HDMI to VGA

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by Lucky736, Jul 12, 2011.

  1. Lucky736 macrumors 6502a

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    I have a PC Laptop...... quick question to those who may have done this. I need an extra monitor to be attached to it. The VGA port is in use already. I would like the HDMI to power another VGA monitor, the monitor has already been purchased. Can I just buy an HDMI to VGA cable? I don't believe this is the case but everything I read is for people wanting to go VGA TO HDMI not HDMI to VGA.

    Any help would be greatly appreciated. Using the best USB to VGA adapter I could find and the performance is sluggish at best.

    Mods feel free to move this to a better category if you see fit.
     
  2. CD4287 macrumors newbie

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    Don't know about HDMI to VGA, but there is HDMI to DVI. Could you use that?
     
  3. talmy macrumors 601

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    You might want to connect the HDMI to a TV (and the VGA to a monitor) first to see if your graphics card will even support three (including the laptop) monitors simultaneously.
     
  4. interrobang macrumors 6502

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    AFAIK, HDMI carries only a digital signal. It will work with monitors that can take a digital signal (DVI-D) but not those that only have analog (DVI-A or VGA)
     
  5. Lucky736 thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    This is what I thought and fear.
     
  6. Lucky736 thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    I do have the ability to do this so I am definitely going to try this. Thank You. I am fairly certain it does however no reason not to verify. :)
     
  7. Lucky736 thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Amazing monitor but just a VGA oddly enough.
     
  8. And1ss macrumors 6502a

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    Go from hdmi to dvi and then use a dvi to vga adapter.
     
  9. Fuith macrumors member

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    HDMI only carries a digital signal, VGA only carries an analogue signal and DVI will both but will not convert between the two. So you can go VGA to DVI or HDMI to DVI but not VGA to DVI to HDMI.
     
  10. Big-TDI-Guy macrumors 68030

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    There ARE boxes that go DVI / HDMI to VGA - however they're not cheap cables, as the signal must be converted.

    Also be aware that it will increase display latency slightly - so if you plan on doing anything requiring feedback to you, it might degrade performance a bit. (gaming, drawing, ect...)

    Check Amazon - they had those boxes last time I looked.
     
  11. Fuith macrumors member

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    Sorry, should have specified. You can go VGA to DVI to HDMI but you'd need something to convert the analogue signal to digital, i.e. an A/D conversion box.
     

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