HDTV link up with old powerbook

Discussion in 'PowerPC Macs' started by milligan, Jul 21, 2009.

  1. milligan macrumors member

    Jul 20, 2009
    I'm about to buy a sony 40" HDTV, and I have an old Powerbook G4 (1 GHz 512 MB DDR SDRAM
    that I hardly never use, so can I hook them up together to use the G4 as a dvd player? If so what cable do I need?

    Can I even use it for apple TV?
  2. Makosuke macrumors 603

    Aug 15, 2001
    The Cool Part of CA, USA
    Based on the 1.0GHz speed, your PowerBook G4 should have a DVI output on it. Which means that if your HDTV has an HDMI input, you just need to get a DVI-HDMI cable (readily available, not particularly expensive) to hook it up to your TV, and it should work fine. I've run exactly this setup with several different Macs.

    For audio you're going to need a 1/8" jack (the headphone style) to RCA (red and white audio connectors), then an extension cable for one or the other to reach the audio input on your TV or home theater system. These should be dirt cheap at somewhere like RadioShack (though they've started pushing ridiculously overpriced "premium" cables recently, so maybe elsewhere). Hook those up, set your TV to use the correct audio and video input, and you should be good to go. (Oh, and don't forget to turn the volume on the Mac to max--this will give you the best quality, and you can then adjust properly with your TV or sound rig's volume control.)

    Now, when you say "Can I even use it for apple TV?" I don't follow. You mean as a home theater hub in place of an Apple TV? If so, only sort of--it's going to be too slow to play most modern media files without skipping, so you're going to be limited to relatively small video files and DVDs.
  3. milligan thread starter macrumors member

    Jul 20, 2009

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