Connecting macbook pro to lcd without hdmi

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  1. bartz73 macrumors newbie

    bartz73

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    Hi all

    I have an old Sony LCD TV model KLV-L23M1 which i would like to use as a monitor for my Macbook Pro(2011).
    The problem is the tv has no HDMI sockets only S-Video/Scart & 3 phono video inputs(yellow/white/red for picture sound).

    Is there anyway of connection the 2(with cables)?
    or can i connect via Apple tv(1st edition) for watching films etc?


    Any help wouold be much appreciated.

    Many thanks

    Bartz73
     
  2. Interstella5555 macrumors 603

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    Yes to both, you just need Mini-display port to component, you can find them here:

    http://store.apple.com/us/browse/home/shop_mac/mac_accessories/cables
     
  3. pscraig macrumors member

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    FYI the picture isn't going to be very good using that TV as a display. It might be fine for watching a movie, but for anything that requires actually seeing letters on the screen (such as reading this forum) you will be disappointed.
     
  4. m00nman macrumors newbie

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    You are wrong, using component cable will give the same to VGA quality. You probably confused composite connection where the signal is transmitted only over one cable.

    OP, your TV seems to support component, so use that. Get the mini-DP to VGA adapter and the VGA to component adapter. VGA to component is just a straight adapter with no conversion.
     
  5. iLukeJoseph macrumors 6502

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    Component is Sync on Green. RGBHV has separate sync cable for H&V. Other than that, for consumer use component will be fine.
     
  6. phyrexia macrumors 6502a

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    It doesn't matter what kind of connection OP uses, that TV is still 1366x768. Better than 640x480 but still pretty low res.
     
  7. m00nman macrumors newbie

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    720p isn't that bad at 23 inches :cool:
     
  8. pscraig macrumors member

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    Lots of assumptions here that he has the ability to connect VGA or component video. I don't think so.

    SCART does not support standard component video without conversion. From Wikipedia:

    "SCART cannot officially carry non-RGB (e.g. YPBPR) component video signals, which are gaining ground as an improvement over S-Video in markets where SCART is not used. However, some manufacturers of set-top-boxes and DVD players are known to provide optional (menu-selectable), non-standard YPBPR output through the pins that are officially reserved for RGB colour components."

    FYI the Apple TV v1 has no such selection.

    The S-video is just composite video with the chroma and luma information separated out. It's a 4-pin mini-DIN socket. And the 3 phono jacks are composite video and stereo audio.

    And let's not ignore the DRM aspects of this connection. If he attempts to play HDCP-protected content from iTunes it *may* not display a picture at all, since by not using a HDMI connection the link is not secure. I had this exact problem with my first plasma TV, attempting to connect it to my old MBP via DVI.
     
  9. m00nman macrumors newbie

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    I looked up the specs for the TV and it has 1 x component input and 2 x SCART. I am not sure about protected content, but as far as I know it is not required for analog connections.
     
  10. pscraig macrumors member

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    Looking up the TV specs, now that's an idea….touché
     

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