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    Sep 10, 2006
    Macbook to TV
    Is there a way to connect my macbook to a TV via S-video or component cables? Also if i do s-video wat do i use to connect the audio? I just need a larger screen for when i show movies to alot of ppl in my dorm room

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    Member Since
    Mar 20, 2006
    Petaluma, CA
    20" iMac 2.0 GHz Intel Core Duo, 12" iBook G4 1.07 GHz
    You need the Apple Mini-DVI > Video adapter. You can either use a composite video cable or an s-video cable. It doesn't seem that it supports audio.

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    Sep 22, 2006
    Upstate NY
    Macbook Pro 2.16 Ghz C2D, 2 Gigs RAM and Macbook 2 Ghz CD 1 Gig RAM
    There is no way to get audio out of the DVI output. You would need to run the audio from the seperate 3.5 mm audio output on the macbook. You can get an adapter that converts the headphone jack to component audio output, then you can run that to any type of component audio input, such those ordinarily found on the back of TV sets or home theater receivers. The adapters are cheap.

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    I tried with the s video and the pictures were not sharp--I wasn't showing movies, but photos. Need a new suggestion.

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    Jul 22, 2003
    Hamilton College
    20" iMac C2D 2.16ghz, 13" MacBook 2.0ghz, 60gb iPod vid, 1gb nano
    unless your TV supports DVI input there aren't any other ways to connect it. Regular televisions can't handle the resolution of computers so they can't display it with the same resolution/sharpness.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mirsky
    I tried with the s video and the pictures were not sharp--I wasn't showing movies, but photos. Need a new suggestion.
    Television isn't exactly known for it's sharp resolutions...

    Make sure you go to System Preferences and lower the resolution to a more suitable one for your television. Is your TV High Definition?

    When I plug my mac mini into a TV it figures it out quite well, I have standard from-a-DVD quality when playing movies. If you have blur that is more likely due to your TV than the output of the macbook, unless you are running a really high resolution and it just doesn't know what to do with all the information being spit out of the S-Video it looks blurry.

    Try this: Turn off the macbook pro. Turn on the TV and set it to the S-Video IN port channel. Plug in the S-Video + DVI adaptor. Turn on the MacBook Pro. see how the resolution is when you boot up clean and it detects the SVIDEO resolution.

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