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DVI to Component Conversion

by TheBaird / January 30, 2006 9:51 AM PST

Hey Tom,

On last Monday's show (1/23) you said that you had DVI coming out of your DVD player but converted it to a component cable for your TV. How are you doing this?

My 4 year old HDTV came out before the industry settled on a digital interface, so I can't use either DVI or HDMI. I only have component imputs, which prevents me from getting an upconverting DVD player.

Thanks for the response.

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What I think I said
by acedtect / January 30, 2006 12:46 PM PST

I had HDMI coming out of my upconverting DVD player, but only one HDMI in on the TV which is already taken up by the HD tuner. I don't have an A/V receiver, so I have to use component video out of the DVD player.

Sorry, I don't know any DVI conversion. Anyone else?

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Are you getting up conversion with component?
by TheBaird / January 31, 2006 1:16 PM PST
In reply to: What I think I said


If you are using the component output of your up conversion DVD player is the output 720p or 1080i? Or are you getting progressive output (480p)? I thought you can only get 720p/1080i through the DVI or HDMI outputs.

Please let me know what DVD player you have if you're getting 720p/1080i from the component output. Better yet, let me know if you're itching to upgrade and you want to unload that player.


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Yes I get upconversion with component
by acedtect / February 1, 2006 5:15 AM PST
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Re: DVI to Component
by mwaldyke / January 30, 2006 6:35 PM PST

I have not tried this, but I think it will work. My Mac came with a DVI to VGA converter to allow it to be used with CRTs or non-digital flat panels. I have also seen adaptors that take VGA in and split it into component video out. I expect both of those adaptors should be available at a place like CompUSA, or any place that sells higher-end video components. It might be worth a try.

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this might work
by backfrog / January 31, 2006 2:09 AM PST
In reply to: Re: DVI to Component

it was made for ati video cards that support hdtv resolutions, but it's says that it's dvi-i, which means it supports both analog (dvi-a) and digital (dvi-d) outputs. if do decide to try it out, don't buy it from that link. i know it's cheaper in other places.
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by backfrog / January 31, 2006 2:18 AM PST
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some DVDs have HDCP so unless it has a digital connection like DVI or HDMI, it won't play at all or will play but not upconvert at all.

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Thank's for link!
by TheBaird / January 31, 2006 11:29 AM PST
In reply to: this might work

Backfrog, that looks like it may be the solution I need. The price is a little high for a converter, but if it works ....

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