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Old August 26th, 2009, 09:37 PM   #1
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Has anyone tried running the HDMI out to a computer monitor using a HDMI to DVI converter? Any gotchas that I need to know about?
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Old August 27th, 2009, 10:45 AM   #2
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I haven't tried this specifically, although I can later today.

The thing is, the HDMI specification includes a copy protection scheme. Although the HDMI output from the V1 is not copy protected, it does check to see if downstream devices (eg. your monitor) support the HDCP spec. This is part of the V1's compliance with HDCP.

If a downstream device does not support HDCP, the V1's output will automatically downgrade to standard def.

So, the question becomes does the DVI input on your Dell monitor support HDCP? Some do, some don't. Perhaps there is a specification for the monitor you can check.

BTW, the HDMI/DVI adaptor also needs to support HDCP. Most recent adaptors and cables do.
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Old August 27th, 2009, 01:02 PM   #3
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I've run the HDV out to my 20" Acer widescreen monitor using a 20 foot HDMI lead and an HDMI-DVI convertor.

Worked fine, no problems. Only thing was, the monitor is 16:10 and the V1 is 16:9 HDV, so the shape was a bit off.
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I've got the Dell 2407 which doesn't play nice with the FX7/V1u according to some old threads I found here. Darn.
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