ATV gen 3 issues on older TV

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  1. cutetail macrumors newbie

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    I've found a bunch of old threads about issues converting ATV to an older TV, but none recently (where links to converter products are valid), and none that I could find re: ATV3.

    So... now the gory details.
    I have a 2008 LCD rear projection TV, with RCA r/w/y S-video inputs as well as r/w/y/g/b inputs. I have purchased 2 HDMI converters to try to get the ATV to display correctly, without success; the first was HDMI to RCA r/w/y S-video (http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00KXDS4VQ/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o01_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1) which shows the picture fine, just in B&W (audio is fine), but I couldn't get the picture to show in color, so I bought an HDMI to r/w/y/g/b converter (http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00J22LGYG/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o00_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1) which shows a garbled picture, also in B&W (audio is fine).

    Please don't tell me to buy a new TV, cause it's not gonna happen. If I can't get this to work, I'm gonna return the ATV and both converters and just keep DishTV, which I am trying desperately to get rid of (hence the ATV).

    Any suggestions?

    Thanks in advance!!!!
     
  2. oneMadRssn macrumors 68040

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    Have you tried messing with the HDMI settings?

    - On your Apple TV menu, go to Settings > Audio & Video.
    - Scroll down to the HDMI Output menu and use the Select button on your Apple Remote to cycle through the following options: Auto, YCbCr, RGB High, RGB Low.
    - When cycling through the HDMI Output options, your TV may take a short period of time to adjust to the new color profile.
     
  3. cutetail thread starter macrumors newbie

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    I have not yet... I will try, but forgive the naivety of my question... but if i cannot see the picture from the ATV, how do i adjust it?
     
  4. Anonymous Freak macrumors 601

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    Use the cable that shows the black and white picture.

    Also, the AppleTV gen3 doesn't support 1080i, and the adapter you're using doesn't support 1080p, so you'll need to use 720p.

    I have an old rear-projection TV, too, that only supports 1080i not 1080p, so I have to use 720p instead.
     
  5. cutetail thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Awesome - thank you! One last stupid question... the 720p setting is on the TV, right?

    I will try thee when I get home tonight! Thanks again!
     
  6. oneMadRssn macrumors 68040

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    As the above poster said, use whatever you were using where you were able to see b&w.

    Also, the 720p adjustment should be on the AppleTV settings menu.
     
  7. cutetail thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Thank you!!! I HAVE COLOR!!!!

    The 720p setting was clutch... I tried all the permutations using the r/w/y converter to no avail, but left the it on 720 and YCbCr, unplugged that converter and plugged in the r/w/y/g/b converter and got a picture, which I hadn't before. And when I exited from settings everything was in color :-D The irony is that I needed to make all the changes viewing in B&W using the r/w/y converter, including changing the HDMI setting to YCbCr. Now I'm set and get to return the other converter and *finally* get to cancel my dish.

    Thanks again!
     
  8. cutetail, May 2, 2015
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    cutetail thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Ok seriously? I turned on the tv today after watching for an hour of beautiful color last night.... And no picture this morning.... WTF! Now what do I do?
     

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