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Connecting my PC to both TV and Projector using reciever

post #1 of 11
Thread Starter 
Hi
I have a media center PC (with both HDMI and DVi out) , Onkyo 160 receiver and a projector with only component input.

I want to connect my PC to both TV (for normal use) and projector for occasional use.

I have connected the HDMI out of my PC to one of the HDMI inputs of the receiver. HDMI out of the reciver is connected to TV and component out is connected to projector.

TV works fine , but I don't get any picture on projector which I beleive is because the receiver cannot downgrade from HDMI to component.

If I just connect the PC and receiver with component as well as HDMI then will my projector and TV both work.

Thanks
post #2 of 11
I have an EVGA 8600GTS. I output VGA to my HDTV, and use.... bare with me... A DVI to HDMI out from the video card to my ASUS Xonar (for HD audio) then out to my Onkyo AVR. The AVR outputs HDMI (full 1080p) to my Optoma HD20.

The AVR (in cunjuction with my Harmony remote) outputs audio for both HDTV and the PJ utilizing the HDMI audio.

It sounds a bit confusing when I type it. Setting it up wasn't so bad.

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Originally Posted by a_handa View Post

a projector with only component input.

They do have DVI to component cables dont they, maybe you could try those?
post #3 of 11
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Originally Posted by xzener View Post

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They do have DVI to component cables dont they, maybe you could try those?

DVI to Component cables require an analog signal to be sent over the DVI.

The DVI standard has three types:
- DVI-D which is a purely digital signal, and uses half the pins in the DVI connector
- DVI-A which is an analog signal, and uses the other half of the pins in the connector
- DVI-I which specifies a cable or port that supports both DVI-A and DVI-D concurrently.

Once you adapt a DVI signal to HDMI, you are utilizing only the DVI-D signal... trying to, then, adapt the signal to component would give you nothing because you already discarded the analog signal.
post #4 of 11
Will your receiver convert Component to HDMI? Just hook up the PC w/ Component maybe and tell the RCVr to output via HDMI or Component as needed.

What about this....


PC (HDMI) -> Receiver -> TV
PC (Comp) -> Projector (directly)

then tell the PC to mirror the outputs so it sends out the same visual on both Component and HDMI?
post #5 of 11
Thread Starter 
Actually I was thinking of doing this so that I can add more devices later which I want to watch on projector. Later I can just plug in more devices to the receiver and use projector component as the output.

PC (HDMI) -> Receiver (HDMI)-> TV (HDMI)
PC (DVI) -> Receiver (Comp) -> Projector (Comp)

Will this work ?
post #6 of 11
As long as you aren't passing audio through the HDMI, you should be fine.

If you ARE using the HDMI for audio, check to see if you can select HDMI as the audio input while Component is the video... some receivers can do this, others can't.
post #7 of 11
Thread Starter 
Yes for the HDMI connection I am using it for both video and audio. For the component connection I can put a additional digital coaxial audio from PC to receiver.
post #8 of 11
My HDMI audio works for both VGA (browsing the net, MCE on HDTV) and the HDMI connected projector. My AVR has the ability to select the audio input source for any video input.
post #9 of 11
Thread Starter 
I tried connecting the DVI-Component to the projector but am getting a very low resolution 640-480 and lots of image flickering. What can I do to fix this issue ?
post #10 of 11
How long is the cable from the HTPC to the PJ?? You can get video degradation from cables. I'm running a 35 ft HDMI from my AVR to my PJ. It has a beautiful 1080p@24/60 picture.

I tried a 35 ft VGA cable with horrible results, ground loop. So I mainly use VGA for browsing the internet, and HDMI for watching movies.

I would recommend a new PJ, you can pickup an Optoma HD20 for $999.
post #11 of 11
I am also wanting to connect my pc (along with other components) to my receiver, which would then output via HDMI to my projector.

From what I understand, a simple VGA to component cable will not work. I will need a video card to output a Component signal, and an adapter VGA to Component, right?
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