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Zinc, the Entertainment Unit

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Firefox Eats Cara's TV

Firefox Eats Cara's TV

Way back at the beginning of this month, I sent away to Apple to order a DVI-I to S-Video / RCA connector. The total cost was $35 after shipping and tax, so it was well worth it as now I’ve gotten yet more value out of the Mac Mini.

The circa 1980’s television set can now play all of the media that is on the network, on the internet or on whatever other storage you can plug into Zinc, the Mac Mini.


DVI-I to S-Video and RFA

DVI-I to S-Video and RCA

Technical Stuff about DVI Connectors

When looking for a DVI to RCA video connector, the wrong thing to do is to go to a big computer shop. These places will turn you away and tell you the part doesn’t exist. Heck, even the hobby shops failed to provide it or give any useful information. And you know– they’re half right. There’s no such thing as a DVI-D to RCA connector, because the former is a digital signal, and the latter is an analogue signal. The DVI-I is port is offers a combined digital and analogue signal, that’s how it can be converted out to such a large variety of display devices. It’s one of the selling points that Apple discusses about its laptops and other machines.

Buy it or not…

If you purchased a computer with a DVI-D output, you won’t be able to use Apple’s connector– so don’t try, you’ll waste your money and be frustrated– however, if you have a machine with DVI-I output, then this thing will work for you too even though big and small shops alike will tell you the connector doesn’t exist.


Simply Charming

I also got two charming flotation device / pillow / toys packaged with the connector!

Conclusion: I’m happy šŸ˜€

Eddie Ma

July 12th, 2009 at 4:25 pm

Matt says...

I like the firefox on tv. Also the flotation pillow toy.

Eddie Ma says...

Yes, I also like these things… I likes thems alots… I probably could have taken a more informative photo instead of Firefox, but I’m tired now.

Eddie Ma says...

Bah! Everything up in the post that says “RFA” should be “RCA”.