Dec 10, 2013 HDMI vs. DisplayPort vs. VGA: Which connection to choose? If you're looking to connect a computer to a TV or monitor, your choices are HDMI, DisplayPort, DVI, and VGA.
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I have a Sony Bravia KDL40-V2500 LCD television in my front room. I’d like to hook up my gaming PC to take advantage of the screen real estate. But I’ve run into some issues.
First some useful links:
From the manual:
PC Input Signal Reference Chart
When connecting optional equipment (See #4):
Scroll down to the next page to Item #6 for the warning against DVI to HDMI.
The Sony has two HDMI ports in the back and I figured I’d buy a DVI to HDMI cable so I can use HD features via my XFX 8800GT video card. This card has dual-DVI ports, and an S-video port. So I buy the cable, and a HDMI splitter as the TV has both HDMI ports in use by my Sony DVD player and the cable box. My game plan was to plug the dvd and digital cable box into one port via the splitter, and use the other HDMI port for the PC.
Here’s where I ran into a problem. The manual says to NOT use HDMI for a PC as it may break the monitor/television. Huh? It wants me to hook up to a RGB (VGA) port and use a single line audio cable from the PC to the TV.
The native resolution on the Bravia is 1920 x 1080. I believe this is standard ”Full HD”?
Right now my PC is hooked up to my 22” Samsung flat panel LCD. Information form nVidia’s Control Panel shows max resolution is 1680x1050, 32 bit.
Is this the max the CARD will do, or the max the SAMSUNG will do? I can’t find anything on the XFX website.
I’ve seen on some forums where people have said to ignore the warning about hooking up the PC via the HDMI port, as it’s only a resolution issue which will be resolved by scaling the resolution back to fit the screen. I have the nVidia control panel set like so:
“When using a resolution lower than native: Use my display’s built-in scaling”.
I’ve ordered a DVI to VGA adapter as I’ve got a lot of bling tied up in this TV and can’t afford to screw it up, so if in fact I can’t use the high-def port, I’ll use the VGA one.
So I guess my question is whether any of you have any expertise on this subject, and specifically this TV (if it matters). Will it break my TV? Will I lose anything visually by using VGA instead of HDMI?
Sorry this is so long-winded, but I wanted to provide as much pertinent info as you may need to assist me.