Connecting RCA, Component or S-Video External Monitors to a 2011 15" MacBook Pro i7

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by treesareawesome, Sep 26, 2011.

  1. treesareawesome macrumors newbie

    Sep 26, 2011
    Please forgive me if this question has been asked and answered. I have been poking around trying to find this information, but everything I have found is for older models.

    I have a 2011 15" MacBook Pro i7. I want to know if it is even possible to connect this notebook to a simple external monitor (like an older - not HD - TV) using RCA, component, or S-video.

    The laptop doesn't even appear to have an external monitor port...unless I am supposed to be using the Thunderbolt port for that??

    I guess I need to know:
    -What port should I be using to connect to an (old, not fancy - or, really, ANY) external monitor?
    -What cable do I need to do this?

    HELP ME!! I just wanna watch movies in the living room!!
  2. snaky69 macrumors 603

    Mar 14, 2008
    Yes, you're supposed to use the thunderbolt port, that's what it's for? I thought the promotional pictures with a Apple Display connected to it you see everywhere would render this self-explanatory.

    Connecting to an older CRT TV will most likely make the image look like crap. Since the resolution on those is extremely low(640x480) you'd barely be able to display much of anything on it, rendering the TV pretty useless as an external monitor. If you intend to play DVD's, or perhaps a bit of youtube on the TV, you'll be able to get by on such a small screen, otherwise, there isn't much you can do on so little space.


    Using one of these:

    With a regular vga cable longe enough to reach your TV, with this attach to the end to transfer image to your TV

    Then you'll need one of these for sound, with an extension long enough if you need one.
  3. treesareawesome thread starter macrumors newbie

    Sep 26, 2011
    Forgive me, my understanding was that the Thunderbolt port was intended for data transfer, hence my confusion. It's new, so give me a break, eh?? Also I'm not connecting it to an Apple display, just a regular TV with, like I said, RCA, component and S-Video ports. Just trying to watch .avi files with more people than just myself.

    Thanks for your kind response.
  4. takeshi74 macrumors 601

    Feb 9, 2011
    Don't overlook Google:

    Granted, that's still not applicable to you since you're trying to get to component, svideo or RCA.
  5. snaky69 macrumors 603

    Mar 14, 2008
    Not a problem, new technology invariably leads to confusion, that's how things are.

    Hope my links helped.
  6. teameurox macrumors regular

    Oct 26, 2010
    Will that work I have read over and over again and have heard mix reviews of needing a converter box, not just the the adapter cable?
  7. VABuckeye macrumors newbie

    Sep 1, 2011
    As the initial responder stated it's not going to look all. An older analog TV is 640 X 480 interlaced.

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