Originally Posted by petern
Component to VGA (meaning a cable that has 3 RCA plugs on one end and a HD-15 on the other) works ONLY if your computer monitor accepts a Component video signal. Chances are it won't: the only devices I've seen that accepted a component signal on the VGA interface are older projectors and commercial monitors from NEC and Panasonic. Just because two Plugs are compatible with each others (you are are in the process of learning this) does NOT mean that the Signals sent over those interfaces are compatible.
Well crap...you're right, this is certainly a learning experience. Looks like it's time to sell the monitor and pick one up with a better input set than just single VGA and DVI connections.
Now, here's the thing that does confuse me though: this (or, one like it) is what I purchased: http://www.buy.com/prod/dekcell-hdmi...211191747.html
The description starts "This HDMI to VGA HD15 (Male) connects your HDMI-equipped device, HDTV (NOT FROM COMPUTER OR LAPTOP) to your monitor." The recommended uses then specifically includes "HDTV receivers". So, it sure seems to me that HDMI to VGA should work, in this case, in the first place.
That said, I don't want to screw around with it any more than I already have...and a new monitor would be nice, anyway.