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HDMI to VGA cable connecting satellite receiver to computer monitor not working

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I want to use my computer Benq lcd monitor to watch TV by connecting it to a full HD satellite receiver set top box. My lcd monitor only has a VGA input. So I bought an HDMI to VGA cable, connected the HDMI to the receiver, and connected the VGA to the monitor. It did not work. The message on my monitor says "no cable connected".

Any idea how to get this to work? do I need extra hardware? what am I missing here?
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http://www.amazon.com/HDMI-VGA-converter-Audio-Converter/dp/B003O55U8K

http://www.walmart.com/ip/StarTech-HDMI-to-VGA-Adapter-Converter-for-Desktop-PC-Laptop-Ultrabook/26464398
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Originally Posted by Jack289 View Post

I want to use my computer Benq lcd monitor to watch TV by connecting it to a full HD satellite receiver set top box. My lcd monitor only has a VGA input. So I bought an HDMI to VGA cable, connected the HDMI to the receiver, and connected the VGA to the monitor. It did not work. The message on my monitor says "no cable connected".

Any idea how to get this to work? do I need extra hardware? what am I missing here?

HDMI is digital, VGA is analog. Is there a converter in line that converts digital to VGA? Where does the sound go? HDMI can carry sound, VGA does not...


Basically, there is no way to go from HDMI to VGA without some sort of converter.

If you DVI input on the monitor, you may be able to get an HDMI to DVI adapter, but you are still not going to produce sound.

Also, if the sat receiver requires HDCP "talk back" then you are SOL.
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If you are in the US, both DirecTV and Dish have free software to stream your recordings to a PC. This will be a lot cheaper than what you are trying to do. In fact, a whole new monitor will probably be cheaper.
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If you are in the US, both DirecTV and Dish have free software to stream your recordings to a PC. This will be a lot cheaper than what you are trying to do. In fact, a whole new monitor will probably be cheaper.

New monitor would be a better deal:


http://www.bestbuy.com/site/samsung-21-5-led-hd-monitor-red/8682086.p?id=1218884670047&skuId=8682086&cmp=RMX&ky=1whxm51gbOgORrn6M8JOUlLjDtR0yY7Rx
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