4 Replies Latest reply: Mar 5, 2007 9:26 PM by Network 23
Alec Quig Level 1 Level 1 (125 points)
Hi guys!

What will I need and how much will it cost to hook my Powerbook up to my television?

Thank you!


powerbook g4, Mac OS X (10.4.6), 1.67ghz, 1GB RAM, superdrive
  • Calum Level 2 Level 2 (255 points)
    Assuming you have a 15" Aluminium PB, it should have an S-VHS Out socket on the right-hand side. If your TV also has an S-VHS In socket, you're in luck... you just need a cheap S-VHS cable to connect the two, and an audio cable to run from your headphone socket to your TV's Audio In if you want sound too.

    Otherwise you might also need an S-VHS->SCART adapter or something at the TV end (depending on what type of video input socket your TV has), which will likely degrade the picture quality a little. Either way, if you don't already have any of the cables/adapters you need, you probably shouldn't need to spend much more than $10 to be up and running.
  • Network 23 Level 6 Level 6 (11,880 points)
    It depends on what kind of TV you have and what kind of ports are on the TV.

    If you have a new digital or HDTV, it could have a DVI port on the back. That directly works with the DVI port on your PowerBook 15-inch. If it has an HDMI port, you get a DVI-HDMI adapter. Either way gets you a full quality digital signal.

    If your TV is not quite so new, it might have a VGA port. You can connect to that using the DVI-VGA adapter that came with your PowerBook, assuming you didn't lose it. That is a high-quality analog signal.

    Scraping the bottom of the barrel: S-Video, already covered above, a direct link to your PowerBook's S-Video port. If you have a somewhat old TV, that only has one composite video port, you must use the S-Video to Composite adapter that also came with your PowerBook.

    So, you have four choices depending on how new your TV is. DVI and HDMI are the highest quality.
  • Alec Quig Level 1 Level 1 (125 points)
    Sadly, my TV just has the standard Red/White/Yellow ports on the front and back - does that mean I can only do S-Video?

    Thank you!

  • Network 23 Level 6 Level 6 (11,880 points)
    Yes, it sounds like your TV is like mine, I don't have a fancy new one yet. You can buy one combination cable to plug into the composite video (yellow) and stereo audio (red/white) ports on your TV. Then on the PowerBook side you use your PowerBook's S-Video adapter to connect the yellow cable to the S-Video port on the PowerBook, and you buy an RCA-to-1/8" stereo adapter to connect the red and white cables to the headphone jack on your PowerBook.

    There are also some cables that go straight from the red/white RCA audio plugs to the 1/8" stereo headphone plugs without an adapter, but they can be harder to find and can be more expensive.