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Discussion in 'Desktop & Laptop Computers Forum' started by Lexeus, Aug 15, 2005.

  1. Lexeus

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    hi,

    I just bought a Sony HS10 projector about a week ago and should be getting a sff pc to use with it tomorrow.
    now I have a 9800Se AIW which has a DVI output on it so I want to get a DVI cable to use with this to connect to the DVI input on the projector.

    Now I believe its a DVI-D dual link cable i want. I have been looking about and i am on a pretty tight budget so i dont want an outrageous bettercables one or anything, but what do you think of this?:

    http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/5m-DVI-cable-...799035735QQcategoryZ41999QQrdZ1QQcmdZViewItem

    http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&category=41999&item=6783997790

    Now it says it will work with both DVI-I and DVI-D sockets, but I was under the impression that a DVI-D dual link cable had more pins than a DVI-I and therefore it wouldnt fit the socket?

    and to finish, is this too cheap to be true ? or would it do the job...?

    http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/4-5M-DVI-D-DU...799214135QQcategoryZ67859QQrdZ1QQcmdZViewItem

    really appreciate any advice!

    thanks :)
     
  2. meansizzler

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    as I believe it thereare Five type of DVI Cables

    DVI-D Single Link
    DVI-D Dual Link
    DVI-I single Link
    DVI-I Dual Link
    DVD-A

    As I understand it you only Need DVI-Dual link when you need to get an image with a resolution higher than 1280*1024, but both your display and Graphics card must support this, Unfortunately the radeon 9800 only does single link DVI, so you better off just getting a DVI-D Single Link cable, that will do the job..

    This Cable should do the Job...
     
  3. Lexeus

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    My 9800Se AIW has all 24 pins rather than the 18pins for single link, and I would want higher than 1280x1024 as my Sony Hs10 is something like 1366x1060


    Any more views on this please ?

    thanks :)

    edit: oh, and I need a cable minimum of about 5m so that one would be a bit short :rolleyes:
     
  4. Cable Monkey

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    With the sort of resolutions a graphics card is capable of, why would you limit the abilities of the DVI connection by making it single link only? Both my DVI cables are fully wired (a Belkin for my Plasma and a non branded lead on my pc) and the type of connection on the kit sorts itself out. I would go with the E-bay listed cable and try it. You can always upgrade later.
     
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    Hello all

    Lexeus - what is 'outrageous' about the BetterCables Display Magic cables? If you meant the price is outrageous then please indicate a range of cables that match the BetterCables performance for less money :)

    Dual Link DVI is only of use in CAD applications and the like where you have a Dual Link Graphics Card and Dual Link Display - Hands up anyone on AVForums who has a Dual Link Display!

    If you want a relatively low cost 5m DVI cable then Molex is an excellent choice - though keep in mind you would not be the first HS10 owner who had problems with even moderate length Digital cables.

    Your Sony Projector has 1366x768 pixels so setting your PC to anything 'higher' is unlikely to result in optimal performance.

    Best regards

    Joe
     
  7. Lexeus

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    So the £9 ebay one would be ok right ?

    If i can find another?
     
  8. Joe Fernand

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    Lexeus

    There is no way of knowing if these cables will work in your system and if they work will they cause any signal drop out or degradation.

    The only way to know is to plug one in and see what you get on-screen.

    Best regards

    Joe
     
  9. Lexeus

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    ok, thanks for your adivce :) think i may try getting one

    You say people with HS10's have had probs ? Do you mean picture degredation ? 4.5m isn't that ling is it ?
     
  10. Gordon @ Convergent AV

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    Lex: DVI was designed to go from a PC to a monitor 1-2m away. Anything at higher than XGA res going more than 2-3m needs to be checked in situ with partnering equipment at res you want to use. It's not unheard of for cables to work when tested across a floor then for the image to get sparklies when run in a loft near a lighting cable.....cheap cable, poor screening, poor connectors and conductors.....If you can get money back on your ebay stuff fire away...if you can afford to bin the cable if it doesn't work then fire away.....if you want peace of mind then why not find a vendor who'll lend you cable to try. I use Bettercable for my long runs in installations and I use Molex for standard short lengths. I never feel ripped off.

    Gordon
     
  11. kolabere

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    Joe,

    If memory serves me right you posted elsewhere [I couldn't find 'elsewhere'] that you were "considering" Lindy's DVI cable.

    Have your considerations reached a conclusion yet?
     
  12. Joe Fernand

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    Hello Kolabere

    Still considering our options - the lack of support for 1080P on the single link 'Premium' DVI cables could be an issue for many customers in the long term.

    I suppose if folk are willing to forgo 1080P compatibility then its a viable option.

    Best regards

    Joe
     
  13. StooMonster

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    Me!

    Lovely Apple 30" Cinema Display monitor, 2560x1600 pixels of goodness. Unfortunately PC needs a 'workstation' class card, rather than 'desktop' class graphics card to drive it. :devil:

    StooMonster
     
  14. JackOTrades

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    :clap:

    we were bound to have one amongst us...

    brilliant!
    :smashin:

    Jack
     
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    So what are the best dual-link DVI cables on the market?

    What differentiates DVI cables? Shielding?

    StooMonster

    PS: I use my dual-link monitor to play Half-Life 2 etal at super high-res :) Oh, and open Excel with a blank sheet 84 rows high and 39 columns wide (column 'AM').
     
  16. lisag

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    I have got the Lindy Premium DVI-D cable connecting my HTPC to my plasma, and I can playback 1080p video ok. :confused:

    lisa
     
  17. Mr.D

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    I bought a 12m dvi-d cable from cablesolutions in the states. It works a treat from my HTPC to a sony hs20. No sparklies. They do a range of sizes up to 15metres.

    They also trade on ebay.Which is where I found them after losing out on a 10m bettercable one ( production meetings happen at the most inconsiderate times)

    total price including shipping was $177 dollars plus 30quid on top for tax and duty.
     

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