Connect Mac mini (Early 2009) to analog TV

Discussion in 'Mac mini' started by RMo, Aug 16, 2010.

  1. RMo macrumors 65816

    RMo

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    Greetings,

    Can anyone help me connect my Mac mini (Early 2009) to an analog TV? This is the Mac mini with Mini-DisplayPort and Mini-DVI outputs. The TV has only coax, S-video, and RCA component inputs.

    The closest thing I can find is the Apple Mini-DVI to Video adapter, which adapts Mini-DVI to composite and S-video. However, it claims to support only the Mac mini (Intel Core Duo), which is a couple generations earlier. Reviews of the product seem to confirm this; apparently, the Mac mini (Early 2009)'s mini-DVI port does not put out an analog signal (only digital), which this product needs.

    Can anyone think of something else? (Yes, I know, the TV is old. :))
     
  2. Thermonuclear macrumors 6502

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    Dump the energy inefficient SDTV. It's possible to buy a small but new HDTV for under US$200 you'll save enough on your electric bill to pay for it.
     
  3. RMo thread starter macrumors 65816

    RMo

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    Thanks for the suggestion, but it's not really what I was looking for. ;) I don't watch enough TV for it to have much of an effect, plus I live with roommates and the TV is not mine. (It is not a small analog TV, mind you, so I doubt it could be replaced for $200, and even at our current rate of energy consumption, that would take as much time as remains in our lease to make up even if our energy bill post-replacement was half as much as average. If we could, we'd replace the fridge. :D)

    Even though this mini can output analog VGA though the mini-DVI connector via an adapter, I'm still assuming the s-video/composite adapter won't work because of complaints some people have made--and the fact that Apple doesn't list this model as working.

    Therefore, I'm guessing I'd need some sort of converter box or something. Does anyone have any suggestions or experience?
     
  4. Intell macrumors P6

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    This is why I bought a Early 2006 Mini and upgraded it. I have an SDTV that has the same inputs as your's. There is no cheap way to get it to work with your Mini that I know of.
     
  5. ADent macrumors 6502a

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  6. RMo thread starter macrumors 65816

    RMo

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    I know--that's why I said it in my post. Twice ;)
    Thanks for the link--I was actually looking at something similar (if not this exact same thing) on Amazon. Does anyone have personal experience or recommendations with any? Otherwise, I'll probably end up doing exactly this.
     
  7. Giuly macrumors 68040

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    What about MiniDisplayPort (or HDMI)-2-DVI-Adapter -> DVI-2-MiniDVI-Adapter->MiniDVI-2-RCA-Adapter?
     
  8. indg macrumors 6502

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    i don't think the 9400m outputs the correct video signal for s-video. as a previous poster suggested, you need a digital-to-analog converter. so minidp-to-vga adapter + vga-to-svideo might be your best bet.
     
  9. ADent macrumors 6502a

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    With the words seem and apparently I wasn't sure you were convinced.



    What "MiniDVI-2-RCA-Adapter"? The one Apple sells only works on machines with S-Video output on the miniDVI connector - certain older Macs. It is an pin/connector adapter not a converter. It was mentioned above that it didn't work. It was pointed out that my post pointing out that it didn't work was redundant.

    Here is a true DVI to S-Video converter: http://www.hdtvsupply.com/hdmi-to-composite.html . It runs $260.
     

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