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Quick question about hooking PC to HDTV

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May 16, 2010 11:35:44 PM

Ok, first the scenario- I have a PC with a 9800GT with two DVI outputs, and an HDTV with an HDMI input. Using these http://www.amazon.com/3-5mm-Plated-Male-Male-cable-avai... cables, would I be able to have picture and audio from the pc play on the tv? Thanks a lot for any help.
May 17, 2010 12:05:17 AM

I'm worried that the cable you link has a 3.5mm audio connector at the HDMI end. HDMI carries the audio as well, so unless your TV has a 3.5mm audio jack to go with the HDMI, the audio would probably have to go to other speakers. If it was that easy to combine DVI and 3.5mm audio onto the HDMI, then why did StarTech make an expensive converter for it:
http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B001R8F0OA
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May 17, 2010 3:01:27 AM

So you're saying that I either need the converter or a separate set of speakers for this to work? Thanks for the help btw.

Edit: Ok so I did a little more research and found this- http://www.mycablemart.com/store/cart.php?m=product_det.... Would it work if I went
DVI->VGA+3.5mm Audio-->Converter--> HDMI? And if it did, would I lose significant picture quality? If it's important, this setup would be used for movies and a little gaming.
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May 17, 2010 3:48:04 AM

It looks to me like that would work, although I thought nearly all HDTVs had VGA inputs. What model TV are you connecting to? If it has its own VGA input, it probably also has a 3.5mm audio input to go with it, making the VGA to HDMI converter box a waste. As far as picture quality, that could get into the analog vs. digital transmission debate, but personally I doubt you'd notice the difference.
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May 17, 2010 4:48:28 AM

Haha I hadn't even thought of that- I'm sure it has a vga input come to think of it. Thanks for your help, as you can see I'm pretty much lost when it comes to this type of stuff.
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May 17, 2010 5:55:13 AM

I would suggest getting a toslink cable, if your TV or receiver has an input for it, then you could just get a cheap dvi to HDMI cable or get a new video card with HDMI audio output such as the GT220/240 or any 5xxx series cards
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