Mini-DVI to VGA and S-VIDEO adapter?

pcw

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Does such adapter exists?

I would love to have one because I'm using my MacBook connected to an external monitor and then have the MacBook connected to the TV in my living room.

If that doesn't exist perhaps a VGA to VGA and S-VIDEO adapter exists? (since I already have a Mini-DVI to VGA from Apple, I could use that and connect it to VGA and S-VIDEO).
 

tdhurst

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Nope...

I've never heard or seen a mini DVI>S-video/VGA adapter.

The only ones that exist are mini DVI>composite/s-video and mini DVI>VGA (which you have, I believe).

You can find all the adapters for $20 at the Apple Store.
 

pcw

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appleretailguy said:
I've never heard or seen a mini DVI>S-video/VGA adapter.

The only ones that exist are mini DVI>composite/s-video and mini DVI>VGA (which you have, I believe).

You can find all the adapters for $20 at the Apple Store.
I read some reviews about the mini-dvi > s-video/vga adapter at apple store saying that it doesn't work with the macbook but only the powerbook?

Anyway, so everytime I want to watch a movie on my tv I have to switch the cables from my monitor to the s-video? Argh what a hassle...

Or......... is it possible to use the composite signal to connect to the monitor with a composite > vga adapter? So I can use both the monitor and my tv connected at the same time?
 

tdhurst

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Ummm....

pcw said:
I read some reviews about the mini-dvi > s-video/vga adapter at apple store saying that it doesn't work with the macbook but only the powerbook?

Anyway, so everytime I want to watch a movie on my tv I have to switch the cables from my monitor to the s-video? Argh what a hassle...

Or......... is it possible to use the composite signal to connect to the monitor with a composite > vga adapter? So I can use both the monitor and my tv connected at the same time?
The mini-dvi>s-video/component and the mini-dvi>vga work with computers that have mini dvi ports, which include most powerbooks, the macbook pro and the macbook (but not the iBook).

You do realize that if you connect two monitors (say, two TVs, one via s-video, the other via composite) with a mini-dvi adapter that the two external monitors will mirror each other, right?

It really takes about five seconds to switch the adapters...
 

pcw

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appleretailguy said:
The mini-dvi>s-video/component and the mini-dvi>vga work with computers that have mini dvi ports, which include most powerbooks, the macbook pro and the macbook (but not the iBook).

You do realize that if you connect two monitors (say, two TVs, one via s-video, the other via composite) with a mini-dvi adapter that the two external monitors will mirror each other, right?

It really takes about five seconds to switch the adapters...
Well I just want everything to be as smooth as possible.. switching cables in my opinion isn't smooth but if there is no possible solution to it then it'd have to be that way.

In my world it'd be great if there was such adapter so I could just with a switch on the adapter choose the monitor as the primary display or the s-video to the tv as the primary display.
 

tdhurst

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Nope...

pcw said:
Well I just want everything to be as smooth as possible.. switching cables in my opinion isn't smooth but if there is no possible solution to it then it'd have to be that way.

In my world it'd be great if there was such adapter so I could just with a switch on the adapter choose the monitor as the primary display or the s-video to the tv as the primary display.
Not a bad idea, but since the monitor output is controlled by the internal video card, it would force the adapter to actually interact with the video card, thus making the adapter more expensive.

HOWEVER, with the pmcia slot in the powerbooks (and eventually the express slot in the macbook pros), you CAN but an external video card enabling you to use three independent screens...

I know that doesn't help your situation, but I just thought it was a fun fact.
 

pcw

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Thanks for your help anyways, you've been most helpful :)