Connecting a PB to a TV

Discussion in 'Macintosh Computers' started by thomasp, Aug 2, 2005.

  1. thomasp macrumors 6502a

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    Hi,

    I'm about to be getting a 15" combo Powerbook and I have a question about the visual output.

    Is it possible to connect the PowerBook into a TV and see what's on the PB's screen on the TV screen? (like some digital cameras have, like the Canon Ixus)

    If so, do I need any cables for this that don't come with the standard Powerbook package?


    Thanks for the help :)



    Edit:

    My telly has standard coax inputs for video (yellow socket), left-stereo sound and right-stereo sound (white and yellow), as well as an S-video input.
     
  2. atszyman macrumors 68020

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    There is an S-video output on the 15" powerbook and it comes with an S-video to RCA adaptor so you should have no problem hooking it up to a TV. I've done it multiple times to watch DVDs and other movies on our TV rather than be stuck with the 15" screen.
     
  3. Eevee macrumors 6502a

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    The resolution on your TV will not be as good as on your PB screen.
     
  4. thomasp thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Great :)

    Thanks for the speedy reply

    Is an RCA adaptor a circular adaptor (kind of like the old mac mouse/keyboard plugs, but bigger) with a few pins in it? Or am I getting it confused with something else?
     
  5. beige matchbox macrumors 6502a

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    The one with all the pins is S-VIDEO, the RCA only has 1 pin, the cable that is supplied is purely to convert from the powerbooks onboard s-video to rca, and is only a few inches long :)

    I will admit though, i'm yet to make it do anything useful with the rca adapter, haven't got a s-video to s-video cable to try that :rolleyes:
     
  6. atszyman macrumors 68020

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    True, about all that it is good for is watching DVDs and other movies, and possibly gaming. TV's do not function well as primary monitors.
     
  7. thomasp thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Ah, ok.

    Does the RCA end of the cable have a pin coming out of it or a socket for the pin from another RCA to go into? I think I've got an RCA extension cable kicking around, but it has pins on both ends...


    That's all I intend to do, and possibly show people slideshows of photographs (my digital camera has this facility, but I have to erase the pictures from the CF card sometimes...)
     
  8. grapes911 Moderator emeritus

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    That's the cable you need.
     

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