Envy 15 - HDMI > VGA on my TV - whats the best alternative

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  1. Yachmenev

    Yachmenev Notebook Enthusiast

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    I need to connect my HP Envy 15 to my TV`s VGA port, and I´m looking for the best alternative. This is because I only get a stretched picture when I connect it to the DVI port through a HDMI > DVI-adapter.

    HP has an official HDMI -> VGA adapter. What´s people experience with that? Perfect? Problems? I see that Envy 15 is not listed as a supported model for it, but does that matter?
     
  2. f15hp

    f15hp Notebook Consultant

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    so the envy 15 didnt come with VGA? if your computer have hdmi you can get one from ebay or buy.com for about $10
     
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    what type of graphics card does yours have? I have a terrible time getting my computer to work with my HD tv. If it's ATI, i might be able to help you out.
     
  4. Meever

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    I'm not sure if VGA will do any better for screen quality. Your TV doesn't have a HDMI port? What resolution and brand is it?
     
  5. WackyT

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    DVI and HDMI are both digital video signals.
    VGA is analog video signals.

    You can't have just a port converter for an HDMI > VGA adapter. Here's an example of an HDMI/DVI > VGA converter: http://www.svideo.com/ext-dvi-2-vga.html

    Concerning your stretched picture using HDMI > DVI, did you try adjusting the aspect setting on your TV (Zoom, Stretch, Wide, Normal, etc.)? As an example, on my TV with 720p VGA being fed in, I need to set it to Wide to have a correct picture displayed.
     
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    Im assuming that there are extra connectors in the ENVY to allow for this. Im sure it's not strictly an HDMI port. Think DVI-I which is both analog and digital.
     
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    Doesn't look like it. From what I found on the net, the only video output on the Envy 15 is HDMI.
     
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    Funny, because HP lets you order an HDMI>VGA adapter when configuring the 15.

    One has to be wrong.
     
  9. WackyT

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    Found it.

    http://www.shopping.hp.com/product/computer/categories/cables/1/accessories/NP031AA%23ABA

    That's pretty cool! Wonder if they added additional analog lines to the HDMI port, because it doesn't look like it's capable of actually converting the signal? Doesn't look like it's compatible with my G62t, though.

    Just did some more research on this, and it looks like some, not all, HDMI output devices provide an analog VGA signal set on some pins.

    http://www.mydellmini.com/forum/dell-mini-10-discussion/7358-hdmi-vga-converter-anyone-try.html
     
  10. newsposter

    newsposter Notebook Virtuoso

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    check out the use of video scalers/scan converters. Not the cheap ones either. you want to find a unit that allows for image adjustment.
     
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