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bagelche
Jan 2, 2008, 11:40 AM
I work at a small public access TV station. We have a G4 iMac which I would like to connect the video output of into our switcher. It has a mini-vga port on the back. Would Apple's mini-vga to s-video/composite adapter (http://store.apple.com/1-800-MY-APPLE/WebObjects/AppleStore?productLearnMore=M9109G/A) work on this computer? Their item specs only list the G5 imac. Did the G4 iMac not support this output? I'd like to know that this will work before I plunk down for the adapter.

thanks much.



djc6
Jan 2, 2008, 11:45 AM
Later on in the page it says...

Compatible with:
iBook without an external reset button, eMac, iMac G5, or 17-inch iMac (1GHz) with mini-VGA port.

Is this the model iMac you have?

bagelche
Jan 2, 2008, 12:05 PM
Later on in the page it says...

Compatible with:
iBook without an external reset button, eMac, iMac G5, or 17-inch iMac (1GHz) with mini-VGA port.

Is this the model iMac you have?

I saw that and since it didn't mention a processor, I wasn't fully clear. According to the wikipedia page (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/IMac_G4) on the G4 imac there was a 17"/1GHz machine as well as a 17"/1.25GHz model that was introduced later, but the Apple description you quote seems to suggests the newer model wouldn't qualify.

I just powered up the iMac here and it is indeed a 1GHz processor; the screen is 17". I am assuming it will work.

djc6
Jan 2, 2008, 01:36 PM
That compatibility list is horrendous. For instance, 12" Powerbook G4's with 867Mhz processors (Pre-Sept. 2003) have a mini-vga port. I've used this cable on one without any problems, but its not on the list :) I suspect anything with a mini-vga port can make use of this cable.

bagelche
Jan 2, 2008, 02:47 PM
Terrific! Thanks for your (speedy and helpful) input.

Now, if I only had a spare Time Based Corrector laying around....

Merry New Year!