Will USB to RCA work with this?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by samca, Jan 30, 2012.

  1. samca macrumors newbie


    Jan 30, 2012
    Hi there. I was reading another thread trying to figure out a way to get my computer to display on this old TV. I'm trying to spend as little money as possible remedying this, and I saw something that nobody mentioned (probably because it obviously wouldn't work). I'm not very savvy, so I'm sorry if this is a silly question.
    I'm trying to hook up my brand new MacBook Pro to a 80s/90s TV in my dorm's lobby. The outputs my computer has are Firewire, USB, & Thunderbolt (mini HDMI). The only input on this super-old TV is RCA.
    So... I was wondering if this USB-to-RCA cable might work.


    would it?
  2. Intell macrumors P6


    Jan 24, 2010
    That will not work. The only way for you to get images onto your TV is to buy a converter box. Because your Mac cannot output RCA without one.
  3. samca, Jan 30, 2012
    Last edited: Jan 30, 2012

    samca thread starter macrumors newbie


    Jan 30, 2012
    Thank you very much! I've now purchased the necessary components. I apparently have some learning to do about electronics though...
  4. squeakr macrumors 68000


    Apr 22, 2010
    Cut and pasted directly from the product description, so no is the answer:

    THIS CABLE WILL NOT WORK FOR CONNECTING A COMPUTER TO A TV. You cannot get an image signal through a USB port that way. This cable is not transferring data or files, it is only for viewing images on RCA-equipped camcorders.

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