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How can you tell if a card supports HDCP?

Discussion in 'Hardware Components and Aftermarket Upgrades' started by Greg, May 21, 2007.

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  1. Greg

    Greg Super Moderator Super Moderator

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    I keep reading things on how some cards currently out might support HDCP, but there really is not any decent amount of documentation out there for this.

    So yeah, I'm just wondering if there is some other way to tell, besides looking at a spec sheet and possibly purchasing a bunch of hardware to experiment.
     
  2. Gophn

    Gophn NBR Resident Assistant

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    If you are talking in terms of a Desktop Videocard, then its not the GPU itself that needs to be HDCP compliant, rather the Digital-out ports [like DVI] that need to be HDCP compliant.

    I do not think that there is any software to test the DVI ports for HDCP compatibility. The only way to really test for HDCP is to have media or video with HDCP [usually with HD-DVD or Blu-Ray] and see if you can play in on a HDCP-compliant display at full HD [1920x1080p].
     
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    Pitabred Linux geek con rat flail!

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    And even if the specs say it works, it may not. HDCP is one of those "technologies" I'm staying away from. It it won't work over a non-"protected" HDMI or DVI link, I'm not going to buy the hardware. I'm against buying into anything that treats me as a criminal by default, and doesn't do anything to deter the real criminals who profit off of disc duplication and piracy.
     
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    I thought that bypass was only until because it was an internal laptop connection...or an analog connection.

    Other times in which you don't need HDCP is over the analog, but that is only until vendors enable the ICT flag and screw anyone not using HDCP.
     
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