Connect MBP to 'old' TV ... (composite/s-video)

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  1. mgpg89 macrumors 6502a

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    We have a fairly old Bang & Olufsen TV that doesn't support component or HDMI input, just composite / s-video.

    Is there any way to connect my unibody MBP to this television?
     
  2. robanga macrumors 68000

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    You should be able to go Display port to DVI Connector and from that DVI down to a composite connection. The same could also hold true for DP to VGA. You will have trouble playing copy protected content though.

    Here is something the Apple store has;

    http://store.apple.com/us/product/M9267G/A
     
  3. danny_w macrumors 601

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    Sorry but that won't work, because the miniDP->DVI adapter does not contain the analog signals necessary to make that work. The only option that I am aware of is the minDP->VGA adapter and a VGA->composite/s-video conversion box.
     
  4. robanga macrumors 68000

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    That is interesting so this adaptor is able to get analog from an old MBP's DVI but not from the miniDP? Interesting indeed.
     
  5. astromoose macrumors member

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    i too would like to know the answer to this. this thing really can't drive an s-video connection?
     
  6. robanga macrumors 68000

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    Does the miniDP on the new MBs and MBPs put out DVI-I or DVI-D ?
     
  7. danny_w macrumors 601

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    Many users have tried this combo and found that the new miniDP->DVI is actually only DVI-D, unlike the old miniDVI->DVI adapters. I recently saw a thread on this on the Apple forums.
     
  8. CaffeMacchiato macrumors member

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    Mini DisplayPort to DVI-D
     
  9. robanga macrumors 68000

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    Very interesting, so there are a fair amount of old HDTVs and reg TV's that only have composite, s-video and perhaps a VGA port. This means the only bet is miniDP to VGA to composite (assuming there is no VGA)
     
  10. CaffeMacchiato macrumors member

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    Agree
     
  11. danny_w macrumors 601

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    Just one more thing that Apple takes away but does not tell us about. I'll bet they get a lot of angry customers this way! Oh, and BTW, you better not try to play your iTunes HD movies via VGA or on a non-HDCP monitor/tv (like Apple's very own ACD).
     

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