Mac Mini Questions consernd about best priceing and tv hook up.

Discussion in 'Mac mini' started by tbluhp, Dec 5, 2008.

  1. tbluhp macrumors 6502a

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    Ok my first question is that wich cord will I need to buy in order to hook up a mac mini to my standered tv? The only cord I know of is the red,white and yellow cord for my wii or dvd player. So does apple offer one of those?

    Also

    I will be buying one likely in Late Feb or early March so how much do you think I would be spending on one? As long as it is intel I will be good. No G4 PPC once.
     
  2. mpshay macrumors 6502

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    What connection does your TV have? DVI would be the best case because that is what the Mini has. Second best option would be to use a DVI to HDMI cable and use an HDMI port on your TV. The second connection will be for sound. The mac mini has a single audio mini jack so you will some type of adapter depending upon which type of audio in you have
     
  3. tbluhp thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    The TV is a Magnavox
    13" Digital TV/DVD Player Combo with ATSC Tuner CD130MW8


    http://www.magnavox.com/index.cfm?event=main&cat_id=1&subcat_id=6&product=158

    The TV only has the cord for an atanna and the av video/audio plug.
     
  4. SnowLeopard2008 macrumors 604

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    Use DVI. It's the port with two holes at either side and 3 rows of pins.
     
  5. tbluhp thread starter macrumors 6502a

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  6. Courtaj macrumors 6502a

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    You'll need one of these to turn the DVI output into a composite video output, from which you'll need to run a cable with an RCA plug on each end, to the yellow input on your TV: http://store.apple.com/us/product/M9267G/A

    If an updated mini with mini-DVI comes out, you'll need one of these instead: http://store.apple.com/us/product/M9319G/A?fnode=MTY1NDA3Ng&mco=MjE0ODUwMg

    If it comes out with mini DisplayPort, then God help you.

    For audio, you'll need a stereo 3.5mm-to-RCA cable.

    Personally, I think it's a lot of hassle for minimal gain. The resulting video resolution will be low, and the quality mediocre. Far better to have a TV with digital inputs or a computer monitor, but it sounds like you have a tight budget to work within.

    Good luck.

    Andrew.
     
  7. TrapOx macrumors 6502

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    They still make TVs that small? They still make cathode ray tubes????? :eek:

    Get an actual computer monitor. The cost of a mini displayport to RCA adapter will be more than that 13" cathode ray tube TV is worth.
     
  8. tbluhp thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Sorry I am a bit confused. It's going to be a Mac Mini

    "1.5 GHz Intel Core Solo or 1.66 GHz Intel Core Duo" So I just buy the first item mentioned above and then buy a regular RCA cable?
     
  9. Courtaj macrumors 6502a

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    Right. I didn't realise you were planning on buying second-hand, hence my references to possible updates.

    Yes, if the mini you end up buying has DVI, then you'll need the first item mentioned to handle the video. Audio will need a separate solution: perhaps a 3.5mm-to-RCA adapter, so you can then use the three-point RCA AV cable to route video and audio into your television set.

    It ain't gonna look pretty.
     

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