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by SmokinHouse / April 25, 2013 9:43 PM PDT

Hi everyone. I am trying to connect a HDMI virgin media cable tivo box to a HD Ready Samsung Syncmaster 320p via the DVI connection.

Yes I have a HDMI to DVI converter plug but nothing is showing on the screen at all.

I believe it should just work fine but without audio as DVI doesn't carry audio (not a problem as the cable box has optical out)

Even though I have all the output settings for the cable box set to all frequencies (576i, 576p, 720p, 1080i & 1080p) it never shows through the DVI plug.

Does anyone know how I can get this to work from HDMI to DVI at a cheap cost please?

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This looks to be a 720p display
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / April 26, 2013 1:44 AM PDT
In reply to: HDMI to DVI

So I'm unsure why you tried beyond 720p but try other HDMI sources as well. The HDMI to DVI adapter and cable is suspect if DVI works. You never said if the display worked at all.

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Sounds like a bad cable, but...
by metacinema / April 26, 2013 3:29 AM PDT
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I've adapted HDMI to DVI many times with no issues, so the failure can only be in one of three places, so you'll have to use the process of elimination to get to the bottom of it.
Here are the logical steps (and pardon the "basic" nature of this advice, but often it IS the simple things...):

1. Test the existing HDMI cable and the HDMI-to-DVI adaptor with a separate HDMI source and display. If you get a picture, the existing cable/adaptor set is okay.
2. Try another HDMI source with the same monitor using the now-verified-working cable set. If it fails, this points to a bad HDMI output on the TiVo. There could also be an "HDMI output setting" in the TiVo menu structure somewhere, so check that, too, as this would have direct bearing on the outcome. If it works with another HDMI source, and the original HDMI/DVI cable/adaptor set, the issue DEFINITELY rests in the TiVo.
3. Swap out the HDMI cable, then the adaptor, separately (once you know you have a working vid. monitor!)
4.5.& 6. There are other combinations but you get the idea from the above.

Hope this helps!

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