Originally Posted by Worf
Well, when you connect an HDCP capable source to a non hdcp capable sink, then an unprotected video stream is sent. Depending on the source, this can be ok - pcs, tv cable boxes, etc, often don't care if the video is HDCP protected.
However, if you try to play some highdef video formats on your PC, like a Blu-Ray, they will request HDCP protection. If the link is already protected, great, else, it will try to establish an HDCP connection. If it fails (for example, the sink doesn't support hdcp) then you get e dreaded "HDCP not supported" style message or an error.
Most video cards will try to establish HDCP on connection, but if it's not supported,then it will be fine with an unencrypted link.
I had the following HDMI splitter.
I connected it between the receiver and HDMI-VGA converter and tried all combinations like connecting the TV first and then connecting the converter or pulling out the HDMI for TV while there was video. Unfortunately I was not able to get a signal with VGA. So there are two possibilities.
1. The splitter is bad
2. The splitter is "passive" meaning it has no active electronic components, so it must not be capable of stripping HDCP. If this is true, I would need an "active" splitter, e.g. a powered one, like below
I was about to give up on this as I did not want to purchase another splitter.
Today while looking around my cables, I found out an HDMI to DVI converter "passive" cable. Like below
And I connected it to the HDMI out of the receiver and one of my computer monitors. And surprisingly there was video in my monitor. So theory no 2. might be out. So now either I need a working splitter or a DVI to VGA converter.