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HDMI Port... what are the uses?

Discussion in 'Asus' started by Everyone, Jun 4, 2007.

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  1. Everyone

    Everyone Notebook Guru

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    I'm aware that this is a complete newbie question, but I've looked around and can't find a ton of definitive information on the HDMI port's capabilities. I mean, I know what HDMI is (that's what all the information you can google/wiki tells you... specifications, etc) but I don't know exactly what you can DO with it.

    So... what do you do with a high def port? Connect a high def monitor? How does this link together with the HD rendering capabilities of the 8 series GPUs?

    I don't need a technical brief, I'm simply looking for general uses to put the port to. :)
     
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    You can play all those high def bit torrents of movie trailers on your High Def TV through the HDMI port!:D

    Petrov.
     
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    If you have a TV, monitor, or stereo receiver that accepts HDMI input, you can use HDMI to send video+soung signals to it.

    Or you can use an HDMI -> DVI adapter and connect to LCDs.

    Its just a connector for video and sound.
     
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    With an adapter you can convert it to DVI-D so you can connect external LCDs (not just HD-TV but any LCD) with a DVI port. The quality is better then analog especially at high resolutions.
     
  5. Everyone

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    I see. Thanks for the help. So basically it boils down to: you can send any high def media on your laptop through the connection to any high def playing device you own, eh?

    That's kind of neat... kind of! I don't own a high def TV yet so it'll most likely never get used... but whatever. ;)
     
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    It's not limited to high-def media... It's generic display output like DVI is. You can use HDMI to connect a second display device (an HDTV or an LCD) and use it to display your Windows desktop, programs, movies in full-screen, etc. It lets you connect a second monitor.

    HDMI is exactly the same as DVI electrically.
     
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    Except HDMI includes audio.
     
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    You can hook up a laptop to a HDTV and use it as a monitor, but TV's typically have an overscan of 3-10%, so you'll lose quite a bit of the outside edges of the picture.

    If you have a video card that can compensate for the overscan or allows custom resolutions, the entire desktop can be fit.
     
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    It's easy to wiki before you post.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hdmi


    The High-Definition Multimedia Interface (HDMI) is an all-digital audio/video interface capable of transmitting uncompressed streams. HDMI is compatible with High-bandwidth Digital Content Protection (HDCP) Digital Rights Management technology. HDMI provides an interface between any compatible digital audio/video source, such as a set-top box, a DVD player, a PC, a video game console, or an AV receiver and a compatible digital audio and/or video monitor, such as a digital television (DTV) ...
     
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