DVI + Audio -> HDMI

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Hi,

My TV has a VGA port as well as two HDMI ports. My PC that is connected to
this TV has two DVI ports. Currently I use a DVI-to-VGA converter and
connect my PC to my TV. I am thinking about getting a DVI-to-HDMI cable so
that I do not perform any digital to analog conversions and lose quality.
All seems well except that my sound will no longer work since my PC's sound
is connected to a port next to VGA port  and gets activated only when I
change the TV to VGA mode.

Is there an easy/cost effective method to get sound incorporate into this
setup and create a HDMI signal from DVI + Sound Card? I really would like
not to lose much quality (doing conversions) and the girth of my skinny
wallet if possible.

:-)

Thank you.



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You should check your TVs documentation.

Some TVs with a HDMI connection and get their audio from audio jacks on
another Port.
I have a Sanyo that gets its HDMI audio from video input 3 which is another
component input.

So I have a DVI-D to HDMI cable with the line out on the sound card
connected to the audio in on Video 3.

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Hi,

Following is directly out of the TV manual. It is saying do not connect a PC
on the HDMI port. What gives?

Thanks.


HDMI IN 1, HDMI IN 2
? Connect to the HDMI jack of a device with HDMI output. These inputs can
also be used as a DVI connection with separate analog audio inputs. An
optional HDMI/DVI cable will be necessary to make this connection. When
using the optional HDMI/DVI adapter, the DVI analog audio inputs on your TV
allow you to receive left and right audio from your DVI device. (Not
compatible with PC)

? When connecting this product via HDMI or DVI to a Set Top Box, DVD Player
or Games Console etc, make sure that it has been set to a compatible video
output mode as shown in the table below. Failure to observe this may result
in picture distortion, image breakup or no picture.

? Do not attempt to connect the HDMI/DVI connector to a PC or Laptop
Graphics Card. (This will result in a blank screen being displayed)

DVI IN (HDMI 2) AUDIO L/R
DVI audio outputs for external devices.



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It is the result of the Digital Millennium Copyright act of 1998.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/DMCA

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Re: DVI + Audio -> HDMI

I am so very confused. I will be using this system in the UK and not in the
US. The excerpt I listed in my previous email was related to a TV set from a
UK model.

What I am wondering is if I should be able to do this or if they are
blocking it technically. My primary goal for this PC is to be able to play
any stored media from my PC, play any PC games etc, play DVDs and evantually
perhaps play Blu-Ray (when I can afford it) etc. I can do all of this using
VGA port but I rather go for higher quality since my system and TV is
suppose to support it.

Having said all of that, I am planning to get a new 50"+ LCD soon and wanted
to make sure I get what I really need.

Thank you.




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Then you are under the laws of the European Union.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Copyright_law_of_the_European_Union

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/European_directive_on_copyright

In the UK, you have this.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Copyright_and_Related_Rights_Regulations_2003


There are some basic protections for Digital TV.

If your computer has American software, (Windows Vista or Windows Media
Center 2005) you very likely have the DRM giving you trouble.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Digital_rights_management

Since you are in the UK you should check with the Techs in the UK.

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Thank you CSM1. I understand there are certain laws out there for a lot of
HD content. What I am confused about if that what does that have to do with
connecting my PC to my TV via HDMI port. If I simply want to see my pictures
or surf the net, can I not do that using my PC and HDMI connection? I do
understand that for me to play HD content all components in the chain must
adhere to a certain standard.

Also, in future, if I have Blu-ray or HD-DVD drive, HDCP compatible video
card, I think I will be legal to play HD content. Am I missing something
else? I am not trying to infringe on any copy righted material.

BTW: I do not play on having any TV-Card or time shifting etc in this PC.
Simply a player and a web surfing machine.

Thanks.


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Re: DVI + Audio -> HDMI

The TV has no idea where the HDMI video is coming from so as long as a PC
meets the HDMI standards just the same as the cable, satellite and DVD
players do it will work fine.
Do read your TV user's manual to insure that you are sending a resolution
over the DVI/HDMI interface that it will accept.  Most HDTVs put a message
like the one you found in their manual since the TV will not accept standard
PC resolutions such as 800x600, 1024x768, etc over HDMI or DVI.
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Thank you JW. This makes sense. I just didn't know if there was a way for TV
to tell if this was a connection from a PC or a different device. From
reading the manual, it seemed it would know and blank out the screen. I will
make sure I use proper screen resolution and use a video card that support
the proper resolution.

Thanks again.


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Re: DVI + Audio -> HDMI

All HDTVs that I have seen have at least one HDMI port that will accept
standard stereo audio instead of audio with the HDMI connector when you
configure that port for the analog input.
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Thanks guys. I will check it out.
If I don't have that, is there any other option?

Thanks.


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Re: DVI + Audio -> HDMI

Dragpon

If you purchase a ATI 2K or 3K series video card yiu can get both audio and
video to be sent thru a single HDMI cable with out the need to hook up cables
to your sound card.  The Video cards come with an adapter for the HDMI that
routes the audio and video.

If you  plan on playin Blu-Ray and or HD-DVD I would recommend get an HD
2600 or better.   I am using an HD 2600 with Vista MC using HDMI with this  a
HD 2600, and also using it with Blu-Ray and HD-DVD.

B.D.

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