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Plug an HDMI-only laptop into a VGA-only projector?

I'm looking at new laptops, and the one at the top of my list has everything I need ... Except that the only video-out port is HDMI. The problem is that a big part of my job involves presenting, so I need to be able to plug in to projectors that only have VGA ports. What are my options?
posted by robhuddles on Jun 5, 2014 - 8 answers

How can I extract this fancy VGA font?

I have access to an old Toshiba 386 PC (T2000Sx) with an extremely unusual VGA system font; which I would like to recover as a font file and document in a web site. How can I write a program which reads the font data from VGA memory and writes it to the floppy? [more inside]
posted by knz on May 15, 2014 - 7 answers

Can I mirror iPhone camera output - without the controls?

Hi - in a pinch, I need to use my iPhone to feed live video to a projector. I have a VGA adapter, so I can mirror my camera, but I can't feed "clean" video without all the on-screen camera controls, etc. I feel like the answer is easy, but I'm flummoxed. Is there an app or way to get just plain camera output without the controls? thanks!
posted by smelvis on Mar 4, 2014 - 3 answers

Can you use VGA for video and HDMI for audio?

A friend is trying to connect her PC (Windows 7) to a projector for video and a receiver for audio. The projector does not support HDMI, so she's using VGA. The receiver does have HDMI, so she's using that for audio. If she doesn't plug in the projector, the audio plays fine. As soon as she connects the VGA, HDMI audio is no longer an option in the Sound settings and audio starts playing through the laptops built in speakers. Is there a way to have HDMI for audio and VGA for video at the same time? [more inside]
posted by willnot on Jan 25, 2014 - 6 answers

I need monitor nipples? What are they called and where can I get 'em?

My monitor uses a DVI port. Plugging in a DVI cable works perfectly except for one flaw: the 2 screw nipple thingamabobs are missing on the sides of the port on the monitor, which means the screws on the DVI cable have nothing to screw into to lock the cable in place. If anything bumps the DVI cable at all, it can fall out of the socket. So, I'm desperate to find a pair of those little nipple doodads, which should look like the nut looking things with screw holes to the sides of the blue VGA port in this image. Instead of those things, my monitor has holes where those used to be screwed into. What are they called and where can I get them?
posted by 2oh1 on Oct 31, 2013 - 8 answers

Will a long run of VGA cable and/or using a splitter damage VGA card?

We've cooked a video card that was 1) supposed to be at least somewhat high end and 2) was hooked up to a VGA splitter, with one leg going 100' to a monitor. Coincidence, or did we overload/cook the video card? [more inside]
posted by randomkeystrike on Oct 17, 2013 - 10 answers

vga to dvi converter: did I buy the wrong one?

Need help troubleshooting my new monitor set up. Problem is my new VGA to DVI adapter [more inside]
posted by royalsong on Sep 21, 2013 - 5 answers

How to use an hdmi cable to connect my pc to my monitor

So I am currently using a VGA cable but would like to use an hdmi cable instead since I figure it would result in better quality. But apparently you can't just plug and play the hdmi cable as with the VGA cable??? [more inside]
posted by iliketothinknu on Aug 3, 2013 - 6 answers

Mini DisplayPort to TV's VGA or DVI FEMALE - cannot find a cable!

I have a 2009 MacBook Pro with a Mini DisplayPort, and a flatscreen tv that has DVI and VGA input ports. I cannot find a cable for sale that will let me hook the computer up to display the desktop on the TV. (pics of ports inside) [more inside]
posted by tzikeh on Jul 14, 2013 - 7 answers

Outdated IT equipment - anything better to do with it than recycling?

I have a temp job tidying IT store rooms. We're gonna throw away (I mean recycle) loads of stuf, like hundreds of kettle (power) leads, couple dozen first gen Cisco VoIP phones. Any better ideas? [more inside]
posted by yoHighness on May 29, 2013 - 8 answers

How should one choose from different video interfaces?

Starting from scratch (as it were), if I'm going to go out and buy a new cable to connect my laptop to my monitor, what cable should I ideally go looking for? [more inside]
posted by segatakai on Apr 12, 2013 - 9 answers

Something cheaper than a VGADVI broadcaster?

I would really love to own this product. Can you recommend any similar products? My budget is about $500.00.
posted by signsofrain on Mar 11, 2013 - 4 answers

Cheap way to do DVI/VGA capture from a PC to MacBook?

I need to figure out a cheap way to take a DVI or VGA signal from a PC, and capture it to a MacBook Pro to stream video to the internet. Situational constraints inside. [more inside]
posted by chambers on Feb 12, 2013 - 4 answers

First time projector user needs help! Wireless video vs. wireless audio.

Help figuring out the best setup for a home theater projector. Total projector newb here.... [more inside]
posted by lattiboy on Jan 28, 2013 - 3 answers

Help my notebook speak to my shiny new TV

What's the best way to connect my Samsung series 5 TV with my Acer Ferrari One notebook so I can use the TV as a monitor? The laptop doesn't have a HDMI port... [more inside]
posted by Helga-woo on Dec 28, 2012 - 3 answers

What is causing this inexplicable video problem with my monitor?

