HDTV and DVI

deneb_kaitos

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Hello,

I have a video card with a DVI connection and I also have an HDTV. What kind of connection do I need to hook up my computer to my tv to take advantage of the higher resolution?

Any help would be appreciated.

Thanks

Deneb Kaitos
 

Crashman

Polypheme
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What kind of video inputs does your HDTV have?

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Crashman

Polypheme
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those video/audio connectors are called RCA jacks, they were originally used for connecting hifi audio components. And the one marked "video" would be Composite.

Some TVs have a DVI input, yours doesn't, so you'll need a DVI to Component adapter. ATI sells them, they're kind of expensive.

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They aren't THAT bad. They're only $29US. I can think of ALOT of other components that are more expensive. Heck my 12ft TOSLINK cable by Monster was almost twice as much.
However you're right, it's not like buying just a pair of phono cables, or a coax spliter. But for a guy who has an HDTV the $29, shouldn't be too much. :wink:

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Crashman

Polypheme
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A lot of early HDTV's were equiped with VGA connections, which were proprietary at 60Hz for the U.S. market I believe. Now, card manufacturers and TV manufacturers warned against using them! The probable reason was that was the 60Hz setting, having your card set at the wrong frequency may have been able to damage those TV's.

Now you can find HDTV's with DVI connections. Again card manufacturers say "don't use it", but this time because most users don't know how to set the proper screen resolution to make the picture fit the TV right.

I'd probably buy a TV with a DVI connection if I were in the market, and use a DVI cable.

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