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I just ordered a new video card for my PC, and I am looking to run HDMI from the card to my Home Theater. The problem is I will need to run it over a door frame, as there is a doorway between the PC and my receiver.... so, it will need to be able to make a few 90 degree bends. Is this even possible? Are there other options?
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...it will need to be able to make a few 90 degree bends. Is this even possible?

Not without damaging the cable and affecting its performance. With any HDMI cable, you need to observe the minimum bend radius. Manufacturers publish this information for their cables. If you cannot find it, a good rule of thumb is 10 times the diameter, e.g. you shouldn't bend a cable with .25" diameter any tighter than a 2.5" radius.
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LOL. You are looking for those waffer-thin cable like in cameras aren't ya.

I see a drilled hole in your future.

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Hmmm, so it ain't gonna happen huh? LOL, Oh well, was worth a shot, I guess I could just disconnect it when not using it.
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Hmmm, so it ain't gonna happen huh? LOL, Oh well, was worth a shot, I guess I could just disconnect it when not using it.

Be careful of hurting the connector with repeated connection cycles. And one more thing that will make it more difficult many components expect to be off when a connection is made.

Sorry, but this just isn't one of the things HDMI was really designed for.
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Replace solid door with a louvre (plantation style) door!

but seriously, I suppose if u live in a place where they inspect u every six months, u don't have a choice, but holes can be patched and re-painted on and nobody even notice.

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What about buying one male to female HDMI cable, and one male to male? Like a short male to female that I can leave connected to the vid card, and then the longer male to male connected to the receiver? Then I could just tuck the one connected to the receiver behind the stand when not in use?
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If your budget is flexible, there is always thin clear fiber cable.
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That's a bit too pricey for me, haha, I ordered the two cables ( male to male, and male to female ), and will see how that works.
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If your budget is flexible, there is always thin clear fiber cable.

By "flexible" he really meant bent-able (read post) and fiber, while can be somewhat more flexible than copper cannot do 90 degree bents.

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By "flexible" he really meant bent-able (read post) and fiber, while can be somewhat more flexible than copper cannot do 90 degree bents.

True, but it's about as close to that angle as it's going to get. And the clear fiber is pretty thin, I can get it to go 90 degrees with very slight slack, not enough to be noticeable.
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Yep, the fiber itself is really flexible. I didn't realize how much so until I watched the technicians run FTTH at my place and stripped the cable to terminate it. I think the practical limiting factor when running a sheathed fiber is how flexible the sheath is.
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Well, the two cable setup worked just fine. Thanks for all of the info !!
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