ibook video adapter - black and white on TV

Discussion in 'Macintosh Computers' started by amsquared, May 7, 2004.

  1. amsquared macrumors newbie

    Jan 5, 2004
    I bought an Apple Video Adapter (Mini VGA to Video out) to connect my daughters G4 ibook to her TV.

    I have tried connecting the ibook to the TV using a phono Video lead to the phono video input on the TV and also using a phono to Scart lead to the TV but both only produce Black and White pictures on the TV. I have tried 2 different TVs and still just get B&W.

    I checked the ibook Help and it suggests that I should go to Display Peferences/Options and change the settings. I can’t find an Options item in Display Preferences. I assume there is something I need to adjust in the NTSC/PAL preferences.

    There is no problem with the sound. Just the picture.

    Can anybody provide simple step by step instructions to set the VGA output to colour for a PAL TV.

  2. evil_santa macrumors 6502a


    Sep 23, 2003
    London, England
    I would have though the video out default is NTSC. NTSC would come out in B/W on a PAL TV, though most TV that have been made in the last few years can accept PAL & NTSC through the SCART Socket. I don't have a new ibook so can't help in how to switch it to PAL
  3. abhishekit macrumors 65816


    Nov 6, 2003
    akron , ohio
    the options tab under display wd come up only when u r connected to a display..
    when u r connected to the tv, under color tab, of display, it says NTSC/PAL, but theres not one that you can select, but you may wanna play with other settings, so connect to tv, and then goto systempref-display

    hope it helps..
  4. amsquared thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jan 5, 2004
    Got it working

    It just seems to be temperamental.

    I plugged it in and out a few times and eventually on opening System Preferences/Display I got the NTSC/PAL profile set it to PAL and hey presto we have colour on the TV.

    I adjusted a few of the colour settings and created a calibrated PAL profile.

    It seems to work OK now.

    Thanks for your suggestions


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