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artesian79

join:2001-10-16
West Chester, OH

Connect HDMI Laptop to DVI-D External Monitor

I am getting ready to order the new Dell Inspiron 14z Ultrabook for a family member. Her LCD is DVI-D only, and the Ultrabook is HDMI only.

It looks as though I have a choice of converter boxes, converter cables, and converter adapters. I'm looking at either a cable or adapter. Some cables say bi-directional, others do not. None of the adapters say bi-directional.

So, do I need bi-directional, and if not would a cable or adapter only be better?

Thanks!


sk1939
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join:2010-10-23
Mclean, VA
kudos:10

You just need a DVI to HDMI cable, that's it.



Jan Janowski
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join:2000-06-18
Skokie, IL
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reply to artesian79

That depends...On how "Touchy" the HDMI port is in the laptop...

It your friendly HDMI Consortium at work.......

It may 'think' you are stealing video (no audio on DVI) and shut down... due to "HDMICP"...

Worse yet... It might work on some video, and not on others... depending on if the video being played initiates the CP check routine. Apple TV's are famous for this...

Unfortunately, You'll never know if this will happen until you try.... and you never will get a straight answer from the MFG, other than some canned response: "We Support HDMICP".
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