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Old 07-14-2012, 10:31 AM   #1
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hdmi or dvi to connect to monitor


This is not linux specific, but I thought this forum would be a great resource.

I'm looking at laptops, and the new laptop may get connected to an external monitor in the future. Most laptops have hdmi, some also have dvi and some still have vga. I know hdmi is good for connecting to TVs and monitors to watch videos etc, but does it work well as a the connection for general computer use? Or should I look for a laptop with dvi? From most laptop specs, it's difficult to figure out what resolutions are supported for external monitors. The hdmi is usuall specified at 1080p or 720, but often the dvi just says dvi.
 
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Not sure how much use this is but my old EEEPC 1000 can output to a 1920*1200 monitor from its VGA socket.
I'd guess that VGA is still supported by most projectors and monitors you'd use in a work situation, and DVI is probabl supported similarly.
If you want to hook up to friends' TVs then HDMI is likely to be the best to go for.
Bear in mind you can get DVI to HDMI and DVI to VGA adaptors so DVI with cheap adaptors will work with almost anything.
 
Old 07-14-2012, 12:00 PM   #3
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One laptop I was looking at, is an Acer Aspire. It only has HDMI for an output. No dvi or vga.

That's what made me wonder if HDMI can be used to connect to a monitor for general use.

This is for my son who's going to college. I'm not going to get a monitor to begin with, but would like to have that option for the future.
 
Old 07-14-2012, 12:05 PM   #4
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I'm afraid I don't know whether HDMI to DVI adaptors exist -- if they do then there's no problem, if not I'd go for DVI as being most adaptable (sorry for the bad pun).
 
Old 07-14-2012, 12:26 PM   #5
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Puns are good. :-)

I haven't decided on a laptop. I just like to understand the features before I buy. I don't have a laptop with hdmi to try and see how it works. I also need a new laptop soon.

It seemed odd that this Acer only has HDMI, and then I realized I wasn't sure if HDMI is good for use with a computer monitor.
 
Old 07-14-2012, 12:33 PM   #6
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HDMI is DVI with sound.

Adapters are like $4.
 
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I'm googling for HDMI to VGA adaptors now and whilst I see some I'm not seeing any simple adaptors of the nature of DVI to VGA or HDMI. Am I missing something jefro?
 
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I'm googling for HDMI to VGA adaptors now and whilst I see some I'm not seeing any simple adaptors of the nature of DVI to VGA or HDMI. Am I missing something jefro?
I found some at the link below. Not $4 but not too much either. I haven't searched further.

Sounds like an external monitor can be used with a laptop with just hdmi out for video.

http://www.hdtvsupply.com/hdtodvico.html
 
Old 07-14-2012, 03:51 PM   #9
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Hi,

I can say I have my LED monitor connected to my PC via HDMI with normal 1920x1080 display resolution and picture is far better than VGA (although DVI-> HDMI is the same, but I don't like to use the adapter DVI/HDMI ). I bought a monitor which had HDMI/DVI/VGA connectors so I used it.
 
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Kind of a lot going on here. Connections are not a display size ever. To make it worse a TV and a computer are not the same type of signal. Either the computer or tv has to support the other.

To make things worse while hdmi may be dvi, dvi comes in various formats.

It can be quite a trick sometimes to get your computer and tv to work together. I have had two htpc systems that would drive me crazy after a video driver update.
 
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I'm googling for HDMI to VGA adaptors now and whilst I see some I'm not seeing any simple adaptors of the nature of DVI to VGA or HDMI. Am I missing something jefro?
Yes, you are. The video signal of HDMI compatible with the digital video signal of DVI. Unlike DVI-I, HDMI does not have the analog video signals, so you need a converter to get an analog signal. A simple adapter, like DVI<->HDMI or DVI-I<->VGA can't handle that.
 
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Yes, you are. The video signal of HDMI compatible with the digital video signal of DVI. Unlike DVI-I, HDMI does not have the analog video signals, so you need a converter to get an analog signal. A simple adapter, like DVI<->HDMI or DVI-I<->VGA can't handle that.
Then I'm not missing something. That was my point -- that you can get a simple $4 adaptor to convert DVI to VGA or HDMI but not one to convert HDMI to VGA, so DVI is the better choice if you want to connect to multiple unknown devices.
 
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Then I'm not missing something. That was my point -- that you can get a simple $4 adaptor to convert DVI to VGA or HDMI but not one to convert HDMI to VGA, so DVI is the better choice if you want to connect to multiple unknown devices.
Only if you have a DVI-I port, if it is DVI-D then it doesn't matter at all. DVI-I has VGA signals integrated, DVI-D doesn't.
 
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Only if you have a DVI-I port, if it is DVI-D then it doesn't matter at all. DVI-I has VGA signals integrated, DVI-D doesn't.
Ah, OK, that bit I did miss. So sounds like DVI-I is the one to go for if you can find it.
 
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Almost all hdmi systems actually have two audio devices. One device is the onboard or add on audio card. The second is part of the hdmi. If you were to take the hdmi video only, that would mean you'd need to set the built in/add on audio as the output and route it to the tv or speaker system.
 
  


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