ADB cable as S-Video cable...

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Am I the only one that didn't know you can use an old ADB cable as an S-Video cable?

I'm not sure what the difference in quality will be, but that'll save me some cash!

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Guess so . . .

Hey,

Who can keep up with this stuff? Nobody knows everything. Be interested in the quality. Let us know . . .

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it works fine there basica

it works fine

there basically he same thing (mini dun plug 4 wires)

so yeah have fun

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last time I used one

it was reeeaaallllyyyyy horrible quality. It made a "color" snow on the 32" tv I had from either my iBook, or my standalone DVD player. I have used about 4 different ADB Cables. I would suggest if you are going to do a home theater, spend the $10 and get an S-Video Cable, or if you are in a fix, or want to go for the novelty, use the ADB

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i have tried this before and

i have tried this before and i compared the two... wasnt much of a difference on the 36" hd tv i used it on.could have been a better quality adb cable though, i dont know.

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it works fine!!!

Using an adb cable as an s-video cable works fine! I use one to hook up my dvd player to my 27" tv.

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wow

i have never noticed that before... its amazing what is the same as far as cables go.... i mean, how many different combinations can there be?

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Re: it works fine!!!

gobabushka wrote:

Using an adb cable as an s-video cable works fine! I use one to hook up my dvd player to my 27" tv.

Will it go the other way as well? Will an S-video cable work in place of an ADB cable? I know i've got several 6' S-video cables lying around (came with assorted video cards), and it'd be nice to be able to use one to extend the keyboard/mouse reach.

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Re: it works fine!!!

Using an ADB cable in lieu of an S-Video cable is an old-school trick. It dates back to the late 80's, when JVC introduced Super VHS (SVHS) and S-Video.

davintosh wrote:

Will it go the other way as well? Will an S-video cable work in place of an ADB cable? I know i've got several 6' S-video cables lying around (came with assorted video cards), and it'd be nice to be able to use one to extend the keyboard/mouse reach.

Yes. Both ADB and S-Video cables use 4 pins, and are interchangeable. Keep in mind that some S-Video cables are of higher quality than ADB cables, so if you use an ADB cable for S-Video, the signal may not be as good as if you used a proper S-Video cable.

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Curly vs straight

Would using a curly one pick up more interference?

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same quality

I use an ADB cable to hook my TiBook to a TV and it works fine, and the quality is not different than a $7 S-Video cable that I have.

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Just make sure you don't plug

Just make sure you don't plug the old mac into the TV Smile

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The only difference between a

The only difference between an ADB cable and an SVideo cable is that the ground pin and the shell are connected together on the ADB cable, and the ground pin on an SVIDEO cable is not connected to the shell. The only problem this causes is some devices don't detect the cable being plugged in and won't switch to it.

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