Another Apple TV Composite Video Hack

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Just started using my Apple TV again after months of it sitting in a drawer. I read over at Appletvhacks.net on how to get color display from composite video out on a non-HD display, but stumbled on a slightly different solution while doing this. From the Appletvhacks.net site, their solution says:

Here’s what he did:

  • Plug your composite-yellow in the green “slot” (this will give you an image, but BW)
  • head over to resolution and set it to 480i (not sure if this step is needed tho)
  • now STAND on 480p and unplug the composite-yellow, plug an HDMI-DVI adapter
  • press “ok” on the remote and count to 5
  • unplug the HDMI-DVI adapter and replug the composite-yellow, when the image comes back, it comes back full color!

What I did cuts out the 5 second remote trick and requires one other device many people probably already have in their bag – the Apple DVI-video out cable. I hooked mine up to the HDMI-DVI adapter as show here:

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Then I did the following:

  • Plug your composite-yellow in the green “slot” (this will give you an image, but BW)
  • head over to resolution and set it to 480i
  • plugged in the HDMI-DVI-Apple VIdeo Out cable
  • unplug the composite-yellow plug and plug it into the Apple Video composite port, wait about 5 seconds
  • unplug the composite-yellow plug from the Apple Video composite port and replug the composite-yellow, when the image comes back, it comes back full color!

Don’t know why this works this way, but it has worked great for me! As noted on the Appletvhacks.net site, you can also use the software solution found here.