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7836 Views 10 Replies Latest reply: Jul 24, 2010 9:51 PM by babowa
Currently Being ModeratedJul 20, 2010 11:34 PM (in response to supermanwestsider)Can you post the exact model MBP you have (since different models have different ports/cables) - it will make it much easier to try to help. Also, the TV model including the ports it has (Component, HDMI, PC input?).
I'm certainly not an expert in this, but I do know that using S-Video will not result in a reasonable quality picture.24" white 2.16GHz iMac 3 GB RAM (10.6.4), 13" white early '09 MB (10.6.4),, LaCie d2 DVDRW, 2 LaCie ext HD (1 Quadra), Wacom tablet, Epson Artisan 810
Currently Being ModeratedJul 21, 2010 12:24 AM (in response to supermanwestsider)About S-Video, there are 2 pairs of pins in the connector. One is the B/W intensity and sync signals sans color, often called Y, like on the yellow cable (which adds color at an offset frequency) and the other has 2 color difference signal in quadrature, I think R-Y and B-Y. It would seem you are missing the color pair. (Because the B/W signal is not frequency limited to allow the offset color signals, it has slightly better resolution than the usual composite.)
I would look for a bent pin on the cable ends or a pushed-back socket on the chassis sides. I know I had a cable that had been forced/twisted in and the pin just folded and had no contact.
With a DVI connector as on the earlier MB Pros, I would use a DVI-to-HDMI cable if you have an modern HDTV or just a DVI-to-DVI cable with a TV that expects that. S-Video is miles from the resolution of an HDTV. Sound is best with a TosLink fiber optic.
-KenMacBook white early 2009, MacBook Pro 1,1 10.6.4, Pismo G3 10.4.11, Mac OS X (10.6.4), son's iMacIntel24, iMac G5 dead main board
it is a macbook pro 3,1. i purchased it in 2005.
the tv is a very old mitubishi. it doesnt have HDMI or PC imput only component.
since s-video doesnt have a reasonable quality picture should I go with a component?MacBook Pro, Mac OS X (10.5.7)
Currently Being ModeratedJul 21, 2010 5:19 PM (in response to supermanwestsider)I'm a bit confused - you say it's a 3.1 and you bought in 2005??? The 3.1 was introduced in mid 2007 and discontinued in early 2008. So, please double check on this. The 3.1 I found has a DVI port. If that is what you have, all you need is a DVI to Component adapter and a component cable - just do a google search, there are many being offered such as this example:
http://sewelldirect.com/dvivideoadapter.asp24" white 2.16GHz iMac 3 GB RAM (10.6.4), 13" white early '09 MB (10.6.4),, LaCie d2 DVDRW, 2 LaCie ext HD (1 Quadra), Wacom tablet, Epson Artisan 810
Currently Being ModeratedJul 21, 2010 5:56 PM (in response to supermanwestsider)oops - I forgot to mention that you'd also need audio cables because DVI does not carry the audio; but all you need are inexpensive red/white audio cables along with a small adapter to go in your Mac port.24" white 2.16GHz iMac 3 GB RAM (10.6.4), 13" white early '09 MB (10.6.4),, LaCie d2 DVDRW, 2 LaCie ext HD (1 Quadra), Wacom tablet, Epson Artisan 810
thanks for your help.
it is a 3.1 maybe i am mistaken as to when i bought it. so the DIV to component/s-video that the computer came with is a no go?
this one specifically: http://store.apple.com/us/product/M9267G/AMacBook Pro, Mac OS X (10.5.7)
Currently Being ModeratedJul 22, 2010 8:19 AM (in response to supermanwestsider)because i have that DVI to component/s-video. I am using a cable from Radioshack that has s-video on one side and component on the other. I have tried both directions and they are both black and white.
Should i buy just a component cable?MacBook Pro, Mac OS X (10.5.7)
Currently Being ModeratedJul 22, 2010 8:25 AM (in response to supermanwestsider)The decision is yours to make, but both the other poster and I have said that s-video will not produce a decent quality (more like a very low quality - think "snowy" pictures). Unlike s-video, component produces a reasonable quality picture; and it has three cables (red/blue/green) making connections easy.
Good luck using a component connection and thanks for the star!