Mac Mini component video output

Discussion in 'Mac mini' started by Khadafi, Aug 13, 2009.

  1. Khadafi macrumors newbie

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    Hi. I have been trying to solve this issue for a very long time. My TV doesn't have DVI or VGA inputs, so I can only use component video input to plug my mac mini(mid 2007).

    But I have serious problems with it. I have bought a Dvi to component video cable on eBay but it doesn't work with mac mini(it works with old PC). I have heard that there should be some special cable. Can you help me please solve this problem?

    Thanks
     
  2. mooblie macrumors 6502

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    As Arthur Dent has correctly suspected, make sure you don't mix up your "Component" and "Composite" video.

    Sorry if you already know all this but:

    Does your TV have
    (a) yellow+red+white phono/RCA inputs (= composite + audio) or
    (b) red+blue+green phono/RCA inputs (= component)?

    BTW, if it's composite, you won't be able to read much text if you're using your TV as a desktop monitor. You'll have to turn the resolution right down (to 640x480 levels!! :eek: )
     
  3. pmcmvp macrumors member

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    how is the quality with s-video? Im planning to watch movies with my projector. I know s-video is worst but it could be good enough. I may just have to try.

    Also I read that this adaptor does not fit with the mini DVI to DVi adaptor with the new mac mini. Is this true?
     
  4. ADent macrumors 6502a

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    The DVI* to S-Video above a) will not fit into a 2009 Mac mini b) The 2009 Mac mini does not support S-Video directly, even with an Apple miniDVi to S-Video adapter.

    You need to at least get the $27 VGA to Svideo adapter from monoprice (there are nicer units) to use with the miniDVI to VGA adapter. Do a search here and you will see at least on report of success.
     
  5. pmcmvp macrumors member

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  6. pmcmvp macrumors member

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    I just realize my projector has a VGA input. How would movies look like with VGA compared to s-video.
     
  7. pmcmvp macrumors member

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    I just realize that VGA is not widescreen?

    Is there any way to use s-video from the 2009 mac mini but widescreen?
     
  8. pmcmvp macrumors member

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    i mean is there a way to make it widescrren with vga?
     
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  10. mooblie macrumors 6502

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    I believe the options you have available depend on what monitor/projector you plug it into.

    I use VGA to feed my 24" widescreen Dell screen at 1920x1200 - sure looks wide to me!
     

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