Connect MacBook to TV - problems

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  1. fstfrwrd macrumors regular

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    Alright, I'm trying to connect my MacBook to my TV to watch a movie.
    I've already done it about a year ago, but now it seems like I'm doing something wrong.

    I've got:

    video: Mini DVI to VGA => VGA to S-Video => S-video to scart
    audio: Stereo splitter (results in red and white audio, L and R) => red + white into scart

    and then the Scart into the back of my television.

    Whenever I try this, the TV screen shows nothing but static.
    I have a gazillion of options (resolutions and Hz), but none of them seem to work.

    When I last tried this, it worked automatically and I didn't have to select the right frequency etc ...

    What am I doing wrong?
    Am I using the wrong cables? (not sure they are the exact same ones I used last time)


    Thanks in advance
     
  2. fstfrwrd thread starter macrumors regular

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  3. Chandler Adaway macrumors 6502a

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    Did you try going through all of your video output sources by pressing TV/Video or the equivalent on your remote?
     
  4. fstfrwrd thread starter macrumors regular

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    Yes, I did.
    I even tried on another television; same problem.
     
  5. Chandler Adaway macrumors 6502a

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    Hm, well since it's urgent, the only thing I can suggest is burning whatever you need to a DvD.

    Other than that, if you need more of a longterm fix, Apple TV would be great for you.

    Sorry I couldn't help you at all.
     
  6. fstfrwrd thread starter macrumors regular

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    that's not an option.

    does anyone else know what's going on?
     
  7. jessmac macrumors newbie

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    You may want to get the mini dvi to s-video/composite video adapter from the apple store. It seems you are using two sets of cables and adapters. This simpler solution might solve your problem. Good Luck!
     
  8. ant-macyourself macrumors member

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    I don't know if your problem was solved by the last person's suggestion, but here are a couple of things that might help:

    1.) Make sure the cables are all connected before you turn your TV on. Sometimes if the TV is on first it doesn't seem to work.
    2.) Ensure the Macbook is outputting a screen resolution that your TV can handle. For example, many plasma TVs are only 1024x768 pixels.
     

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