What is causing the strangest video error I have ever come across? [more inside]
posted by dougrayrankin on Nov 10, 2012 - 17 answers

Video noob seeks advice

Very specific video cable question (computer to LCD TV) [more inside]
posted by benito.strauss on Mar 5, 2012 - 6 answers

graphics card outputs

I own two monitors with twine inputs - HDMI and VGA. Why can't I find a graphics card with twin HDMI outputs? Are HDMI connections inferior? Or expensive? Or uncommon? Or splittable like USB? Or...?
posted by sodium lights the horizon on Feb 26, 2012 - 10 answers

Can switching semi-frequently between monitor inputs cause damage to an LCD monitor?

Can switching semi-frequently between monitor inputs cause damage to an LCD monitor? [more inside]
posted by Unhyper on Jan 3, 2012 - 4 answers

Laptop seeks TV for LTR

Recommendations please for using a big screen LCD TV (40+"?) as a computer display. "Don't" is fine as a response but please justify. Cost is a significant issue; we can spend up to or little over $700. [more inside]
posted by anadem on Nov 25, 2011 - 10 answers

Dual monitors without lots of $?

Is there an easy way for me to run a second monitor on my computer without a new video card? [more inside]
posted by Happydaz on Nov 16, 2011 - 7 answers

Video cable hunt, take 3

Follow up to this question: Where can I find a cable that will let me connect my old iBook G4 to a VGA cable? [more inside]
posted by ryanshepard on Jun 4, 2011 - 4 answers

How to get laptop display transferred as data to another laptop?

How to get laptop display transferred as data to another laptop? [more inside]
posted by bboylawson on Mar 23, 2011 - 7 answers

XBOX 360 setup help: Using a monitor & getting audio

I'm getting an XBOX 360 shortly, but I have a few questions about setting it up. For one, my television is very bad, so I'd like to use my computer monitor for it - should picking up a VGA cable be fine? Secondly, I'm not sure how the XBOX's audio ports are set up - can I just plug my headset with a standard headphone and microphone plug into it, or do I need adapters? [more inside]
posted by flatluigi on Feb 3, 2011 - 11 answers

vision quest

Help me understand the vicissitudes of connecting my laptop via VGA to a TV. [more inside]
posted by Obscure Reference on Jan 22, 2011 - 7 answers

Good TV for watching movies online?

So Mr. Attackpanda and I haven't had a TV in several years, but we watch netflix all the time on my laptop. This is getting old and we'd like recommendations as to what to get. [more inside]
posted by Attackpanda on Jan 8, 2011 - 29 answers

Help me see my BIOS using a monitor attached to VGA out on my laptop. Please?

How can I force a laptop to use VGA out during boot up prior to windows loading so that I can get into the BIOS and change the primary display to be permanently the VGA out? [more inside]
posted by merocet on Sep 29, 2010 - 15 answers

It is so connected. It's *always* connected.

Can Windows be persuaded to ignore lies the BIOS tells it about what video monitors are connected? [more inside]
posted by flabdablet on Aug 2, 2010 - 8 answers

MacBook to VGA Projector

How to get an aluminum MacBook (2.4 GHz) to recognize a VGA Projector? [more inside]
posted by Danf on May 24, 2010 - 12 answers

A moderate monitor for my macbook's Mini DisplayPort?

My Macbook has something called a Mini DisplayPort, which apparently has all sorts of compatibility issues (and benefits?). Before I buy my first monitor, what should I know? More info inside. [more inside]
posted by omnigut on Mar 16, 2010 - 16 answers

How can I Transmit VGA / HDMI output Wirelessly?

How can I Transmit VGA / HDMI output Wirelessly? [more inside]
posted by complience on Mar 16, 2010 - 8 answers

Possibly loose DVI or tight VGA?

My monitor is a 24" Samsung with dual VGA and DVI outputs. I've been using the DVI output to connect to a 3 year old white Macbook. Today, like an idiot, I moved the monitor without detaching the monitor cable, and the screws snapped off, and I cannot get what is left of them out of the holes. So now, I can either use the DVI output with no screws to hold the cable in place, or I can use the VGA output. Which is my best option? [more inside]
posted by 4ster on Mar 11, 2010 - 10 answers

VGA to UHF

VGA to UHF? VGA to Coax to UHF? VGA to RF box? Want to pick up a vintage miniature TV off ebay and pipe video from PC to it. [more inside]
posted by softsantear on Mar 7, 2010 - 15 answers

Dual monitors on PC AND mirrored main input to LCD TV

How do I connect my LCD TV (VGA input preferably but it also has an HDMI free) to my desktop computer, which has 2 monitors already hooked up to the 2 DVI-out ports on the graphics card? [more inside]
posted by PetiePal on Feb 17, 2010 - 8 answers

How do I connect a computer to an old CRT television?

