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Can't display in HDTV via DVI/HDMI cable, through DVI/D-Sub adapter

Last response: in Graphics & Displays
April 22, 2009 5:15:06 PM

Okay, here's the details:
I have a laptop, which I use to display videos on my HDTV (Samsung Series 6) through a D-Sub/D-Sub (standard monitor cable).
Problem is, this cable displays only up to 1280x1024 (or 1024x768, but nothing else). So, I bought a DVI/HDMI cable to display high resolutions on my tv. Then, I realized my laptop didn't have a DVI output.
I got my Desktop to test it, and it displayed at 1920x1080, everything worked perfectly.
On the next day I bought a DVI/D-Sub adapter (Female DVI/Male D-Sub), and connected everything to my laptop.

But then I can't get my laptop to display anything on my tv! It just displays "No Signal", and the computer unchecks the "Extend my desktop to this monitor" automatically.
Is this a HDCP issue?
Well, here are my Laptop Specs, should they help.

System Information
Processor: Intel(R) Pentium(R) M processor 1600MHz
Memory: 1024MB RAM
Page File: 739MB used, 1724MB available
Windows Dir: C:\WINDOWS
DirectX Version: DirectX 9.0c (4.09.0000.0904)
Display Devices
Card name: MOBILITY RADEON 7500
Manufacturer: ATI Technologies Inc.
Chip type: MOBILITY RADEON 7500 AGP (0x4C57)
DAC type: Internal DAC(400MHz)
Device Key: Enum\PCI\VEN_1002&DEV_4C57&SUBSYS_00580E11&REV_00
Display Memory: 32.0 MB
Current Mode: 1400 x 1050 (32 bit) (60Hz)
Monitor: Default Monitor
Monitor Max Res:
Driver Name: ati2dvag.dll
Driver Version: 6.14.0010.6436 (English)
DDI Version: 9 (or higher)
Driver Attributes: Final Retail
Driver Date/Size: 5/15/2004 18:29:34, 202752 bytes

If you guys need any extra information, just e-mail me at
Thank you all!

Best solution

September 27, 2009 7:48:54 AM

Section "DVI to HDMI Cables:" has the answer
"...a warning: it's not uncommon for people to try to hook analog devices up to an HDMI connection by chaining adapters and cables; for example, by taking a VGA to DVI adapter and joining it with a DVI to HDMI cable. This simply won't work; everything will plug in just fine, but nothing will function because the signal formats are completely incompatible (and, if you could take an X-ray of the cable and adapters, you'd notice that the analog signal ultimately doesn't even get connected electrically to the other end of the chain). A DVI to HDMI connection will work ONLY to connect DVI-D single-link to HDMI, and not to connect component video, VGA, RGBHV or any other analog signal type."