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

  • Radeon
  • DVI
  • VGA
  • HDMI
  • Monitors
  • Graphics
Last response: in Graphics & Displays
January 4, 2011 3:43:35 PM

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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January 4, 2011 4:32:48 PM

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.
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January 4, 2011 4:35:16 PM

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!
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