03-03-2010, 08:26 PM
Originally Posted by NyoGoat
This is perfect, I was just thinking of posting to ask this question. I have a 3.06 2009 21.5 in iMac, the upgraded model. I need to connect to S-Video or component. I asked at the university bookstore and they told me that apple doesn't make a cable for that connection. Any ideas where I can find one?
First off, with the mini displayport and the mini-DVI port beginning in late 2008 and early 2009, analog is not so easy any longer.
1A. Early 2009 mini-DVI port to composite or S-Video
Beginning with these models, the mini-DVI to video cable that Apple has been selling will no longer work.
You'll need a converter now in order to use these connections.
First you'll need a mini-DVI to VGA adapter - Apple
Then you'll need one of the converters listed in # 2 below.
1B. For every mini displayport to analog connection, you must have:
A mini displayport to VGA adapter. You can grab Apple's
or save some money and pick it up from monoprice
(If you get the Apple adapter, first time you plug it in while connected to the TV, you should run 'Software Update'. Apple released an update for this adapter a few months ago, and I do not know if all the current ones have the new firmware or not.)
Add a VGA cable and you're good to go with any monitor or TV with a VGA
For S-Video or composite connection, continue on to section 2.
2. For composite and S-video
, you'll need a converter along with the above adapters. A simple adapter will not work. You must have a converter.
These were all around $100 when first released. But, have I got a deal for you.
At under $30, head over to monoprice
For those that prefer Amazon, the currently best reviewed one is here
Both of these are powered by USB. I believe both models have a composite cable and the monoprice model includes an S-Video cable.
use an adapter, such as one of these
, instead of a converter. An adapter and a converter are two different items.
See Post # 15 below
Just to complete this post for future readers, those interested in a component connection
, you will also need a converter. You're not going to get away with $30 though. Don't even bother looking at all those VGA to component cables out there... they will not work on your Mac... nor on most any computer for that matter. I have seen some cheapie converters recently as low as $80, but typically they have been priced in the $150-$250 range.
Most folks using these older connections already know what they need. But for those few that are new to the whole concept of connecting your computer to a TV, typically you will need what's called a stereo mini-plug (aka 3.5 mm stereo plug) to RCA cable similar to this one
. The small single end plugs into your Mac and the red and white ends will plug into the TV next to the video port you are using.