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Old April 21st, 2009, 12:19 PM   #1
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HDTV to a VGA monitor?

I should know this. I really really should know. But, alas, I don't.

Q: Can you a run an HDTV output to a widescreen VGA computer monitor with an appropriate lead?


And yes, I am aware (so please don't say it) I really should know that!

p.s. I live deep in PAL country.

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Old April 22nd, 2009, 07:42 AM   #2
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So... non-one else knows?
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Old April 22nd, 2009, 12:35 PM   #3
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OK, I googled it.

Can't be done without spending money on a little converter. Cheaper to buy a dedicated monitor. As I happens I've just been at a cafe where I noticed that the surveillance camera monitor (70% of the CCTV systems in the world are in the UK!) was a cheap PC monitor. Looking 'round the back (which was probably a suspicious thing to do) I could see a little conversion box taped up there...
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Old April 23rd, 2009, 10:36 AM   #4
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Hi Karel,

Sorry for not noticing your question earlier.

As you found out, it is not able to be done directly. One good reason for this is that HDMI cable (used for HDTV) signals are digital, whereas the signals along a VGA connection cable are analogue.

(Trust you appreciate my Queens English)

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Old April 25th, 2009, 07:44 AM   #5
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Ah, a chap from the colonies!

I think we're at cross purposes. The output on the device in question (I'll own up - it's an X-Box) has a set of HD-Component outputs (Red, Green, and Blue) which will link to most HDTVs. It's a shame you can't use the same connections somehow for a PC - though the monitor sizes you could have done it with would no doubt be limited. It would have been very handy!
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Old April 27th, 2009, 01:39 AM   #6
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Ahh. Yes, well it was a good thought that you had in mind. Straight to the dedicated HDMI connected monitor if you wish.

In the meantime, we'll continue to show the Mother Country how cricket *should* be played. :-)
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