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#1 User is offline   The_Gibbon 

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Posted 16 February 2008 - 12:06 PM

Help,


I want to connect my G5 (Intel) Imac to my Phillips HDTV (Has HDMI ports)



There are so many different cables to get and i'm unsure as to what exactly i need.



Can anyone tell me what cables i need and any specific software and where i might buy them? (UK Resident)



Thanks in advance
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Posted 16 February 2008 - 01:15 PM

The_Gibbon said:

Help,





I want to connect my G4 (Intel) Imac to my Phillips HDTV (Has HDMI ports)



There are so many different cables to get and i'm unsure as to what exactly i need.



Can anyone tell me what cables i need and any specific software and where i might buy them? (UK Resident)



Thanks in advance



You would need the VGA adapter (from mini VGA to VGA) and then a VGA to DVI cable or adaptor and then a DVI to HDMI cable. I don't believe there are any VGA to HDMI cables. I believe that should work.
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Posted 16 February 2008 - 08:57 PM

Hi
Video: http://www.newegg.co...N82E16812186012
Audio: http://www.newegg.co...N82E16812337011

You can certainly look for something similar locally. The audio cable is commonly called a "Y" cable since it goes from one plug to two. Ferrites ( those cylinder looking things on the ends of the cable ) are highly recommended for the video cable because they reduce interference.

P.S. Max...You're thinking too hard. :)
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Posted 17 February 2008 - 08:30 AM

MacCheetah3 said:

Hi
Video: www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16812186012
Audio: [http://www.newegg.co...82E16812337011]

You can certainly look for something similar locally. The audio cable is commonly called a "Y" cable since it goes from one plug to two. Ferrites ( those cylinder looking things on the ends of the cable ) are highly recommended for the video cable because they reduce interference.

P.S. Max...You're thinking too hard. :)


Maybe...it does happen...and it usually hurts too! ;)



But...don't the G4 iMacs only come with a mini-VGA out? And I believe the only adapter that Apple makes is a mini-VGA to VGA adapter (I could be wrong)? If so, then you still need to go from a VGA to HDMI...and I could not find any VGA to HDMI cables on NewEgg (I admit that I did not look too terribly hard). If so, then you would need to go from VGA to DVI to HDMI...that is unless you want to go to component or S-video or if the TV has a DVI input (not too likely).
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Posted 17 February 2008 - 09:50 AM

HI
Oh dear!..You're correct. It was me who didn't think enough. I sincerely apologize. I was thinking Mac mini.

I can fix this... :) My list and your link to Apple's mini-VGA to VGA adapter plus something like...

? http://www.datapro.n...-convertor.html

Unfortunately, the VGA to DVI converters are not what I'd consider cheap. You should check to see if your HDTV has a VGA port as to eliminate the VGA to DVI cost.
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Posted 17 February 2008 - 12:34 PM

MacCheetah3 said:

HI
Oh dear!..You're correct. It was me who didn't think enough. I sincerely apologize. I was thinking Mac mini.

I can fix this... :) My list and your link to Apple's mini-VGA to VGA adapter plus something like...

www.datapro.net/products/vga-to-dvi-d-analog-digital-convertor.html

Unfortunately, the VGA to DVI converters are not what I'd consider cheap. You should check to see if your HDTV has a VGA port as to eliminate the VGA to DVI cost.

Quite alright...I was not 100% sure if I had it right on point or not...or if there were other ways that I was missing (like if there might have been an mini-VGA to DVI adapter that either Apple or some third party sold).



Besides, I understand the desire to not want to think too hard as it has the tendency to hurt and cause the smoke detector to go off (for me at least)! ;) Not to mention, it is the weekend...weekends are meant to be for "brain energy conservation mode"! Kind of like when you are running your laptop on batteries and the OS "downcycles" the processor to save power! :^0
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Posted 19 February 2008 - 12:11 PM

i don't seem to to have a mini vga on my mac i have a 'mini-DVI'

but i can't seem to find a 'mini-DVI to DVI adaptor' that fits with a 'DVI to HDMI cable' they both seem to have the same DVIjack and don't fit together.
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Posted 19 February 2008 - 01:10 PM

Hi
OK...Let's make sure we're talking about the same Mac...

a?? Apple Knowledge Base Article #301724 - How to identify your iMac

I noticed that you mentioned both Intel and G4 in your original post and that's how I initially got confused ( lack of reading all but just spotting words. :) ). G3, G4, and G5 are PowerPC processors made by Motorola / IBM. Intel processors include the Core Solo, Core Duo, Core 2 Duo, Core 2 Extreme, and Xeon.
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Posted 19 February 2008 - 03:01 PM

MacCheetah3 said:

Hi
OK...Let's make sure we're talking about the same Mac...

âA?¢ Apple Knowledge Base Article #301724 - How to identify your iMac

I noticed that you mentioned both Intel and G4 in your original post and that's how I initially got confused ( lack of reading all but just spotting words. :) ). G3, G4, and G5 are PowerPC processors made by Motorola / IBM. Intel processors include the Core Solo, Core Duo, Core 2 Duo, Core 2 Extreme, and Xeon.


The G4 iMac is what led me to the mini-VGA to VGA adapter. According to the specs for ALL versions of the G4 iMacs, they all had mini-VGA ports...and I am not aware of a mini-VGA to DVI adapter. To my knowledge, Apple did not go to a mini-DVI port until the first Intel iMacs.
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Posted 24 February 2008 - 11:13 AM

sorry my bad

is def intel and g5 (Not 4 sorry)

but the link that you provided must be for yanks only cause there is no emc number on the bottom of my mac.

Positive it is a G5 Intel core 2 duo late '06 isight ..... yadda yadda

and def mini dvi i don't.
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Posted 24 February 2008 - 12:56 PM

Hi
OK...If you have mini-DVI...
!http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/4/4f/Kobushi-mini-dvi.jpg/800px-Kobushi-mini-dvi.jpg|thumbnail=true!
...And not a mini-VGA...
!http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/2/2b/Mini-VGA.jpg/800px-Mini-VGA.jpg|thumbnail=true!
...Than you need...

? Video: mini-DVI to DVI & http://www.newegg.co...N82E16812186012
? Audio: http://www.newegg.co...N82E16812337011

You can certainly look for something similar locally. The audio cable is commonly called a "Y" cable since it goes from one plug to two. Ferrites ( those cylinder looking things on the ends of the cable ) are highly recommended for the video cable because they reduce interference.

When purchasing a DVI to HDMI cable, make sure it has a DVI-D connector...
!http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/f/fb/DVIConnectorTypes.svg/277px-DVIConnectorTypes.svg.png|thumbnail=true!
...The cable I linked to does.
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