Advice Please on HDMI/DVI cables

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  1. Steviemacca

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    Hi

    Have searched loads of places for a definitive answer to this. Hoping someone can help. I want to connect my pc which has a dvi slot to my tv which has a hdmi slot. Is this possible or can it only work the other way round.

    Also am I correct in assuming dvi produces better picture quality than a vga connector?

    Thanks for your help.

    Steviemacca
     
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    A dvi slot as you call it is no one thing. It can be either DVI-A (rare), DVI-D (probably not) or DVI-I (most common). You can find the differences on the FAQ at the top of this forum.

    HDMI is a digital connection. So is DVI-D. DVI-D and HDMI can be connected with a simple DVI-D<->HDMI converter or cable. It is not directional (it works either way around), however an HDMI source may not work with a DVI display. This is due to HDCP encryption nothing to worry about in the PC world until MS Vista arrives.

    DVI-I however is basically both DVI-A and DVI-D. So a DVI-D cable can be plugged into a DVI-I socket, but a DVI-I cable cannot be plugged into a DVI-D socket.

    So, if the DVI 'slot' on your PC is either DVI-I or DVI-D, then you should beable to connect your PC to the HDMI socket on the TV using a simple DVI-D<->HDMI cable or adaptor.

    Whether you get a picture is another matter...

    -Ian
     

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