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SibbiLar Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
I'm curious whether the
Apple Mini-DVI to Video Adapter works with the Mini-DVI port of the new Mac Mini or whether it will suffer the same fate as the Jan 2009 Macbook.

I want to hook the new mini to a SD TV and my options are either S-Video or Composite. Of course there is always the option of buying a VGA adapter, then a VGA->S-Video converter but that's a lot of cables (and cost) for a fairly simple task.

Would highly appreciate it if someone who has the new mini and the Mini-DVI to video adapter could verify whether it works or not.

Macbook Pro, Mac OS X (10.5.6), Macbook Pro 15.4" R3.1
  • 1. Re: S-Video/Composite
    pingtek Level 1 Level 1 (5 points)
    it seems like the answer to your question is "yes". i just got the mac mini & the mini-dvi to video cable does not work. I'm running software update & will remote into the box after to see if that works.
  • 2. Re: S-Video/Composite
    SibbiLar Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    Yeah I was afraid of that.

    According to the many discussions about the January 2009 white Macbook this seems to be a driver issue far more than it is a hardware issue. Kind of annoying that you can't get any sort of SD Video output from this machine with an adapter (you'll need a scan converter basically, which is more expensive, needs power, and is more likely to break).

    Thanks for checking this out for me, greatly appreciated.
  • 3. Re: S-Video/Composite
    Stu Crump Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    I can't believe this, after waiting over 12 months for the mini to be upgraded are we saying it wont work with an old tv using composite.

    Also does it work with the mini to dvi adapter.
  • 4. Re: S-Video/Composite
    SibbiLar Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    I'm fairly certain the supplied adapter has a DVI-D plug so no amount of prodding will ever make it output an analog signal which is needed for composite/s-video

    I would be happy to be proven wrong though
  • 5. Re: S-Video/Composite
    Stu Crump Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    I currently connect my intel macbook to a standard TV with the mini dvi to composite adapter and connect the same macbook to a HD TV with a mini dvi-dvi adapter dvi-HMDI adapter with a audio cable.

    Can anyone confirm if both these configurations will work with the new Mac Mini?

  • 6. Re: S-Video/Composite
    Stu Crump Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    DVI-D instead of DVI-I brilliant, do Apple really believe nobody still has a analoge TV.
  • 7. Re: S-Video/Composite
    AndyO Level 6 Level 6 (17,045 points)
    do Apple really believe nobody still has a analoge TV

    No, but I suspect they don't intend the new mini to be used for this purpose. This is perhaps one way in which they are trying to differentiate the mini and AppleTV device a little more.
  • 8. Re: S-Video/Composite
    Stu Crump Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    To my knowledge you cant use the appleTV with composite either. So no difference there.
  • 9. Re: S-Video/Composite
    AndyO Level 6 Level 6 (17,045 points)
    No, you can't, but there seems little doubt that the mini's use as a media device has impacted the sales of the AppleTV (understandably, since the mini seems much better suited in many respects) so it's no surprise that the ability of the mini to function in this role is perhaps being restricted a little.
  • 10. Re: S-Video/Composite
    snoppo Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    I just posted a similar problem. I can't get my analog sony flat panel TV to work with my new mini. I am also using the mini-DV to s-video/composite video adapter cable. I don't know why Apple would worry about the Mini competing with Apple TV. The Mini costs $500 more--they can't lose.

    Does anyone know for sure if the new Mini's will work with newer, digital TV's?
  • 11. Re: S-Video/Composite
    Bill Bard Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    How can a Mac-Mini with analog out really compete with the Apple TV? I can't really get the Apple TV because it only puts out HDMI and component video, not composite video or s-video. The new Mac-Mini with the digital only output is probably more competition with the Apple TV now. The problem is, there is probably a good majority of users out there that don't have digital TV's yet. So now, like with the Apple TV, Apple has significantly limited the market of the Mac-Mini.
  • 12. Re: S-Video/Composite
    vcolaci Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    I cannot believe this. I even asked the guy at the shop when I bought the additional connector. This was a primary and mandatory requirement for me. They don't even tell front line that it doesn't work anymore. I have been burnt Apple. FIX the analog video interface, not now but RIGHT NOW!

    Also the new Apple Mini DVI with female DVI, it does not connect to the Male DVI with svideo that I used with my last mac mini (now given to folks). The flat female DVI hole is too small for the male. Was this intentional?

    Apple Mini DVI to svideo / composite plug if it doesn't work???!!!

    I tried to boot just with the TV, a multi sync Grundig. I only got the apple logo image at boot but it was tripled. Then it disappeared...

    This is a nightmare and a disgrace!

    I am pleading now!!!!
  • 13. Re: S-Video/Composite
    Bill Bard Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    I tried a VGA to s-video converter but had problems with it. I had bought 2 new minis to replace the 2 I currently have as media centers. I'm keeping one to use as a server, but am returning the other. I bought 2 of the older minis that have been marked down. It looks like I won't be buy anything from Apple to use as a media center for several years until I get a digital TV. Or perhaps there's a USB to s-video output device?
  • 14. Re: S-Video/Composite
    smueboy Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    I bought a VGA to S-Video/RCA converter for $26 and it works well. A lot of extra cables, which is annoying, but at least it works until i get around to getting a new tv.
    But seriously, it is ridiculous that the mini-DVI to video cable no longer works with the mini, and even more annoying that all Apple store employees are still telling customers that it does work.
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