Originally Posted by stoneagebeauty
Heres the skinny... I have this old television that, in all respects, is a dinosaur compared to most new tv's. Its big and heavy and a pain. BUT, this is a reliable, built ford tough HDTV flatscreen. this thing was built before hdmi was the standard and there isnt even a vga hookup. what im asking is....as long as the hd connectors work can i get an HDMI to a HD RCA component cable to work? im moving soon and it would be a real shame to have to leave it behind just because i couldnt get my laptop hooked up to it.
No. HDMI is digital. Component video is analog. You'll need a device to convert. That device may be more expensive than a new TV (depending upon the TV's size).
If you go through the archives you'll find the name of such a device but, while not illegal (as in go to jail), it is against the HDMI adopters agreement. Your case is a perfect example of why it should be allowed but it is not. HDMI was intentionally designed to prevent decoding into HD analog video formats.
BTW, TVs used to be built by Ford - Philco Ford. They weren't really tough or reliable in the end.