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post #1 of 5 Old 08-11-2013, 09:26 AM - Thread Starter
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I have a setup that I am trying to fit into with the least conversion/complication as possible.

I am the media guy for our church, and we meet in a high school multipurpose room, so I'm limited by the room's setup. We setup/tear down every week, so lots of plug-in/out cycles on both ends. We are typically only showing slides (like powerpoint, but different program) - still images at 800x600, but sometimes play video clips through the PC as well (usually only youtube, nothing HD quality).

I have a laptop with both VGA out and HDMI out, and a wall plate to connect to the room projector with a VGA Female port.

We are currently using a 100 foot VGA male/male cable (only really need ~40 feet, but it's what we had). The pins in the cable are starting to get bent from constant plugging over ~5 years and periodically I lose Red. (makes graphics look pretty funny sometimes).

I am considering getting a ~40 foot HDMI male/male and then converting the signal to VGA on the one end to connect to the wall plate. This will likely need to be an active conversion to be clean though. I could do HDMI/DVI and convert that, which seems a more common conversion method. Most of the converters I've seen though assume VGA is the input to the converter, and I would do HDMI in to VGA out conversion.

Does anybody have any recommendations on this setup, glaring issues, better ways of doing this? Clearly I'd rather do this without conversion, but I'm not sure getting another VGA/VGA cable is the best bet.

Thanks for any comments/suggestions.

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post #2 of 5 Old 08-11-2013, 01:19 PM
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Conversion is probably not the best answer. What about a replacement setup using VGA-over-cat5. Cable is cheap, small, more flexible, and cheap... biggrin.gif

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get another long VGA cable, they are relatively cheap and will stand up to repeated coiling and bending better than a conventional cat5 patch cord and the associated dongles needed to convert it to VGA plus you won't be introducing two or more points of failure into the system. Hopefully the church will need a new projector before you are no longer using a laptop with VGA output. Worry about upgrading things to HDMI then.

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I think I'd just buy another VGA cable :shrug:

Or another projector! biggrin.gifwink.gif
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I bought a laptop at work without checking the video out options, and it only had an HDMI output. I was able to scrounge a DVI to VGA converter (about $130, but free to me, since it was no longer in use in its original system) and got a HDMI/DVI cable. It works, but it is a pain to have to carry the converter around in order to give presentations.

However, given your current cable has lasted 5 yrs, I would just buy another VGA cable. They're $13.98 (http://www.monoprice.com/products/product.asp?seq=1&format=2&p_id=3572&CAWELAID=1329448409&catargetid=320013720000010651&cadevice=c&cagpspn=pla&gclid=CP-VhsHr-bgCFQpxQgodHmkAmQ), which over 260 (5*52) Sundays is about a nickle a use. Hard to find cheaper.
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