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    Question DVI to HDMI or VGA - which is best ?

    Hi,

    I want to connect my HTPC up the best way possible to my LCD TV, and wondered whether a VGA to VGA connection, or DVI to HDMI connection would be best ?
    Is there a difference to the naked eye ? I'm guessing VGA to VGA would be the simplest for the HTPC gfx card to set the resolution correctly........?

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    DVI to HDMI, that way its all digital, rather than being converted to analogue and then back to digital

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    what kind of panel is it?

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    It will be a Samsung LE40M87BDX - comes with 3 HDMI ports and 1 x D-Sub(VGA).

    Looks like DVI to HDMI is the best choice, thanks all
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    I was hoping you wouldn't say Samsung. They dont seem to like PC's much They also dont support 1-2-1 pixel mapping i dont think
    Quote Originally Posted by CouchWarrior @ AVForums
    in the manual it does state "do not attempt to connect the hdmi connector to a pc graphics card this will result in a blank screen "
    this is the only thing that is stopping me from buying the tv , could we have a list of cards and cables that have definitley worked and screen resolutions
    it may be an idea for those that cant get it working to use a program like pc anywhere running from a seperate pc on a lan and keep fiddling with powerstrip until they get a picture , i have to do this with my current set up at the moment with a svhs in

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    VGA will still give you HD resolutions, and the switch from digital-analogue-digital will result in minimal signal degradation.

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    Ive got my HTPC hooked up by vga to my LCD at native 1366x768 and can't see any reason to justify buying a dvi-hdmi cable.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Steve B View Post
    I was hoping you wouldn't say Samsung. They dont seem to like PC's much They also dont support 1-2-1 pixel mapping i dont think
    Hi Steve B, I know for a fact that the Samsung I'm about to buy does allow HDMI PC connectivity. It also has a feature called JustScan which allows full 1:1 pixel mapping

    Can't wait to get my hands on it tbh.

    s_kinton, I hear you, but I want to be all digital for my own warm feeling
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    yay
    be sure to post some pics of it

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    Quote Originally Posted by machinist View Post
    Hi,

    I want to connect my HTPC up the best way possible to my LCD TV, and wondered whether a VGA to VGA connection, or DVI to HDMI connection would be best ?
    Is there a difference to the naked eye ? I'm guessing VGA to VGA would be the simplest for the HTPC gfx card to set the resolution correctly........?

    Thanks
    DVI-HDMI would be the best

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    Quote Originally Posted by Steve B View Post
    yay
    be sure to post some pics of it
    Thanks guys - will try to remember pics
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    Quote Originally Posted by s_kinton View Post
    Ive got my HTPC hooked up by vga to my LCD at native 1366x768 and can't see any reason to justify buying a dvi-hdmi cable.
    That'll be because you haven't used any HDCP protected content on it yet
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    Quote Originally Posted by shaithis View Post
    That'll be because you haven't used any HDCP protected content on it yet
    Yep, I dont plan on it yet tbh. Im waiting for the price of the Pioneer Blu-ray drives to come down a little more. But right now, there is no point in going digital for me.

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    i agree ^

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    I have the Samsung 27". I foolishly forked out for a DVI to HDMI cable only to find that it didn't do 1:1 pixel mapping, and that the PC in audio hook up only worked in conjunction with the D-sub in socket.

    Currently using the D-sub (with sound) option with no problems.

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    Quote Originally Posted by scrandman View Post
    I have the Samsung 27". I foolishly forked out for a DVI to HDMI cable only to find that it didn't do 1:1 pixel mapping, and that the PC in audio hook up only worked in conjunction with the D-sub in socket.

    Currently using the D-sub (with sound) option with no problems.
    Yeah, my old Sammy was the same - this new one has full PC support via HDMI, and a separate audio input linked to that HDMI port.
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