What went wrong? G4 TV

Discussion in 'PowerPC Macs' started by crabbydaddy2, Jan 30, 2008.

  1. macrumors member

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    #1
    So i bought a 3.50
    cable from ebay
    that plugs into the back of my Powermac G4 and
    allows it to be put on a tv via svideo or composite

    vga to svideo/composite

    so i plug it in
    and i get nothing on the TV

    so like idk what i did wrong

    i adjusted the video on the Powermac to
    800 x 600 (or the smallest it would go)
    and i still get nothing
    except for a black screen?


    POWERMAC G4
    DUAL 500 MHZ
     
  2. macrumors 68030

    FF_productions

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    Mt. Prospect, Illinois
    #2
    Try refreshing the displays in system preferences and see if it works...

    Are you 100% sure it works with your G4?

    The video card in my Mac Pro is so awful it can't even connect to a TV.
     
  3. macrumors 6502

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    #3
    Video cards of that vintage do not support S-video/composite output via the VGA port.
     
  4. thread starter macrumors member

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    Jan 18, 2007
    #4
    well are there any other ways i could connect this computer
    to a tv


    i have an iBook 1.42
    if i used the Mini VGA to VGA then VGA to composite
    would that work?

    (like showing a brief QT movie)
     
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    yippy

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  6. macrumors 6502

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    The video card does not output S-video or composite AT ALL.

    Such adapters are meant for use with specific video cards on later Mac's.
     
  7. macrumors 601

    OrangeSVTguy

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    #7
    you can get another video card. i know my ati 9800 has a tv out port on it via s-video port and connectes with an svideo or composite. it's also got dvi and vga.
     

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