Mac Mini to the TV?

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  1. oo5yolo10 macrumors member

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    I was thinking about getting a mac mini and hooking it up to the TV as the monitor, just to play some dvd's, movies, music etc. How can I get the best quality out of it? It would be on a 20 inch flat screen. Right now I have a ibook and hook up the ibook with the red, white and yellow cords (sorry to be so specific). and its ok, but the quality isnt perfect
     
  2. Spanky Deluxe macrumors 601

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    If your TV has the right connections you could use either VGA or DVI. If its a CRT display (sorry when you said flatscreen I didn't know if you meant CRT flatscreen or a thin display like plasma or tft).
    If you don't have the VGA or DVI connections then your next bet would be to get the svideo adapter and hook it up to the TV with that.
     
  3. oo5yolo10 thread starter macrumors member

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    could you explain VGA and DVI? I told you I was not good at this;)
     
  4. MacDonaldsd macrumors 65816

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    I want to do the same but all my tv has is scart input . What do I do ?
     
  5. Spanky Deluxe macrumors 601

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    MacDonaldsd, you'll have to buy the apple dvi svideo adapter and then also a scart converter. Something like this: http://www.maplin.co.uk/Module.aspx?ModuleNo=13372&criteria=scart&doy=7m3
    Just pop into a maplin store and ask them for an svideo to scart converter or if you want to pay a bit more head down to Dixons, I'm sure they'll have one. Ideally you'd also want a 3.5mm jack -> stereo phono adapter to connect the audio to the scart converter.

    oo5yolo10, VGA is the 'traditional' analogue way of connecting a computer screen to a computer and DVI is the new digital form of connector.

    See here for info on the VGA connection method: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/VGA_connector
    Or see here for info on the DVI connection method: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/DVI_connector

    If its a brand new HDTV flat panel display then there's a chance that it may have and HDMI connection, which is essentially repackaged DVI, see here to see what this looks like: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/HDMI
     
  6. jsw Moderator emeritus

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    Spanky Deluxe gave a great summary of the connectors. You obviously have the iBook connected to the single composite video connection now (the yellow plug), but I suspect that your TV has to at least have S-video.

    If you can determine the model number and manufacturer of the TV, we might be able to help more!
     
  7. Spanky Deluxe macrumors 601

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    Yeah, that's the kind of thing you need. For audio you'll want a 3.5mm jack (small headphone jack) to stereo phono (the red and white things) that'll plug into the red and white coloured sockets on that adapter. The 3.5mm jack on the other end would go into the audio out of the mini.
     
  8. balamw Moderator

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    One connection type that hasn't been mentioned in this thread is the component video connectors which look a lot like the red white and yellow composite video but usually have other colors like blue and green. These are common for DVD to TV connections, and can support a wide range of resolutions. There are DVI to component adapters or cables that can be had relatively inexpensively....

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  9. powerbook911 macrumors 68040

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    I use the composite and s-video to output to regular TVs.

    The problem I have is the screen not fitting on the TV properly.

    640x480 has black all around the edges.

    The next one up (720x something I think) with overscan fills the entire screen, but it looks "squished" or something.

    Didn't someone have an application to create strange resolutions, in attempt to fit the screen just right?
     
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    powerstrip
     
  12. balamw Moderator

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    Isn't powerstrip for Windows? Try SwitchResX for Macs.

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