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Old 05-11-09, 10:54 PM   #1
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Question 8800GTX DVI to old HDMI TV?

My brother wants to use his PC (down stairs) with his TV (up stairs) and because of his current setup (he has the down stairs TV connected to it already via a VGA to S-Vid converter box) he only has two options. Either use HDMI or composite video (bleghh).

Cost is definitely a factor, so expensive converters are out of the questions.

I'm not very familiar with HDMI and TVs in general but he has an 8800GTX (one from late '06... when they were released) with two DVI and a TV Out. He also has an Auzentech Xplosion sound card.

My main concern is with his TV and his video card.

The TV is a rather old Toshiba 720P\1080i CRT HDTV, I believe this is it: (spec sheet) (manual)

I was surprised that it even had HDMI, so I don't know if there are any issues with older HDMI TVs.

With the video card, I'm fairly certain that the 8800GTX doesn't have SPDIF pass through support through the DVI. Are there any other issues with sticking a DVI-HDMI adapter on this card other than the lack of audio over HDMI?

Also, any other suggestions or tips will be helpful.

I understand this is far from a perfect setup, but he's trying to make use of what he has available without breaking the bank. He would normally just use his PC and TV down stairs but he has a 1 year old daughter and its become nearly impossible for him to spend any time on his recently upgraded computer (Core 2 Quad @ 3.6Ghz, 4Gb DDR2, 8800GTX...) so he'd like to be able to do it from the living room up stairs.

BTW, is the only thing that's made this even remotely possible. You can get two 25 foot HDMI cables for $15 a piece, or a 50 foot composite A\V cable for a measly $12. 16 foot USB cables with built in repeaters are like $11. Even a new video converter box would only cost $27.

EDIT: Also, are there any issues with running 40-50 feet of HDMI, coax digital audio, RCA stereo or USB cables?
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