Connecting a PowerBook to a PAL TV?

Discussion in 'PowerPC Macs' started by J@ffa, Jan 29, 2006.

  1. J@ffa macrumors 6502a

    J@ffa

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    Ok, someone here might be able to help me with my woes… :p

    Basically, what I want to do is connect my PowerBook to a PAL television set. Being the DVI PowerBook, it has an S-Video out port, but I tried that by way of an S-Video --> SCART lead, which was useless; a grey, stretched image with no sound. Is there something I'm missing here? The TV also has a composite input (white/yellow/red)… would that work, and would the picture look good? Thanks :)
     
  2. DJY macrumors 6502a

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    I regularly plug my PB into my PAL TV and it looks great!
    I have taken the easy option - S video to RCA (the yellow)
    sound I use the same cable as I use to plug my iPod's into the lecture theatres I teach in - which 3.5 to RCA (red and white).

    Looks great, sounds great.
    This allows my TV to become a second display (I don't mirror them though).
     
  3. AlBDamned macrumors 68030

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    You're screen is showing up grey because you've got it on NTSC settings. Go to display preferences and play around with the options but ensure you're using the options with PAL at the end.

    It should be pretty easy to set up. :)
     
  4. J@ffa thread starter macrumors 6502a

    J@ffa

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    Thanks, both of you - one last question; what do I do about the sound? As far as I can tell, the PB only has audio line in?
     
  5. dr_lha macrumors 68000

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    Use the headphone jack. Works fine for me into my stereo.
     
  6. AlBDamned macrumors 68030

    AlBDamned

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    Exactly.

    If you get/have a 3.5 mm jack into 2 phono (lead is availale from an electronics store like Maplins for about £3.00), you can probably plug it straight into your hi-fi. The powerbook has an excellent soundcard. We had mine plugged up to my 400w system with two subs and it sounded awesome.
     
  7. spacepower7 macrumors 68000

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    Powerbook

    The coolest thing about this!!

    Using your Powerbook

    You can play NTSC Video/DVDs on a PAL TV
    You can play PAL Video/DVDs on a NTSC TV

    You can all play video games on both too :)
     

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