ATV2 to old HDTV with converter - still doesn't work

Discussion in 'Apple TV and Home Theater' started by hgstudios, Sep 15, 2011.

  1. hgstudios macrumors newbie

    Sep 15, 2011
    I bought the ATV2 before knowing that there was no way to connect it to my 2002 Mitsubishi HD1080 TV, Model # WS-48511. So, after hours of reading online, I decided to purchase an HD video converter. Followed directions, running VGA cable from converter to VGA input in TV. Programmed TV to receive from VGA input (which it recognizes as a computer-not sure if that is right). Ran RCA cable from audio port of converter to a digital audio port on TV.

    Nothing. Then I remembered several people saying that they had to turn off or unplug the TV and the converter in order to get it to bring up the picture. I tried that and actually got rolling lines (like the ones you see when the picture is trying to change dpi).

    Well, now I don't know what to do. Found the TV manual online, but it only talks about VGI port for computers. It does play 720dpi, but defaults to 1080i. Could this be the issue? Not being able to actually set the TV on 720?

    I am stumped. I'm not much of an audio/video technocrat!

    Need help.....please.:eek:
  2. Capt T macrumors 6502a

    Mar 20, 2010
  3. hgstudios thread starter macrumors newbie

    Sep 15, 2011
    That's a good idea. Honestly, in all of my reading, no one talked about an HDMI w/component cables converter. Makes sense to me. Thanks. Maybe I can return this one, or sell it on eBay.
  4. blueroom macrumors 603


    Feb 15, 2009
    Toronto, Canada
    Keep in mind a new bulb for that old TV will cost you almost as much as a new 46" flatscreen that'll support the ATV2's HDMI perfectly.
  5. hgstudios thread starter macrumors newbie

    Sep 15, 2011
    Very true. Had to replace it once ($495) - and that's the last time I'll do it. But it is a 65" screen. Will just have to wait until it burns out. :)
  6. btbrossard macrumors 6502a

    Oct 25, 2008
    Does the HD converter you're trying to get working support HDCP handshaking?

    The ATV (and most HDMI devices) use HDCP copy protection. Part of the copy protection is to make sure analog HD (like VGA or component cables) can't be used so that the HD picture can't be copied.

    The item in the second post (the HDMI -> Component converter) specifically states it supports HDCP.

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