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Old 03-12-09, 09:47 PM   #1
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Windows Vista and HDMI Output

I recently bought a new Dell Computer with Windows Vista. It has an HDMI output. I ran an HDMI cable directly from my computer to the HDMI input on my TV, in hopes of making it one big monitor, of course it did not work. Can someone assist in telling me what I need to press or push to get this working.
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Old 03-13-09, 12:25 AM   #2
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Re: Windows Vista and HDMI Output

You have to put the pc in a resolution the tv can handle before you change it. Also hdmi can be gay and take a long time to resync, basically longer than res takes to change and the time you get to hit ok to apply it.
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Old 03-13-09, 07:28 AM   #3
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Re: Windows Vista and HDMI Output

I disagree hdtv. You don't have to change any resolution settings. I have a Dell Laptop with Vista and HDMI. I plug it in, and it's is ready to go. You have switched your TV to the HDMI input correct?

If that still doesn't work trying hitting the FN button and F8. Click it once, wait 5 seconds. If nothing on your screen then click it again and wait 5 seconds. Third time should be the last time you have to do it.
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Old 03-13-09, 10:24 AM   #4
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Re: Windows Vista and HDMI Output

I have a Vista computer connected to a monitor via HDMI with no problems. It may be a "handshake" issue. Did you already have one or both components on when you attached the HDMI cable? Try turning everything off and back on again. I'm not saying that's definitely the problem, but give it a shot.
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Old 03-13-09, 11:09 AM   #5
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Re: Windows Vista and HDMI Output

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You have to put the pc in a resolution the tv can handle before you change it. Also hdmi can be gay and take a long time to resync, basically longer than res takes to change and the time you get to hit ok to apply it.
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There might be something special you have to set in the video card's control center to get it to work with a TV, besides setting the right resolution. For ATI, it's under Digital Panel and then HDTV support.
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Old 03-13-09, 02:33 PM   #6
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Re: Windows Vista and HDMI Output

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I disagree hdtv. You don't have to change any resolution settings.
You may not have to, but if the PC is outputting a resolution your HDTV can't handle, then will may have to change the resolution being output.
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Old 03-13-09, 04:14 PM   #7
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Re: Windows Vista and HDMI Output

True. I just noticed that my resolution automatically changes when they "handshake."
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Old 03-17-09, 10:02 AM   #8
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Re: Windows Vista and HDMI Output

i dont think you can assume all will automatically change

would help to know model/specs of tv
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Old 03-17-09, 10:15 AM   #9
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Re: Windows Vista and HDMI Output

You can't assume it , because they don't. Well I guess you could assume it but you'd be wrong lol. But you'd know pretty fast as you wouldn't be getting any signal so it's fairly obvious problem.
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Old 04-04-09, 02:02 PM   #10
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Re: Windows Vista and HDMI Output

Rather than starting a new thread, I'll ask this here. I have a new Dell StudioXPS laptop running Vista Home Premium 64-bit. When I connect it to my HDTV using HDMI, the picture shows up fine. But I don't get any sound coming out of my TV/receiver. The only sound I get is from the laptop's speakers.

HDMI should pass through both the audio and video, right? Do I need a separate audio cable? Or is there some setting I need to choose on either the PC or TV? (According to my PC's sound settings, my "Digital Output Device (HDMI)" is working)

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Old 04-04-09, 03:16 PM   #11
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Re: Windows Vista and HDMI Output

HDMI from computers typically doesn't pass sound.
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Old 04-04-09, 06:03 PM   #12
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Re: Windows Vista and HDMI Output

^so true and frustrating.
There's finally a card (for destop PC's... not laptops) that will pass sound through HDMI.
Asus Xonar HDAV1.3. Unfortunately, I can't find one locally. Plus, I'm scared that, if I order one, I'll have some random problem that can't be easily fixed.
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Old 04-04-09, 06:10 PM   #13
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Re: Windows Vista and HDMI Output

There are several cards that have that feature now, but they don't make a big deal of letting you know about it.

The Asus EN9800GT is one. You might want to check into that one, it's very quiet.

The ATI HD 4830 might be another. I haven't tried their audio capabilities myself.
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Old 04-05-09, 12:06 PM   #14
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Re: Windows Vista and HDMI Output

I don't think your stupid but I'm going to ask stupid questions.
1. What exactly do you mean by it didn't work? What exactly happen. Black screen maybe?
2. Did you change the tv to right input?
3. Did you cycle through your inputs to make sure the picture wasn't on a different one?
4. Does the resolution of the tv match the computer? I would probably just set the computer to something I knew the tv could handle.
5. Does the tv have a dvi or vga port that you could hook the computer to for testing?

I have my pc hooked up to the tv. I didn't have to do anything special to get it to work. I have my tv set to dot to dot and it has a pc mode but I have no idea what it does. The screen shows up on any mode I set it to.
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Old 04-05-09, 07:39 PM   #15
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Re: Windows Vista and HDMI Output

Thanks for mentioning sound cards. It made me remember I never installed the extra sound card I bought with the computer. I installed the card last night, hooked the PC up to the TV and, lo and behold, I heard sound from my speakers. Looks like the card I bought (Creative ExpressCard Sound Blaster X-Fi) does pass the audio through HDMI. Perfect.
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Old 04-06-09, 11:06 AM   #16
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Re: Windows Vista and HDMI Output

I have an XPS 13" and it passes sound. It was kinda weird to get going, but go into control panel, then sound and it's in there, to set HDMI as default sound, you may have to "re-handshake" or something, but it works for me...
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