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Old 11-25-2011, 09:22 PM
Status: "RURAL, the new code for WHITE" (set 5 days ago)
 
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After a serach and following the directions(?) we still do not have a picture on the HDTV.

We have a VGA --> HDMI plug.
We plugged the VGA into the PC and HDMI to the TV at HDMI #2
Switched TV input to HDMI 2
No picture?
Went to the computer control panel and pulled up the NVDIA controls prior to connecting HDTV.
Cannot switch to another monitor
Has box checked to recognize TV monitor upon start up (it is ghosted out)
We cannot get the tV set up wizard to show on the display menu?

Are we doing something wrong?
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Old 11-25-2011, 10:11 PM
 
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I've never seen a VGA to HDMI adapter. I was under the impression that HDMI was digital-only while VGA was analog-only. Does your computer have a DVI output? That can be adapted to HDMI but it won't have audio with it. Does the TV have a VGA input? That would definitely work, but again without audio.
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Old 11-25-2011, 11:59 PM
 
Location: Silicon Valley
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I've never seen a VGA to HDMI adapter.
There are converters that sell for $70 on up, such as this one:

http://www.amazon.com/Aluratek-AVH10.../dp/B002FJLEP4

The converter has to sync to the analog video, digitize it, and generate a digital data stream to transmit over HDMI.

I suspect the OP has a cable that just connects a DB-15 to an HDMI connector, which is absolutely useless 99.9999% of the time. Supposedly there are some rare devices which use an HDMI port to accept analog video input, which is very non-standard, but I've never seen or found one.

OP's video card must be ancient not to have DVI or HDMI outputs.
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Old 11-26-2011, 07:07 AM
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The PC has that 15 pin connector. The PC is just a year old, but probably not high end? The NVDIA control panel suggested it should make the connection, but may be not?

We have been thinking about a new PC, so this might be a great reason to pick one up..

Can we just swap the video card for a digital signal? We were going to use the PC audio.

THANKS!!
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Old 11-26-2011, 07:09 AM
 
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I think I would spend the cash on a new video card with an HDMI output rather than messing with adapters.
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Old 11-26-2011, 08:58 AM
 
Location: Jacksonville, FL
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Assuming at a year old that it has PCI-x slot for the video card, here's one that has true hdmi output and only runs about $60. Assuming that you're not planning on playing any intensive games on the computer, and are more interested in watching movies, etc. this one should work just fine.

CompUSA.com | 6450PE31G | Diamond Radeon HD 6450 1GB GDDR3 PCIe Video Card

Note: if you plan on playing games, you'll need to bump your price point up a bit, as you won't get a truly good gaming card for under $125.
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Old 11-26-2011, 10:22 AM
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Assuming at a year old that it has PCI-x slot for the video card, here's one that has true hdmi output and only runs about $60. Assuming that you're not planning on playing any intensive games on the computer, and are more interested in watching movies, etc. this one should work just fine.

CompUSA.com | 6450PE31G | Diamond Radeon HD 6450 1GB GDDR3 PCIe Video Card

Note: if you plan on playing games, you'll need to bump your price point up a bit, as you won't get a truly good gaming card for under $125.

We are not doing any gaming, just wanting to try to eliminate the cable TV bill and watch some shows via the internet. We found a ASUS EAH5450 SILENT/DI/512MD3(LP) Radeon HD 5450 Video Card, 512MB 64-bit DDR3 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Low Profile card on MERITLINE for $39 with a $20 mail in rebate.

We appreciate all the great advice!!
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Old 11-26-2011, 01:36 PM
 
Location: Jacksonville, FL
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We are not doing any gaming, just wanting to try to eliminate the cable TV bill and watch some shows via the internet. We found a ASUS EAH5450 SILENT/DI/512MD3(LP) Radeon HD 5450 Video Card, 512MB 64-bit DDR3 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Low Profile card on MERITLINE for $39 with a $20 mail in rebate.

We appreciate all the great advice!!
Good price on that card, I'd go for it.
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