separately via the stereo headphone jack to the TV.
Note that audo is not passed through a DVI connection.
There are USB to HDMI adpaters to pass audio and video.
Currently Being ModeratedMay 29, 2012 7:52 PM (in response to X423424X)
Thanks for your reply!!
I have a MBP 13" early 2011: this is what my manual says:
- DVI output using Mini DisplayPort to DVI Adapter (optional)
- VGA output using Mini DisplayPort to VGA Adapter (optional)
- Dual-link DVI output using Mini DisplayPort to Dual-Link DVI Adapter supports 30-inch Apple Cinema HD Display (optional)
- HDMI audio and video output using a third-party Mini DisplayPort to HDMI Adapter
And yes, an s-video cable. (Is that bad?) I managed to hook up my dad's laptop with the S-video cable and it worked fine. (His laptop has an s-video output port). But with these cords something doesn't want to work. The person at Future Shop told me it should work.. :/
My TV has no HDMI port. This is similar to what my TV looks like in the back:
The following two images are basically what I'm using to connect to the macbook.
Currently Being ModeratedMay 29, 2012 8:13 PM (in response to aipod)
> I have a rocketfish Mini DisplayPort to DVI adapter hooked up to an Apple DVI to video adapter,
> hooked up to an S-cable & Video Cable to the TV.
I don't this this is causing your complete lack of picture, but do not connect both the S-video jack and the composite video jack. They both transmit video signals. Pick one or the other. S-video is a far cry from HDMI, VGA, or component video but is better than composite video. It is worth trying in case connecting both is zapping the signal strength.
Currently Being ModeratedMay 29, 2012 9:37 PM (in response to Llessur999)
Ok, I think I understand now.
Your early 2011 13" MBP8,1 has a thundebolt port (according to MacTracker) which for this application is interchangeable with a mini-displayport.
So you are chaining adapters; mDP --> DVI --> S-video. Chaining is always problematic. I look at it is there may be "something lost in the translation".
You might be better off with the following:
Currently Being ModeratedJun 1, 2012 10:37 AM (in response to X423424X)
Oh, awesome! Thanks so much for your help! I'll give this a try and let you know how it goes!