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Hi. I have a computer with only VGA video out and a 3.5 mm audio jack. I'm wanting to hook it up to my avr rather than direct to the tv (for reasons of input compatibility with the avr) so I'll be converting to HDMI. I found an adapter that couples the VGA and 3.5 mm signals into HDMI, so i know it'll work. I'm wondering what problems might I face? Do the original VGA and 3.5 mm paths limit what kinds of / how much data the HDMI would transfer? I know the adapter up-scales the video signal but I'm worried if i'll still be limited in any way by the VGA and 3.5 mm. I'll appreciate your feedback. Thanks!
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You'd be better off spending that money on a video card for your PC that has HDMI output...

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You'd be better off spending that money on a video card for your PC that has HDMI output...

I understand that, for reasons of simplicity. But it doesn't entirely answer my question. I still want to know if I can get away with using an adapter. Will the VGA limit the capability of the HDMI? If so, I'll likely get a video card. Any suggestions for non-intensive, non-gaming use? Just a simple low-cost GPU is suitable I think.

Also, I've never installed a video card before. Is it a simple installation? Am i going to run into issues with routing audio through the gpu? If so, will it be easy to solve?

Would even this be overkill? http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2366997,00.asp
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I understand that, for reasons of simplicity. But it doesn't entirely answer my question. I still want to know if I can get away with using an adapter. Will the VGA limit the capability of the HDMI?

If you want HD out of your PC, the VGA converters may have issues, and you'll be limited to stereo audio (not surround sound) in any of those cases.
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If so, I'll likely get a video card. Any suggestions for non-intensive, non-gaming use? Just a simple low-cost GPU is suitable I think.

No suggestions off the top of my head, but yes, one with HDMI, 1080p and the HDMI audio support would be fine -they should be relatively cheap. Do some reading in the Home Theater PC forum here - better asked to that crowd anyway...
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Also, I've never installed a video card before. Is it a simple installation? Am i going to run into issues with routing audio through the gpu? If so, will it be easy to solve?

It can be a bit of a hassle to install - the hardware is easy, but getting the drivers and audio set up can the tough part.

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Thanks! I posted in the HTPC forum. Let's see if i can get them to drop some knowledge on me. biggrin.gif
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I found an adapter that couples the VGA and 3.5 mm signals into HDMI, so i know it'll work.
What adapter?

Some adapters are just BS cables - they don't work at all.

If you have an actual VGA to HDMI converter, then that should work fine, but may only work for certain resolutions on your TV and/or A/V receiver. Most of these products are designed for home video, so any use of a PC may cause some headaches which will need to be overcome.

I believe I got a cheap (sub $50) HDMI card for my desktop computer and it installed rather easily and works great. I checked the reviews at Newegg.com and just checked their reviews and I'm very satisfied.

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I actually did the same thing. Decided the adapter was more of a hastle. I got the asus radeon hd 6450 1gb for 50 bucks including shipping. I figure my old pc deserves an upgrade after all this time anyway.
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