Get macbook pro video on TV

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  1. johnpc macrumors member

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    I'm essentially looking for a an adapter between mini DisplayPort and RCA connectors. I'm using a 13 inch macbook pro to a TC with only the red, white, and yellow (RCA) connectors. Unfortunately I can not find the cable anywhere online. Suggestions would be appreciated.
     
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    OP said RCA

    "only the red, white, and yellow (RCA) "
     
  5. johnpc thread starter macrumors member

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    "TC" was a typo (sorry). Just a "TV". Television. The TV only has RCA ports and a headphone jack.
     
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    That Audio jack is perfect. If only I could get video on there, too.
     
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    right

    and a converter :)
     
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    RCA "red, white, yellow" is used for audio (red/black and white) and video (yellow - Composite).

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    RCA is a plug type, which can also be used for component of course, but then the plugs and sockets are red, green and blue (RGB):

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    More on RCA: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/RCA_connector
     
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    why are you bothering with component, OP only uses red white and yellow
     
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    okay my bad, I was color blind at that moment...:D
     
  14. johnpc thread starter macrumors member

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    Yes, thankyou! I noticed that right after I posted. Is there any risk that a two adapter video solution just wouldn't work? Like would it need a converter?

    Right now as I understand it I need two cables:
    http://cgi.ebay.com/VGA-TV-Converte...530995228?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0#ht_1052wt_913
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    http://cgi.ebay.com/Genuine-Apple-M...-MB572Z-A-/280552551283?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0

    to get video to work

    then one more cable:
    http://cgi.ebay.com/3-5mm-3-5-Jack-...deo-AV-TV-/250639332983?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0

    for audio.
     
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    Don't think you actually need that converter box, I've connected my older MBP to VGA using a similar converter cable as I linked to and it worked, didn't need a converter box. I'm looking for my vga to rca cable right now...haven't used it in a long time

    anyone know?
     
  17. Eddyisgreat macrumors 601

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    there was a really good post that talked about it. lemme see if I can find it.

    here ya go. Explains in detail, bold for emphasis. Taken from http://www.mac-forums.com/forums/1011186-post7.html:

     
  18. johnpc thread starter macrumors member

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    OP here.

    Those cables finally shipped from Hong Kong (sorry it took so long) and I tried it. It's my macbook pro to apple's miniDisplayPort to VGA to VGA to RCA to my RCA TV. The connection seems sound but the video simply does not work. I've tried messing with the Display Settings (mirror displays, etc.) but I get nothing. The TV reacts by making electrical sounds and offering different "white noise" images when I check/uncheck mirror displays but nothing results in working video. Help?
     
  19. moel macrumors 6502

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    Thats because you outputting a digital signal from the mdp port.

    You need a converter box.

    Precisely what are you trying to do? Because anything other than just watching movies on your telly..isn't going to be anything like enjoyable.

    You won't be able to use it as a second monitor as the resolution is FAR too low.
     
  20. johnpc thread starter macrumors member

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    I really do mainly want it for movie watching. It's kinda a shame. A flat panel TV with free shipping is available for buy it now on ebay for $89. A converter box costs more than that. Looks like I won't be able to do it.
     

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