Ho to connect a VGA only monitor to a vidoe card HDMI port

I have an ATI Radeon HD 5450 graphics card (512 MB) in my HP Pavilion Elite. The graphics card has two ports--a DVI and an HDMI. I have two monitors, both VGA. I have no problem connecting the VGA monitors to the DVI port using a DVI-to-VGA adapter, but I cannot convince my computer to recognize either monitor through the HDMI port.

I've tried two solutions--one was a simple splitter from the DVI port, which as I expected displayed both monitors but only as clones--it would not do an extended display. The second was to add an HDMI-to-DVI-D adapter onto the the existing DVI-to-VGA adapter. I thought this might work, but the monitor doesn't detect a signal, and now I'm not sure if it's because the principle is wrong (i.e it is impossible to convert to a VGA signal through the HDMI port) or because my HDMI-to-DVI adapter is bad. It seems like, if the card can convert to the VGA at all, it shouldn't matter which port I'm using, but I'm not sure.

Any suggestions?
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  1. Simple as this; if the monitor isn't HD-Ready (with HDMI) then it cannot do HD

    VGA-DVI is the only way to them monitors.
  2. HDMI is a digital interface. VGA is an analog interface. Like DVI-D, you can't use HDMI to connect to a analog device. Sorry to not give better news. Good luck!
  3. You can buy a active HDMI-to-VGA converter, something like http://www.amazon.co.uk/HDfury-1080P-HDMI-Converter-Transcoder/dp/B000SOPWS8 ( explained here http://www.modsupplier.com/catalog/hdfury-hdmi-to-vga-adapter-cable-p-202.html )

    As COLGeek said above, HDMI is digital and VGA is analog. Converting digital to analog requires active converters.

    On the other hand, DVI can be digital and analog depending on the usage. In your case, you are using the analog part of DVI to connect to VGA.
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