I need to display the picture from a computer onto an old 1999 CRT television. I've seen a few products but all the reviews of them say that they don't work. Any recommendations on ones that do? [more inside]
posted by mr_silver on Feb 2, 2010 - 10 answers

How do I hook up a MacBook to a "locked" LCD/Plasma at a hotel?

A friend of mine will soon be staying at the Sheraton Wall Centre in vancouver for an extended period and is hoping to hook up his MacBook to the TV in the room. He has all the appropriate cords, but I have heard from someone that at the Sheraton, they "lock" the buttons to change over to VGA input. Is this something that can be worked around? Is the feature intrinsic to the TV or would a universal remote help?
posted by nitor on Jan 7, 2010 - 9 answers

Help me watch The Neverending Story on the bigscreen.

FAQ about VGA to RCA. [more inside]
posted by MithrilMongoose on Dec 14, 2009 - 8 answers

Moving to the big screen.

Need help connecting my Dell netbook to an external monitor. [more inside]
posted by venividivici on Nov 2, 2009 - 4 answers

I can't even watch keyboard cat...

Laptop to HDTV with a VGA-to-SVideo adapter: Why doesn't it work? [more inside]
posted by qxntpqbbbqxl on Sep 29, 2009 - 12 answers

Wide Screen, Narrow Resolution

I have a computer running Windows XP and I just connected it to my TV via VGA cables. The TV reports its maximum resolution as 1024x768, which Windows will happily provide, however my TV is 16:9. This results in an over-wide picture. I would like to have Windows use this 1024x768 resolution, but tell it to use non-square pixels, or something similar to bring everything back to the correct shapes.
posted by Xoder on May 30, 2009 - 10 answers

Help me with VGA cabling?

I want to plug a VGA cable into the wall and have the LCD TV on the other end of the room display the information. How do I do this? [more inside]
posted by wabashbdw on Apr 23, 2009 - 4 answers

Can't switch between XBox and Computer on my LCD Monitor

How can I switch between my XBox 360 and my Computer on my LG 22" widescreen monitor? [more inside]
posted by ODiV on Apr 10, 2009 - 5 answers

VGA Splitter or KVM for my Xbox 360 on my monitor AND TV?

Xbox360Filter: I have an Xbox 360 with a VGA output which I use on my Samsung computer monitor. I want to be able to have it hooked up to my TV (which has a VGA input as well) at the same time. [more inside]
posted by xdeliriumx on Mar 29, 2009 - 12 answers

Is there a fix for this dual monitor issue?

If I turn on my secondary which is connected to a DVI to HDMI adapter and then turn it off it disconnects my primary which is connected via VGA. [more inside]
posted by mephesta on Mar 10, 2009 - 0 answers

Xbox to DVI or VGA?

I have an Acer AL2216 W computer monitor with VGA and DVI inputs. I'm thinking about getting an Xbox for things like halo 2 and 3. Is there a way I can feed the xbox video into my monitor and the audio into my computer's speakers (LogiTech LS21)? What would it cost? Such as converting it from a standard video and audio format that you'd plug into your tv to a DVI and 3.5mm female connector. Or HDMI to VGA or DVI and Audio to 3.5mm?
posted by BoldStepDesign on Jan 26, 2009 - 11 answers

VGA-output woes with old laptop connected to HDTV

I've connected a VGA-cable from my old Packard Bell Easynote (Windows XP) laptop to my Samsung HDTV but it doesn't display anything and the tv detects no input from the computer at all. [more inside]
posted by kampken on Jan 23, 2009 - 8 answers

What specs are important in a PCI video card for a livingroom media computer?

My livingroom media computer onboard video can only reach 1024x768, and the mobo has ONLY has PCI slots. So I need a PCI video card. It will be used mainly for playing / streaming video to a 1920x1200 HDTV, and perhaps occasionally for stuff like Nintendo64 emulation. What specs will be the most important to ensure no choppiness or other problems when playing videos full screen? Is DirectX 10 or above important? Keeping in mind this must be PCI, am I doomed to choppy videos no matter how fast the card processor or how much memory it has?
posted by brenton on Jan 22, 2009 - 33 answers

Is VGA that bad on an LCD?

Is it worth upgrading to a 22" or 24" widescreen LCD if I'll be hooking it up with VGA rather than DVI? I know DVI is better, but is VGA that bad?
posted by smackfu on Jan 11, 2009 - 19 answers

Windows Vista Doesn't Work with VGA to HDMI Converter Box

We have an HP Slimline machine running video with an Nvidia Geforce 6150 SE graphics card. We are wanting to use a VGA->HDMI box to convert the video output of the desktop and connect it to our television: [more inside]
posted by ao4047 on Jan 9, 2009 - 1 answer

What have I missed troubleshooting my VGA problem?

I'm getting a video display error when i try and boot up my computer. Is there a solution I'm just not thinking of? If not, can I still buy a Socket 939 motherboard to replace a malfunctioning one? [more inside]
posted by Kraki on Dec 31, 2008 - 7 answers

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