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HDMI to VGA cable?

Hi, I recently bought a HDMI to VGA cord for my Raspberry Pi (V. 1).  After I received it, I tried it, but it did not work.  I did some research and from what I can find, running the cord straight from the Pi to a VGA screen will not work.  Is this correct?  Is there any way to use this cord?  Or is this just a useless cord?  Thanks in advance.  :)


frollard1 year ago
There is no passive conversion between hdmi and vga. The signals are totally different and have different wiring pinouts.

DVI and VGA are pin compatible - because the computer detects the vga connection and changes over to analog.
DVI and HDMI are pin compatable with extra features added to HDMI (audio and ethernet)

Unfortunately, HDMI is all digital, so an HDMI port is unable to output the analog signal used by a vga monitor. You can get an active conversion box that listens to the hdmi signal, and computes the vga signal, doing the conversion.
Something like this is available by searching for HDMI VGA Converter -
I found http://www.monoprice.com/products/product.asp?c_id=101&cp_id=10114&cs_id=1011410&p_id=8126&seq=1&format=2 for about 40 USD plus shipping.
salomon1996 (author)  frollard1 year ago
Thanks. Is there any use for this cord? Or do I have some scrap Gold now? :P
thankfully you didn't pay much. You could use it if you have a newer older computer video card that only has a vga connection you want to use for HDMI, otherwise, not useful.
From that auction
"NOTE: Your Video card must support digital signal output through VGA port function. Please consult with your VGA card's user manual for more information."

This is for your graphics card to output hdmi through the vga port, not for an hdmi port to output VGA signal.
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