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Mala
Aug 25, 2004, 12:15 PM
Someone told me that if I link my PowerBook to an ordinary DVD player using an S-Video cable, and link the DVD player to the TV with a SCART cable, I can watch on the TV that films that are stored on the PowerBook.

So I bought a DVD player and checked that it was working by placing a DVD in it and watching that film on the TV - the DVD player and TV are linked by a SCART cable.

Then I linked up the PowerBook to the DVD player with an S-Video cable, ejected the DVD that was in the DVD player, started up VLC on the PowerBook and started a film. It showed on the PowerBook, but not on the TV.

What am I not doing? (Oh, I tried going to System Prefs and Displays and clicking Detect Displays, and nothing happened.)

vraxtus
Aug 25, 2004, 12:19 PM
Someone told me that if I link my PowerBook to an ordinary DVD player using an S-Video cable, and link the DVD player to the TV with a SCART cable, I can watch on the TV that films that are stored on the PowerBook.

So I bought a DVD player and checked that it was working by placing a DVD in it and watching that film on the TV - the DVD player and TV are linked by a SCART cable.

Then I linked up the PowerBook to the DVD player with an S-Video cable, ejected the DVD that was in the DVD player, started up VLC on the PowerBook and started a film. It showed on the PowerBook, but not on the TV.

What am I not doing? (Oh, I tried going to System Prefs and Displays and clicking Detect Displays, and nothing happened.)


Why don't you just buy this (for 12" PBs) (http://store.apple.com/1-800-MY-APPLE/WebObjects/AppleStore.woa/71406/wo/Z82584XaPcWM2IcRATL9lYUjQCc/2.3.0.6.10.3.26.1.15.0) or this (for other PBs) (http://store.apple.com/1-800-MY-APPLE/WebObjects/AppleStore.woa/71406/wo/Z82584XaPcWM2IcRATL9lYUjQCc/2.3.0.6.10.3.28.1.15.0) and hook it up to your TV's video input, and then switch to VIDEO mode?

LeeTom
Aug 25, 2004, 12:25 PM
Mala,
the person that explained how to hook up your Powerbook to your TV was a little misinformed.
The S-Video jack on your DVD player is an OUT only, not an in, so this won't work.

How I do it, is I plug an s-video cable into my powerbook, and the other end into the s-video IN on my TV.
If your TV doesn't have S-Video, then you can get an s-video to composite adapter, but you should be going straight into the TV.

Lee Tom

Mala
Aug 25, 2004, 12:28 PM
That's strange, Lee-Tom, he says he does this himself. I'll try connecting the S-Video into a SCART with S-Video socket on the TV.

noel4r
Aug 25, 2004, 12:36 PM
now, how would I do this w/ an iBook?

Mala
Aug 25, 2004, 12:38 PM
Oh, by the way, I'm in Ireland; we use the same TV system as the British do, not the same as the Americans - I don't know if this makes a difference to this process.

abhishekit
Aug 25, 2004, 12:50 PM
Oh, by the way, I'm in Ireland; we use the same TV system as the British do, not the same as the Americans - I don't know if this makes a difference to this process.
It wont make much difference. All dvd players have a s-video out and not in.
As others have pointed out, easiest way is to get the video adaptor and the audio cable, and connect to TV directly.

now, how would I do this w/ an iBook?
There is a video adaptor for iBooks too, mini-vga to video adaptor.

Mala
Aug 25, 2004, 12:53 PM
As others have pointed out, easiest way is to get the video adaptor and the audio cable, and connect to TV directly.

Tried that. Didn't work. My PowerBook doesn't have those video in sockets. So I could possibly listen to a film, but I couldn't watch it.

vraxtus
Aug 25, 2004, 12:54 PM
now, how would I do this w/ an iBook?


Buy the video composite out adapter from the Apple Store, plug it into your video-out slot on the left side of your iBook, and plug the composite video cords into your TV.

EDIT: whoops didn't see the above post.

abhishekit
Aug 25, 2004, 12:55 PM
Tried that. Didn't work. My PowerBook doesn't have those video in sockets. So I could possibly listen to a film, but I couldn't watch it.
Yah, but the pb will definitely atleast have a mini-vga or if its the newer one, a mini-dvi port. And both adaptors are sold in apple store.

Vector
Aug 25, 2004, 01:15 PM
All you have to do is take the s-video to composite video adapter that comes with the PB (it came with mine, i assume it comes with other models) and plug it into your s-video on your PB. Plug a standard composite video cable into the adapter and the other end into the tv input on the front or back. Now you have picture. To get sound take a ministereo to composite stereo audio cord and plug it into you speaker port and the tv.

LeeTom
Aug 25, 2004, 01:31 PM
Tried that. Didn't work. My PowerBook doesn't have those video in sockets. So I could possibly listen to a film, but I couldn't watch it.

What powerbook do you have?

Mala
Aug 25, 2004, 03:17 PM
15" G4 with Panther, LeeTom.

Vector, I didn't get that S-Video to composite video adapter with my PowerBook.

Vraxtus, I went to an Apple store and they offered me some kind of adapter, for around 35 euro, but said they couldn't guarantee that it would work, and wouldn't take it back if it didn't.

vraxtus
Aug 25, 2004, 03:19 PM
15" G4 with Panther, LeeTom.

Vector, I didn't get that S-Video to composite video adapter with my PowerBook.

Vraxtus, I went to an Apple store and they offered me some kind of adapter, for around 35 euro, but said they couldn't guarantee that it would work, and wouldn't take it back if it didn't.

Those bastards!

