Connect MSI Wind Top PC to LG LCD TV?
October 19, 2010 5:55 PM   Subscribe

I'm trying to connect an LG 32" LCD TV and an MSI desktop PC using HDMI, and I'm running into a snag. The TV refuses to recognize the PC, and I'm not entirely sure why. Can anyone help me figure out how this is supposed to work?

I currently have the MSI Wind Top AE2220 desktop PC, running Windows 7. I have a large collection of video files (TV episodes, movies and so forth) that I would like to play on my brand new LG LCD TV (the 32LD350 model, to be precise). The PC and TV both have HDMI ports, so I purchased an HDMI cable (with v. 1.3 support) to run between them to handle audio and video.

Here's the problem: The TV will not accept a signal from the PC at all. When I go into Control Panel --> Appearance and Personalization --> Display --> Screen Resolution, the PC detects the presence of the TV, but under the Display option, the pulldown menu only shows 2 items: "Wind Net1 22" (the PC itself) and "Display device on: VGA".

The TV has 2 HDMI ports, and I've tried both of them, to no avail. Having never tried this before, I'm feeling rather dense. I've searched this round of questions on MeFi, as well as various forums such as Engadget. I'm not sure if there's something I'm missing, or if there's a major reason why this isn't working. If push comes to shove I can purchase the VGA cable and go that route, but it doesn't seem like it would be necessary. Any help that anyone can provide will be greatly appreciated. Thanks so much!
posted by Telpethoron to Technology (3 answers total)
Best answer: From the specs for the Wind Top and the review you linked to, it looks like the HDMI port on your PC is actually for HDMI in, not out (so you could use the Wind Top like a TV). Same with the VGA port. So you're probably out of luck using that port. You may be able to use a USB 2.0 video adapter like this, however.
posted by zsazsa at 6:04 PM on October 19, 2010

Good catch: that device appears to be targeted as a computerized TV, rather than a multimedia computer.

It's possible that the VGA port switches itself to output mode as an unadvertised feature, but I wouldn't bet on it.
posted by gjc at 6:40 PM on October 19, 2010

Response by poster: Hmm...that might explain why it worked when I hooked up my Acer laptop - the connection worked perfectly then. I'll definitely look into that adapter - thanks for the link!
posted by Telpethoron at 6:00 AM on October 20, 2010

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