New Mini/HTPC and Component Conversion

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  1. xxMACxx macrumors regular

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    I've had my mini for about 2 weeks now and have been playing around with Plex and getting ready to install this in my living room as my HTPC. It's been in my bedroom hooked up to my Sony LCD(I never could fix the overscan issue) until I could get the parts I thought I needed for my older Pioneer Elite 720HD. It turns out that my Pioneer only has component inputs, and I'm having a tough time finding a way to convert DVI/HDMI to components cost effectively. I've spent hours searching the Internet without a lot of success. I ran across this on Ebay and wondered if anyone had used one of these, and if so, how did it work?

    http://cgi.ebay.com/NEW-SP1080-HD3-...:1|240:1318|301:0|293:1|294:50#ht_1912wt_1167

    It sounds like it will work, but I'm skeptical.

    Any input would be appreciated.
    Michael
     
  2. bigbossbmb macrumors 68000

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    that seems like it might work

    about the overscan issue... if you go into "display calibration" in Plex, you can have it adjust for the overscan.
     
  3. TuckBodi macrumors 6502

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  4. Undecided macrumors 6502a

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    I don't think you need that, because it seems like that converts a digital signal to analog, which is not what you are doing. Mac DVI ports are DVI-I, meaning they are both digital (DVI-D) and analog (DVI-A). Thus, all you need is the mini-DVI to VGA adapter (you aren't converting, only plug adapting). Then, you need a VGA to component cable. Or,cheaper on Ebay.
     
  5. xxMACxx thread starter macrumors regular

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    That is interesting... I don't believe I've seen anyone try this before... I've got a DVI to vga adapter, so I'll try to find the vga to rgb cable and give that a shot. Almost sounds too simple, but that would be nice, and cheaper than buying a new TV. :)

    Thanks!
     
  6. xxMACxx thread starter macrumors regular

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    This didn't work. No video came out... bummer though, it could have been a cheap way to go.
    Thanks
    Michael
     
  7. xxMACxx thread starter macrumors regular

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    Results

    Just wanted to follow up and post the results of this. The device came in and it did work, although it could not pass and 1080 video out without the video stuttering and being out of sync with the audio. 720 content worked ok. The screen size was not perfect either, but since I couldn't get 1080 content working I decided it wasn't going waste any more time on it.... Looks like I might be in the market for a new TV.:cool:

    Michael
     
  8. Undecided macrumors 6502a

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    It's very odd that didn't work for you. Comments on the Apple mini-DVI to VGA adapter page confirm it works with the latest mini. And I've done this very setup myself, on a Macbook. Oh, well - I'm glad you were able come up with a solution that works.
     

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