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Does anybody have know anything about this cable?

my dad bought this VGA to HDMI cable online, but I can't get it to work.  Does anybody have any suggestions?  I already tried searching for an extra display, and adding it as a projector on multiple tvs, but I don't know if we got ripped off or what.  

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rickharris5 years ago
A quick google search shows any number of HDMI to VGA cable that look very similiar - NOTE HDMI to VGA.
furrysalamander (author)  rickharris5 years ago
I discovered that if I get the laptop to output digital through the vga, then it works. Do you have any idea on how to make that happen?
frollard5 years ago
Everyone else here is correct; some equipment expects to have hdmi>dvi>vga converters because they are somewhat pin compatible, but unless the video source is expecting to spit out vga over an hdmi port you're screwed.
thegeeke5 years ago
You got ripped off. It will need some sort of converter... VGA is analog, HDMI is digital. VGA uses differences in voltages, HDMI uses ones and zeros. (Basic explination) You need some kind circuitry to to convert the voltages in to on and off. I don't see a spot for circuitry. (also, you will not get audio... VGA doesn't do audio, HDMI does, and unless you use an external sound system (such as surround sound) that you could hook it into an input on that.
furrysalamander (author)  thegeeke5 years ago
I was concerned about that. Now I just have to convince him of that.
Yep! (You could just show him this question.... pretty much everyone is saying the same thing.)
Thermionic5 years ago
You got ripped off. Without converters in that cable (doesn't look like it has ANYTHING in the cable). No sound can get through. Sorry man, looks like a scam.
Also, as evidence of a scam, VGA is analog, HDMI is digital. That cable, alone, cannot possibly work. Maybe try to return it?
furrysalamander (author)  Thermionic5 years ago
Perhaps
jrh0655 years ago
I think that some TVs will have a problem with the resolution. The max resolution for VGA is quite a bit lower than what your TV is expecting to receive through its HDMI port. It's probably just not displaying the video because of this conflict, or possibly a similar issue with the refresh rates.

Another issue you may not have thought about is sound. VGA doesn't do sound, so you'll need another cable to pipe sound over to the TV, and if you're TV is like mine, then it won't have a separate sound input for HDMI.