MacBook Pro i7 to RCA video output?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by QMdude, Jul 3, 2011.

  1. QMdude macrumors member

    Dec 30, 2009
    I just got a MacBook Pro, 13 inch, i7, etc.

    Unfortunately my TV is rather old. Until I get a new one, I wanted to connect my MacBook Pro to it. I assume that the Mini DisplayPort is the same as the Thunderbolt port, and thought of using a Mini DisplayPort-to-DVI adapter [], and then using a DVI-to-Video adapter [] to accomplish this task.

    Theoretically it should work, but I thought I'd consult before I bought the somewhat pricey adapters. Are there any direct adapters available?
  2. Detrius macrumors 68000

    Sep 10, 2008
    Asheville, NC
    It won't work, AND there aren't any direct adapters. Ultimately, what you need is a scan converter, and for the price of something like that, you could just buy a new TV.
  3. QMdude thread starter macrumors member

    Dec 30, 2009
  4. QMdude thread starter macrumors member

    Dec 30, 2009
  5. shardey macrumors 6502a


    Jan 28, 2010
    My friend had to get a convertor to make his ps3 work with his projector. It took a $130 box (the cheaper you pay the worse quality picture it is, believe me) to convert from Digital (hdmi) to analog (vga). You would have to find a box that converts from Mini display port to vga/rgb. If those don't exist then you need to get a mini display port to dvi converter, then get the box that converts hdmi/dvi to vga.

    Dvi is both analog and digital signals, as Hdmi is only digital and rgb and vga are analog.

    Hope this helps.

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