iBook G4 and TV

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  1. notchfiend
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    I found a 27" 4:3 TV today. It only has the threaded cable input, no S-Video or anything else. Just the threaded cable. I want to make it a external monitor for the 'Book. What do I need to do this: mini-VGA to composite, composite to converter box and converter box to TV? Am I missing something? Or, can someone else think of a better idea, please?

    TIA

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  2. Zeke D
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    Mini-VGA => composite => RF modulator => TV. You will get pretty low resolution though. Some rf modulators allow s-video.
     
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    I can live with low resolution as long as it not just blocks moving across the screen. Anything's better than the CRT monitor I have now. You can still see a ghost of the Windoze the previous owner had on it.

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    I know I said mini-VGA to composite, but then I found this. I have more questions.

    I want to keep this project at as low a cost as possible. I already have a mini-VGA to VGA adapter. What's on the above page should work, right? Then, plug it directly in to this S-Video input? From there to the TV. Am I correct to saying this?

    Anyone?
     
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    your assessment is correct, i used a similar setup 25 years ago when 800x600 was hot stuff.
     
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    Ha. Ha!

    Seriously though...Will rez be that low? I was hoping for 1024 x 768.
     
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    most US analog TVs are 320x240, with the high end at 480i which is 720x480. I would expect 640x480 on your tv.
     
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    I did some research on the model and it's an Emerson TC-2555D. It's a CRT TV. Does this help my chances at getting a higher resolution?
     
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    if it supports QAM or something, then yes, but i doubt it.
     
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    Is there some other set up with this TV and an iBook which will give higher rez?

    Checking on the QAM thing.
     
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    I would check your local thrift shop. You can likely get a CRT monitor for less than $20. Personally, I would just use the CRT you have until you cen get something to replace it. I would suspect if you let us know where you live, we could help you look in your local Craigslist. The people on this form are a great bunch of people, and they have been known to donate computer items to those who are in need.
     
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    I thought this would be an easy project. I also found out the TV was made in 1991. So, mos def not QAM-ready. I will just use it watch DVDs after I buy a box to covert to digital.

    I'm not in dire need. The iBook just has a crummy external monitor. My main computer rocks. This TV would have been a bonus seeing how I found it.



    Thanks for your help.
     
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    I don't know, what a threaded cable is (no native speaker), but I some time ago used the mini-VGA to composite adapter that came with my ibook and put a composite cable in it, that had SCART on its other end (is SCART maybe a threaded cable?).

    On the higher resolution, there is a firmwarehack, that allows second display support at higher resolutions with ibooks (it has it like the PowerBooks, but Apple just blocked it). Maybe you want to google it.
     
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    By threaded cable he means rf connector. In the USA, analog TVs are maxing out at 480i, and that is usually if they have a component or composite input, otherwise, they are usually lowr resolution than 480i.

    Notchfiend, where are you at?
     

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