How do I get my new 13" MBP to work with my old analog TV? Please recommend a VGA converter and the cable needed for this.

I know I need an active VGA converter, but is there one that Apple recommends?

Mini DisplayPort to DVI Adapter

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  • I am not sure that APPLE has a recommended active VGA adapter. What kind of inputs does your "old analog TV" have? In the single case where a TV has a COMPONENT input (three RCA jacks that are red, green and blue) AND the TV supports a PROGRESSIVE (Google this if you need details) video signal input (such as from a 480p PROGRESSIVE output from a DVD player), a VGA to COMPONENT adapter cable should work. That would probably provide best video quality.

    Be careful though, if it only has INTERLACED input support (480i), even though it has the red, green blue connectors, the cable itself won't work and you still need to get the active adapter. It's about $50.

    Unless the older TV is large or really good quality, you may want to spend a little more and get an LCD TV/ monitor. The price is pretty low these days.

    One last hint: if you are trying to watch iTunes videos, the COMPOSITE (analog) output from any iPOD doc or cable works very good on an "old analog TV".

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