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quote:
Is there a way to convert mini-DVI to HDMI
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____ Ronny, I am not upset or angry with you, just certain people that cherry pick a response to try to prove me wrong. The info at AOC was not really helpful. However the Sony link is a visual and easier for people left out of the loop.(those that only replace when necessary not just to have the latest and greatest).

____It can be done, hopefully with out too many returns to the store. It may cost more but sometimes the high-end AV Home theater stores have or know just what you need. It also may help to take a photo of the posts on each device, print those out and take the photo with you.

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What I wrote:
That's one of 26 different models that they sell and different ones have different ports.

All the manuals can be found here (not that it's particularly helpful without a model number to go by): http://us.aoc.com/support/downloads


You linked to one random manual that you yourself said didn't contain any useful information.

I pointed out that the manufacturer makes 26 models and provided the link to where all the manuals can be found because the right manual is more useful than random ones for models that may have absolutely no similarity to hers.

Telling the truth and providing useful information isn't the same as cherry picking your post, nor is it an attack on you.

Get some self esteem and get over whatever the hell butthurt feelings you have about someone expanding on your answer.

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And now you know what an attack on your post looks like. Remember it for the future and try not to get confused again.

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Ouch, Steen. You are grumpy today! [weep]

With a second recommendation for Monoprice.com, I'm now convinced that I will call them and ask the remainder of my questions (such as, which cable do I use for an audio connection to my TV if I go the HDMI route?). I'm afraid I get easily overwhelmed by alphabet soup, and it's their job to walk me through it. [Big Grin]

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Jeez Grumpster, since you’ve added that "Grumpy" on to the front of your name, you do seem feel duty bound to spread a little crabbiness wherever you go.

Hope it makes you feel better

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Calli -

I must admit that I understood where Grumpysteen was coming from and, therefore, I didn't feel that what he said was unwarranted.

The above notwithstanding, your response made me laugh my tits off. I can now add Binnie Hale to my own personal list of Reasons to be cheerful

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Rhonny, just one word of caution about the mini-DVI to HDMI route -- since HDMI is designed to carry both audio and video your TV might not have an option for separate audio input when you are using the HDMI source. Not a problem if you'll run the audio through your stereo or something, but I wanted to point it out...

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quote:
Originally posted by Ugh, MightyClub:
Rhonny, just one word of caution about the mini-DVI to HDMI route -- since HDMI is designed to carry both audio and video your TV might not have an option for separate audio input when you are using the HDMI source. Not a problem if you'll run the audio through your stereo or something, but I wanted to point it out...

Oh. Huh. So the mini-DVI to HDMI would actually need to be a "mini-DVI+audio" to HDMI cable. Good thing you pointed that out. Thanks! (And no stereo in this apartment, I'm afraid. Only two boom boxes. Anyone remember those?)

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quote:
Originally posted by Rhonwyyn:
Oh. Huh. So the mini-DVI to HDMI would actually need to be a "mini-DVI+audio" to HDMI cable. Good thing you pointed that out. Thanks!

AFAIK there aint no such thing, you'd need 2 cables, mini-DVI -> HDMI, and a seconds audio -> audio cable, at least that's how I had my Mac Mini set up when it was connected to the TV.

The point Ugh was making is that some TVs might not be smart enough to take their audio from the 'Audio' input when there's a HDMI cable connected, as they might assume the HDMI is carrying both.

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oooohh!! Thanks for explaining that, TFD. I'm not inclined to try that method b/c i'd have to run two cables across the living room instead of just one in MMKK's method. But now i know a better reason. Thank you!

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JUST TRY STUFF!

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quote:
Originally posted by dragonman97:
JUST TRY STUFF!

That's a rather expensive proposition there. [Razz]

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quote:
Originally posted by Rhonwyyn:
oooohh!! Thanks for explaining that, TFD. I'm not inclined to try that method b/c i'd have to run two cables across the living room instead of just one in MMKK's method. But now i know a better reason. Thank you!

You'll need two cables either way, whether it's VGA + audio or HDMI + audio. The only difference is, the former is guaranteed to work while the latter might or might not work, depending on whether your TV is smart enough to get the audio signal from audio in when you're using the HDMI input.
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Yes, but Rhonwynn is referring to the cables I linked her to, which have VGA and TRS audio in one cable (with two connectors per end).

Rhonny: check your owner's manual and make sure you have a VGA port on the TV, the manual will tell you if you do or not. If you have a VGA port then just buy the stuff I linked to, it'll make it all work just fine. If you don't have a VGA port, then you'll need to look into an HDMI solution.

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quote:
Originally posted by Rhonwyyn:
quote:
Originally posted by dragonman97:
JUST TRY STUFF!

That's a rather expensive proposition there. [Razz]
Can't you just return the stuff that doesn't work?

Anyway, a VGA port:

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And a HDMI port:
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Go take a look at your TV. You might even have both, in which case, go with MMKK's VGA option as it has less uncertainty.

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Wow. That's taking it down to the really basic level, Xanthine. Thanks. I guess I needed that.

I took a look at the TV. Four HDMI ports, one VGA with its partner audio, and several component ports. Here's another stupid question: HDMI is used to connect hi-def video players (like Blu-Ray and DVD)? Does anyone actually ever use all those ports?

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____ Ronny, We have a Sony HD. Connected to the panel, are DirecTV, an old VHS, A Blue Ray Player and the leads from our HD MiniCam. On occasion I connect a Laptop to play games.

____ During weather events Rain Fade will take out the DirecTV reception at that time I use the TV's internal tuner to get a local station that broadcasts 24/7 Weather Radar.

____ When the Mrs and I go SkyWarn spotting I have an Inverter to power the Laptop and BroadBand2Go MiFI The Two Meter radio gets its power right from the truck battery.

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quote:
Originally posted by Rhonwyyn:
Wow. That's taking it down to the really basic level, Xanthine. Thanks. I guess I needed that.

I took a look at the TV. Four HDMI ports, one VGA with its partner audio, and several component ports. Here's another stupid question: HDMI is used to connect hi-def video players (like Blu-Ray and DVD)? Does anyone actually ever use all those ports?

Probably. Some people have some pretty crazy home theater systems and the manufacturers probably don't want customers howling that they can't hook up their whatever to their TV.

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quote:
Originally posted by Rhonwyyn:
Four HDMI ports...
...Does anyone actually ever use all those ports?

If I had a PS3 instead of a Wii, I'd be using all 4.

One Port for the Blu-ray player, underneath the Wii
One Port for the Video Camera, that travels 'round with me,
One Port for the PVR, for when I'm not there,
One Port for the Dark Druid, who likes to have a spare.


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quote:
Originally posted by The Famous Druid:
One Port for the Blu-ray player, underneath the Wii
One Port for the Video Camera, that travels 'round with me,
One Port for the PVR, for when I'm not there,
One Port for the Dark Druid, who likes to have a spare.


One Remote to rule them all,
One Remote to find them,
One Remote to bring them all
And in the darkness bind them.

A LOTR reference, very nice poetry, and you sufficiently answered the question! Bravo!

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/me bows down to TFD

Brilliant. Just brilliant.

I will take the remote to Mordor, but I don't know the way.

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quote:
Originally posted by Xanthine:
I will take the remote to Mordor, but I don't know the way.

Careful, these Tolkien references can be Hobbit-forming.

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oh, wow. You guys are hysterical!!! I'm defnitely not sauron i asked that last question. Laughter is a great way to start the day. [Applause]

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Man, the last time I looked we were Tolkien about cables, now all of a sudden the thread is off on a tangent.

How unusual [Big Grin]

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