apple tv black and white

Discussion in 'Apple TV and Home Theater' started by jmir, Jun 4, 2008.

  1. macrumors newbie

    Jun 3, 2008
    Hi there,
    I originally set up my Apple TV with RCA cables and it was fine and dandy and then I had to rearrange my room and used same set of cables apple tv turns out black and white.

    I have tried over 4 different pairs, same result

    Any thoughts?

  2. macrumors 6502

    Dec 6, 2007
    My first thought is "HDMI."

    But, I'm assuming that you don't have a TV with HDMI.

    Get one. Problem solved.
  3. thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jun 3, 2008
    i do have a tv with hdmi but what doesn't make sense is that i never had it set up with hdmi and it worked fine without it
  4. macrumors 6502a

    May 15, 2007

    But you must have changed SOMETHING....
  5. macrumors 68040


    Nov 26, 2003
    No idea about any of this stuff, but this is my first two thoughts. I appreciate you may have tried both already.

    [1] Reset all the software on the TV. There is normally an option burried deep in the confusing menu hierarchies of these things.
    [2] Make sure the plugs are actually properly connected and pushed in fully.
  6. macrumors 6502

    Jun 11, 2007
    New Orleans, LA, USA
    the answer...

    The Apple TV has component video out. If you use component video cable and plug this into the older style RCA inputs (has a red/white for stereo audio and yellow for video), you will get a black and white picture. Plug the cable into the component video port (has red, green, blue terminals) and this should solve it. I made this mistake.
  7. macrumors member

    Jun 27, 2007
    buy an hdmi cable...
  8. macrumors newbie

    Jun 6, 2008
    You may have some how did the RCA/HDMI work around the first time set up.... Other than that & hacking the aTV I'm not aware of any other way to get color out of RCA.
  9. thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jun 3, 2008
    thx for everyone's input

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