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    Best way to connect MacBook to old Plasma Monitor? No hdmi, vga, dvi, just component.

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    Best way to connect MacBook to old Plasma Monitor? No hdmi, vga, dvi, just component.
    I have a MacBook with mini-dvi and a 40 some odd inch plasma monitor (long story.) this monitor doesn't have hdmi, vga, dvi, just component red white yellow, as well as red green blue. it is a 1080i monitor. i've been connecting my macbook to it via apple's "Mini-dvi To Video Adapter." this works however its annoying and not the best quality. what can i do to get the best picture?

    i tried going to system preferences and then to display and playing with the external monitor's resolution and get these options:



    and



    any ideas?

    thanks.

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    Best way to connect MacBook to old Plasma Monitor? No hdmi, vga, dvi, just component.

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    any ideas?

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    Best way to connect MacBook to old Plasma Monitor? No hdmi, vga, dvi, just component.
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    Increase your monitor Hertz from 60 to 75. I've found 60 Hertz to be pretty tough on the eyes and not very good quality.

    Other than that, not much that I know of.

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    If you're going to continue using the yellow connection for video, not much more to try beside trying to adjust the frequency as MacDude suggested above.

    The S-Video provided on that Apple video adapter would give you a little bit better picture than the composite connection, but not much.

    What you're basically doing by using composite is similar to watching one of those youtube videos on your computer that are 280 or 320 and blowing it up full screen - pretty yucky.

    Been a few years since I had one of those TVs.

    That single yellow plug you're using for the video is called a composite connection.
    The maximum it will input into the TV is 480i. Don't care what it says in Displays preferences. The port on the TV is only reading 640x480. The red and white are the audio connections only.

    Best way to do it, would be to use component. That's the red/green/blue connections. But to do that, you're going to need a converter - not an adapter. All those VGA or DVI to component adapters you can find all over the place for less than $10 only worked on a few older ATI video cards - primarily the All-in-Wonder cards. They will not work on anything else. Once again, you need a converter. You'll still use the red/white for audio.

    The component connection will handle 720p and 1080i.

    You'll need:
    mini-DVI to VGA adapter to plug into the Mac
    a VGA cable from there to the converter
    a VGA to component converter box - something like this - link
    then connect the component cable that comes with that converter to the TV.

    That particular box gives the specs of the VGA resolutions it will accept and says it will output 480p, 720p or 1080i. The few reviews sound like it's a decent box for it's $30 price tag.

    Although a little hard to find, this type of converter should range in price from that $30 to maybe $70.

    Harder to find, and don't think I would go there, is a DVI to component converter. These typically allow higher resolution inputs into the converter, meaning you should get a better output, but you're not going to find one for less than $150-$180.

    I did use one of these quite a few years ago, and the picture was substantially better than composite or S-Video - ymmv.
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    Best way to connect MacBook to old Plasma Monitor? No hdmi, vga, dvi, just component.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bobtomay View Post
    If you're going to continue using the yellow connection for video, not much more to try beside trying to adjust the frequency as MacDude suggested above.

    The S-Video provided on that Apple video adapter would give you a little bit better picture than the composite connection, but not much.

    What you're basically doing by using composite is similar to watching one of those youtube videos on your computer that are 280 or 320 and blowing it up full screen - pretty yucky.

    Been a few years since I had one of those TVs.

    That single yellow plug you're using for the video is called a composite connection.
    The maximum it will input into the TV is 480i. Don't care what it says in Displays preferences. The port on the TV is only reading 640x480. The red and white are the audio connections only.

    Best way to do it, would be to use component. That's the red/green/blue connections. But to do that, you're going to need a converter - not an adapter. All those VGA or DVI to component adapters you can find all over the place for less than $10 only worked on a few older ATI video cards - primarily the All-in-Wonder cards. They will not work on anything else. Once again, you need a converter. You'll still use the red/white for audio.

    The component connection will handle 720p and 1080i.

    You'll need:
    mini-DVI to VGA adapter to plug into the Mac
    a VGA cable from there to the converter
    a VGA to component converter box - something like this - link
    then connect the component cable that comes with that converter to the TV.

    That particular box gives the specs of the VGA resolutions it will accept and says it will output 480p, 720p or 1080i. The few reviews sound like it's a decent box for it's $30 price tag.

    Although a little hard to find, this type of converter should range in price from that $30 to maybe $70.

    Harder to find, and don't think I would go there, is a DVI to component converter. These typically allow higher resolution inputs into the converter, meaning you should get a better output, but you're not going to find one for less than $150-$180.

    I did use one of these quite a few years ago, and the picture was substantially better than composite or S-Video - ymmv.
    what an amazing reply! thanks man, this is exactly the answer i've been looking for. i am going to look into this and report back. thanks!

    since you seem knowledgeable in macs, would you mind seeing if you can help me with this rather new, but slightly unrelated issue, here is my post:

    Movies/Videos LAGS, GLITCHES, and is CHOPPY!!

    thanks again!

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    Best way to connect MacBook to old Plasma Monitor? No hdmi, vga, dvi, just component.

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    so would something like this:

    Amazon.com: VGA to RCA Component RGB Cable - 1.8M - M/M: Electronics

    or even this

    Amazon.com: ATI DVI (M) to Component (RGB) HDTV Adapter for Video Cards - 6140016400G: Electronics

    work? or do i most definitely need a converter like the link you provided.

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    Quote Originally Posted by smssoleimani View Post
    so would something like this:

    Amazon.com: VGA to RCA Component RGB Cable - 1.8M - M/M: Electronics

    or even this

    Amazon.com: ATI DVI (M) to Component (RGB) HDTV Adapter for Video Cards - 6140016400G: Electronics

    work? or do i most definitely need a converter like the link you provided.
    Both of those fall into the:

    Quote Originally Posted by bobtomay View Post
    ... All those VGA or DVI to component adapters you can find all over the place for less than $10 only worked on a few older ATI video cards - primarily the All-in-Wonder cards. They will not work on anything else. ...
    category.

    You'll notice that one of them is even called an "ATI DVI" adapter. That's because ATI built RGB output into their All-in-Wonder video cards. Those were cards that were combo graphics and over-the-air TV signal/capture cards. They made these from the late 90s up until a few years ago. Not really sure, haven't kept up with them the last few years.

    Bottom line: They will not work - end of story.
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    ah okay i see. i am surrently bidding on the video converter you suggested on ebay.

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