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February 7, 2014 at 19:49:46
Specs: Windows 8.1, APU 12GB
I have a 24" DVI monitor but I only have a computer with a VGA and HDMI port. Will using a dvi to HDMI adapter work or is there another solution.

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February 7, 2014 at 20:20:24
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Generally, using a DVI to HDMI should be fine, although you should note you will not get any sound from the DVI itself. It really just depends on what screen you have, and how compatible it is. For example, on my old computer, all I had was a DVI and VGA. Because my TV was off-brand (all it had was 3 HDMIs), it wasn't able to decode the converted DVI to HDMI and thus wouldn't display anything. But for an actual computer monitor, you should be OK.

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February 8, 2014 at 05:28:26
"it wasn't able to decode the converted DVI to HDMI and thus wouldn't display anything"

There's nothing to decode. DVI = digital, HDMI = digital + audio. The display signal is the same.

You can go any of these routes depending on which cable you have:


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February 8, 2014 at 14:35:10
Sorry, I misspoke. I didn't mean it in the sense that because it was converted it couldn't display the picture, I was merely pointing out that some monitors/TVs cannot display certain formats (regardless of it being converted or not).

Indeed, some HDMI signals do have to be 'decoded' in a certain sense. Certain computers and devices (such as DVD/Blu-Ray Players) use HDCP to encode the signal being sent across the HDMI cable. The manufacturers of the different monitors have to pay an annual fee to be allowed to make screens that are compatible and that can decode the information, which is why major brands tend to work with more types of outputs than off-brands, like mine.

But I agree with you, both DVI and HDMI are uncompressed digital signals, and thus can be converted with 0 loss of signal or picture quality.

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