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  • Bjoern Ognibeni Level 1 Level 1
    I had a similar problem with my new (sic!) G4 Powerbook: it couldn't detect my tv using s-vhs. I think it is because the thing is too old. It worked using the VCR !?

    Is it possible that the Mac expects some kind of signal from the tv set which comes only from newer models?
  • Richard Roberts1 Level 1 Level 1
    I have the "Monster iTV link for PowerBook 12" (mini dvi version).

    I bought this a few days ago for my MacBook after scouring the discussion forums for info on which cable to buy. I found that someone with a 12" powerbook mini dvi version had used the apple mini dvi to dvi adapter for the powerbook on his new MacBook, and all worked as normal.

    With that info it confirmed that the mini dvi ports are the same.

    My monster cable is here and works like a dream on my MacBook.

    Hope this makes your decision easier that mine.
  • Rosja Mastop Level 1 Level 1
    I can confirm the problem. Neither the s-video, nor the alternative connection (whatever the name for it is) allow for the mirroring of the display of my macbook (black). Similarly, the resolution changes on the computer, but the tv remains black, "no signal".I haven't been back to the store yet. Does anybody know whether other connectors (such as the computer monitor cables) do better?
  • uberfarben Level 1 Level 1
    I'm using the Apple mini DVI to video adapter with a 2005 model Toshiba CRT television and it works fine using the s-video connection. No problem with mirroring.

    Maybe your tv is not compatible with the MacBook. Try a newer tv and see if it works.

    good luck
  • Rosja Mastop Level 1 Level 1
    Mine is a brand new Samsung LCD tv. So, it doesn't seem very likely that the tv has anything to do with it, I'm afraid.
  • Richard Roberts1 Level 1 Level 1
    I have cable TV and find that when the cable box is switched on it interferes with the picture from the Mac.
  • Tienes Level 1 Level 1
    maybe there is a problem with the dutch macbook version...
  • TotoTron Level 1 Level 1
    I'm able to use the mini DVI to video adapter on my macbook. Composite video (yellow port) works but s video does not. I tried it on a Toshiba TV and on a projector. Tried both mirrored and extended display modes with the same results.

    Are there any tricks to getting s video to work on the macbook?
  • Linux_inside V2 Level 1 Level 1
    I've got a mini-dvi to tv adapter working here, and i'm in australia so it's pal.

    The TV-Standard is independant of your computer, and is determined by your adapter.

    Perhaps there is a newer revision of the tv adapter? i've not had any problems with mine, and it only involved plugging the adapter in and hitting the AV button on the television.
  • yhnjgkfhkhk Level 1 Level 1
    Ive used the Apple mini-DVI to video adaptor, composite and S-video, and it seems to work fine. On some TVs (including mine) getting the S-video input to work is a bit of a pain, buried deep in the menu system. S-video cables can fail too, maybe try a different one.
  • Richard Roberts1 Level 1 Level 1
    I have found on all Macs connected to TVs that the TV often needs to have the right option chosen in it's setup menus.

    For instance, I have a Toshiba LCD TV it doesn't have svid, so I used a scart plug adapter with an svid port on. I then had to set the TV to use that input for svid (as opposed to Composite or RGB).

    BTW: I use the mini DVI to svid monster cable, quality is fantastic. But I am waiting on a dvi to hdmi cable to arrive.. for full digital!!!
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