LeeTom
Aug 25, 2004, 03:22 PM
What speed? is it Aluminum or Titanium?

Vector
Aug 25, 2004, 05:53 PM
I bought a 1.5 ghz G4 AlPB a few weeks ago and got the connector. I hooked it up with a composite video wire and the audio cable i mentioned earlier and watched some family guy episodes on my tv.

LeeTom
Aug 25, 2004, 06:12 PM
I do it all the time with my AlBook 1.25. My TV has S-Video in, but i basically plug it in, turn on the TV and click Detect Displays, and I'm off.
I watched every episode of Curb Your Enthusiasm that way!

Lee Tom

Mala
Aug 26, 2004, 02:42 AM
I think the problem may be that my TV is too old. My original informant just emailed me to say: "I have the TV set to Auxillary device, and a scart switch set to hunting."

My TV doesn't have the ability for these settings, I don't think.

garybUK
Aug 26, 2004, 05:14 AM
Mala, all you need is a Scart Adaptor, like those that come with a Xbox or Playstation, as long as it has the three Audio L/R + Compisite video and Svideo input then you should be fine.

Its one of these: http://www.maplin.co.uk/products/module.asp?CartID=040826111028893&moduleno=13372&Products=1

If the picure comes up Black and White on your screen then in the TV's menu there should be a option to change the Scart format from EuroAV to S-VHS

Vector
Aug 26, 2004, 10:32 AM
All you need is the s-video adapter and a composite video cable. As long as your tv has inputs for RCA style connector on the front or back you dont need to go out and buy that other stuff.

Linksgolfer84
Aug 26, 2004, 11:26 AM
Hey All,

Does anyone know of a way to play a DVD on a powerbook that is connected to a television while the powerbook screen is closed? Is there some sort of hack that keeps the computer from going to sleep? This would be the coolest thing in the world.

Mark

abhishekit
Aug 26, 2004, 11:33 AM
Hey All,

Does anyone know of a way to play a DVD on a powerbook that is connected to a television while the powerbook screen is closed? Is there some sort of hack that keeps the computer from going to sleep? This would be the coolest thing in the world.

Mark
If you have an external USB mouse, then close your pb, connnect to the tv, and plug in the mouse. It would wake up. Then play the movie. :)

cheers

Linksgolfer84
Aug 26, 2004, 08:38 PM
If you have an external USB mouse, then close your pb, connnect to the tv, and plug in the mouse. It would wake up. Then play the movie. :)

cheers

Have you done this before, or is it a random suggestion? How could you start the movie with the laptop shut?

Vector
Aug 26, 2004, 08:45 PM
Many people run external monitors and keep their PB shut when they are at their desks. It is ok to run it while shut, but i don't because i use an extended desktop so i can have more space. Its fine to use it closed.

Danrose1977
Aug 27, 2004, 04:56 AM
Hey All,

Does anyone know of a way to play a DVD on a powerbook that is connected to a television while the powerbook screen is closed? Is there some sort of hack that keeps the computer from going to sleep? This would be the coolest thing in the world.

Mark

Not sure about PB's but I have a little app on my iBook (downloaded from versiontracker) that forces it to stay awake with the lid closed. Some people freak out about their books getting too warm.... but its freezing in my room anyway (bloody student digs, no cash for heating, wearing three jumpers in the middle of august.....)!

webmatthijs
Aug 27, 2004, 05:29 AM
i live in england and use this:

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usefull and pretty cheap. you can get it in almost every store.

suggestion...

garybUK
Aug 27, 2004, 05:54 AM
All you need is the s-video adapter and a composite video cable. As long as your tv has inputs for RCA style connector on the front or back you dont need to go out and buy that other stuff.

Not all tv's over here have S-Video or RCA inputs because Scart does it all :)

would be useful to know what model television mala is using :)

Mala
Aug 28, 2004, 01:05 PM
Webmat, yeah, I have one of those, but my PowerBook doesn't have the right holes for the colouredy thingies.

Gary, my TV is a state-of-the-art Panasonic; unfortunately that state dates back to 1989, when I moved into this house and bought a dear television because the price of the mortgage was going to preclude any wild living for a while.

Mala
Aug 31, 2004, 05:14 AM
OK, I now have the TV showing the *desktop*. This is using the S-Video to the S-Video-to-SCART adapter (the thing Webmattijs pictures). But it's not showing the film on the TV screen.

Another source tells me that his iBook sets the screen resolution automatically to "TV" when he plugs it into a TV. My System Prefs don't offer "TV". He also said to look for Dual Monitors in the System Prefs; I can't find any such preference. (He said that when he does this, if he opens DVD Player, its screen on the computer screen is blank, but the film plays on fullscreen on the TV.)

While the TV shows my desktop, it doesn't show what's *on* the desktop; that is to say, sometimes it does and sometimes it doesn't - usually it shows just the desktop, with the apple menu at top, but it doesn't show the Macintosh HD icon, or any windows I have open, including those of programs I might be running (such as DVD Player).

garybUK
Aug 31, 2004, 05:30 AM
While connected to the TV restart the mac or put it to sleep and wake it back up.

Goto system prefs --> displays and put them to mirror mode, the display on the powerbook will be reduced to that of the tv. Make sure the res on the tv is set to PAL and about 640x480 @ 50hz then play the dvd.

I have mine plugged into my projector via S-Video because Im too lazy to run VGA cables in the walls.

Mala
Aug 31, 2004, 10:33 AM
Gary, where do I find mirror mode in the display preferences? The only things it shows are screen resolutions, colours and Detect Display, oh, and Brightness. And how do I know if the TV is set to PAL mode, please?