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What cables needed please

Hi guys
Just bought a second hand optoma ts400 from a charity shop, and was wondering how I get the machine to connect with Panasonic dvd/cd home surround,PlayStation 3 or a firestick as it has no hdmi port!!!!!
The images below are of the back of the projector and home cinema surround and some cables,I bought a hdmi to vga adapter male to female but the projector is not recognising it, any advice would be very well appreciated
Thanks in advance guys
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Hi guys
Just bought a second hand optoma ts400 from a charity shop, and was wondering how I get the machine to connect with Panasonic dvd/cd home surround,PlayStation 3 or a firestick as it has no hdmi port!!!!!
The images below are of the back of the projector and home cinema surround and some cables,I bought a hdmi to vga adapter male to female but the projector is not recognising it, any advice would be very well appreciated
Thanks in advance guys
I’ve attached some photos
Have you looked at this? Going to have to go old school for connections.

https://www.projectorcentral.com/pdf...anual_3239.pdf
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Thank you

Yeah thanks for that mate but I’m still struggling as the devices I want to plug in are hdmi cables and don’t have the video socket etc to connect at the other end so I think I need hdmi to vga? Lead but I’m not sure, cheers buddy
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You need composite (RCA yellow) component (RCA RGB) or S-video output on your device. They sell a cable that is VGA to component that will adapt to your projector and work.

If you need a long RCA cable for composite or 3 long RCA cables for component they sell RCA to F connectors in both male and female that will let you run a long coax cables to get to the projector.

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So, you shouldn't have bought that projector. That's pretty much what nobody has said to you, and I'm sorry I'm the one saying it.

There is no good way to go from digital (HDMI) to analog (VGA). With older projectors you may also have issues with the resolution you are trying to feed the projector.

That said, if you get a HDMI splitter like this one, it may remove the HDCP (copyright protection) and allow you to then use an active HDMI to VGA converter.
Beware, this may or may not remove the HDCP...
https://www.amazon.com/ViewHD-Powere...1388&s=gateway

Then a HDMI to VGA adapter...
https://www.amazon.com/UGREEN-Adapte...s%2C121&sr=8-5

If that's like what you have, then there are any number of things to check...
1. Make sure the video output of your game system or BD player is set to 720p or 1080i. This projector does not accept 1080p in ANY format.
2. Maybe try a HDMI to component video adapter.
https://www.amazon.com/HDMI-Componen...-1-spons&psc=1
You will need a VGA to component video adapter as well..
https://www.amazon.com/Monoprice-Com...gateway&sr=8-8

If none of this works, but hooking up a PC works, you may want to try some other services or options, like running Plex and downloading some videos for playback from a laptop through the projector.

At the end though, this projector is a 13 year old design that was already lacking digital inputs when it was produced. It was inexpensive at the time and very low resolution (800x600).

I am hopeful you paid next to nothing for it, but if I were to make any recommendation, it would be to hook up a laptop and not spend any more money walking down the wrong path with this model if you can avoid it. It just doesn't make sense. Try to get your money back and then try an entry level projector. Used W1070 projectors, which are amazing, are going for under $300. They will, in all honesty, really blow you away with a 120"+ image in a dark room.

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Thanks for reply’s guys I’ve got the ps working at the mo but no sound I think the ugreen adapter could be the way forward as it has a sound jack so think this might sort it here’s hoping, yep your right it cost me about 20bucks so no probs if it doesn’t work,
Thanks guys I’ll keep you posted on how I get on
Cheers mike
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