Mini-DVI to VGA and S-VIDEO adapter?

Discussion in 'Mac Accessories' started by pcw, Jun 17, 2006.

  1. pcw macrumors member

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    Does such adapter exists?

    I would love to have one because I'm using my MacBook connected to an external monitor and then have the MacBook connected to the TV in my living room.

    If that doesn't exist perhaps a VGA to VGA and S-VIDEO adapter exists? (since I already have a Mini-DVI to VGA from Apple, I could use that and connect it to VGA and S-VIDEO).
     
  2. tdhurst macrumors 68040

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    Nope...

    I've never heard or seen a mini DVI>S-video/VGA adapter.

    The only ones that exist are mini DVI>composite/s-video and mini DVI>VGA (which you have, I believe).

    You can find all the adapters for $20 at the Apple Store.
     
  3. pcw thread starter macrumors member

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    I read some reviews about the mini-dvi > s-video/vga adapter at apple store saying that it doesn't work with the macbook but only the powerbook?

    Anyway, so everytime I want to watch a movie on my tv I have to switch the cables from my monitor to the s-video? Argh what a hassle...

    Or......... is it possible to use the composite signal to connect to the monitor with a composite > vga adapter? So I can use both the monitor and my tv connected at the same time?
     
  4. tdhurst macrumors 68040

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    Ummm....

    The mini-dvi>s-video/component and the mini-dvi>vga work with computers that have mini dvi ports, which include most powerbooks, the macbook pro and the macbook (but not the iBook).

    You do realize that if you connect two monitors (say, two TVs, one via s-video, the other via composite) with a mini-dvi adapter that the two external monitors will mirror each other, right?

    It really takes about five seconds to switch the adapters...
     
  5. pcw thread starter macrumors member

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    Well I just want everything to be as smooth as possible.. switching cables in my opinion isn't smooth but if there is no possible solution to it then it'd have to be that way.

    In my world it'd be great if there was such adapter so I could just with a switch on the adapter choose the monitor as the primary display or the s-video to the tv as the primary display.
     
  6. tdhurst macrumors 68040

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    Nope...

    Not a bad idea, but since the monitor output is controlled by the internal video card, it would force the adapter to actually interact with the video card, thus making the adapter more expensive.

    HOWEVER, with the pmcia slot in the powerbooks (and eventually the express slot in the macbook pros), you CAN but an external video card enabling you to use three independent screens...

    I know that doesn't help your situation, but I just thought it was a fun fact.
     
  7. pcw thread starter macrumors member

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    Thanks for your help anyways, you've been most helpful :)
     
  8. tdhurst macrumors 68040

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    Yep..

    I live to geek out...let me know if you have any other questions!
     

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