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My Samsung PS-50P96FD has just arrived but I'm having difficulty connecting it to my PC using a DVI to HDMI cable. One end is plugged into the second HDMI socket on the back of the Samsung, and the other end is plugged into the second DVI socket of my Asus 8800GTX graphics card.

In Vista, I can configure the nVidia Control Panel to have the two screens in Dualview, and the Samsung is recognised, but all I get is a blue screen on the Samsung, which is my Desktop background colour, but I can't drag any windows or files from my primary Dell monitor desktop across the Samsung screen.

Can anyone please help, thanks!
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My Samsung PS-50P96FD has just arrived but I'm having difficulty connecting it to my PC using a DVI to HDMI cable. One end is plugged into the second HDMI socket on the back of the Samsung, and the other end is plugged into the second DVI socket of my Asus 8800GTX graphics card.

In Vista, I can configure the nVidia Control Panel to have the two screens in Dualview, and the Samsung is recognised, but all I get is a blue screen on the Samsung, which is my Desktop background colour, but I can't drag any windows or files from my primary Dell monitor desktop across the Samsung screen.

Can anyone please help, thanks!

Try hdmi number 1 on the plasma, on my 5884 port one is only capable of dvi from computer.

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Thanks for the reply but I've tried the cable in all 3 HDMI sockets but there's no difference... the Samsung screen shows my desktop but I can't drag any open windows or files across... I've spent hours on this but I just can't work out why dualview won't function properly!
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In the Samsung shop, I asked the assistant if the TV can be used as a PC monitor via HDMI/DVI, and he said yes, and even sold me an HDMI cable to DVI. However, the manual seems to say that it's not possible:

HDMI IN 1, HDMI IN 2

− Connect to the HDMI jack of a device with
HDMI output. These inputs can also be used
as a DVI connection with separate analog
audio inputs. An optional HDMI/DVI cable
will be necessary to make this connection.
When using the optional HDMI/DVI adapter,
the DVI analog audio inputs on your TV
allow you to receive left and right audio from
your DVI device. (Not compatible with PC)

− When connecting this product via HDMI or
DVI to a Set Top Box, DVD Player or Games
Console etc, make sure that it has been
set to a compatible video output mode as
shown in the table below. Failure to observe
this may result in picture distortion, image
breakup or no picture.

− Do not attempt to connect the HDMI/DVI
connector to a PC or Laptop Graphics Card.
(This will result in a blank screen being
displayed)

Am I right that the manual says that a HDMI/DVI TV to PC connection isn't possible?
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The manual is wrong, sort of. I have a 8800gts that will not connect to the hdmi. I suspect that the hdcp prevents it from connecting. i then put a old 5700 fx card in my computer (non hdcp) and it runs all day long in 1080p with the latest nvidia driver.

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Am I right that the manual says that a HDMI/DVI TV to PC connection isn't possible?

They only say that so they don't have to troubleshoot issues like this. HTPCs can be impossibly complicated and Samsung doesn't want their CS reps wasting time dealing with computer-related issues.
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the Samsung screen shows my desktop but I can't drag any open windows or files across... I've spent hours on this but I just can't work out why dualview won't function properly!

I had that exact problem when hooking up my laptop to my Pioneer plasma via VGA. The solution for me was to set the TV as the primary monitor and the laptop screen as the secondary monitor. It worked fine after that.

I think the problem had to do with the different resolutions between my laptop screen (1280x800) and my plasma (1360x768). I'm guessing as long as the resolutions differ, you can't use both screens at the same time.
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