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Mojo Rising
12-18-2008, 07:59 PM
Do they even make cards to add vidoe outs to PC's? I bought a new 24" widescreen that has HDMI and VGA inputs. My PC

( http://www.officedepot.com/a/products/443090/HP-Pavilion-a6400f-Desktop-Computer-With/ )

only has a VGA output.

I have added memory and swapped out a dvd burner in a pc before. I have read that HDMI greatly improves the quality.

J Diddy
12-18-2008, 08:04 PM
just get a new video card with video out from any computer store, pull the old one put the new one in. Install drivers. Enjoy the porn.

Mr. Laz
12-18-2008, 08:42 PM
just get a new video card with video out from any computer store, pull the old one put the new one in. Install drivers. Enjoy the porn.
yep

1. do you have integrated video (in motherboard) or do you have a video card that's in a slot?

2. what kind of video slots does your computer motherboard support (none,PCI,PCI-E,AGP

3. if computer has video card slot like AGP etc then you can add a card easily and pretty cheaply and usually get better performance than an integrated one.


btw the easiest way to tell whether your video is integrated is by where the video line connection is made on the back of your computer.

you should have several slots where "cards" are down at the bottom on the back of your computer. If the monitor cable connects down there to a card ..... you're golden. If the monitor cable connects up high into a motherboard port like a USB cable does then you have to check to see if you have other options.

Mr. Laz
12-18-2008, 08:51 PM
btw ...... i just looked your computer up and it looked like it comes with integrated video as the default standard.

but it also shows PCI-E video slots has "available"

so you might have it and might not depending on the type of setup you purchased.

Count Zarth
12-18-2008, 08:59 PM
My 8800 GTS came with a TV-out. I hook it up to my HDTV occasionally via component cable. Looks great. Watched Jedi the other day in 1080p.

Mojo Rising
12-18-2008, 09:17 PM
I just checked the back and I don't know where another out put would fit. The back of my computer looks like this:

5 audio outs (top)
2 rows USB and etehnert
(2nd row usb)
vga
digital audio in and out
mouse/keyboard outs (bottom)

I ran a quick search for HDMI video card pc and the price range was $50 - $400. What do I need?

Here are the specs for my PC:

Item # 443090
memory 3 GB
processor model Intel Pentium Dual-Core E2200
hard drive capacity 500 GB
included integrated drives DVD±RW/DVD-RAM/DVD±R Double Layer
operating system Windows Vista Home Premium with Service Pack 1
video hardware Intel Graphics Media Accelerator X3100
model name Pavilion a6400f
processor speed 2.2 GHz
frontside bus speed 800 MHz
maximum memory capacity 8 GB
memory speed PC2-6400
memory type DDR2 SDRAM
video memory 128MB dedicated; 287MB total available
audio hardware High Definition Audio, 8 speaker configurable
modem standard 56K V.90
Wi-Fi capability included (Wi-Fi ready) no
Ethernet port yes
infrared port no
integrated memory card reader yes
software included yes
warranty length 1-year limited
number of FireWire ports 2
number of parallel ports 0
number of PS/2 ports 2
number of S-video outputs 0
number of serial ports 0
number of USB 1.1 ports 0
number of USB 2.0 ports 6
number of VGA video ports 1
peripherals included keyboard; mouse
brand name HP
manufacturer Hewlett-Packard

Braincase
12-18-2008, 09:38 PM
I dropped an NVIDIA card into one of my systems, and was pleased to find out that it had a component-video adapter for the card. Didn't need it, because my new plasma screen also supported a computer interface as well.

Mr. Laz
12-18-2008, 09:42 PM
looks like Mojo is gonna have to open his computer and see if he has a PCI-E slot or not ...... that's really the crux of the matter imo.

adding a video card is simple if you have a slot for it

Mojo Rising
12-18-2008, 10:02 PM
How do I tell if I have a PCI-E slot when the case is off?

Mr. Laz
12-18-2008, 10:12 PM
How do I tell if I have a PCI-E slot when the case is off?
it should say in your computer book IF it gives you good enough manual that actually shows your motherboard layout.

btw you should only have to open the one side door on the computer


but alot of computers that are pre-packaged don't

it should look something like this:

http://img357.imageshack.us/img357/663/1313118204bx3.jpg

the PCI Express card slot is not alway blue ..... but it's usually a different color

the regular pci card slots are almost always white


if you ahve the little pci-express slots, but not the big, one you can buy an adapter i believe

Mojo Rising
12-18-2008, 10:50 PM
I just got off the phone with Jason (aka Jayander) from the HP Tech Support.

He says I have integrated video and a PCI and PCI-E slot.

He gave me a link to the exact specs.

http://h10025.www1.hp.com/ewfrf/wc/document?docname=c01390590&cc=us&dlc=en&lc=en&jumpid=reg_R1002_USEN

So how do I narrow my search for the right card? When I entered "HDMI PC video card" quite a few different products showed up.

Count Zarth
12-18-2008, 11:15 PM
I'm guessing you have a pretty small case? So you don't want to buy a video card that's going to be too big. Some of the newer cards are GIANT bricks.

This might fit your needs:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814121259

Count Zarth
12-18-2008, 11:16 PM
By the way, while we're having this conversation, does anyone know of any laptop solutions for TV-OUT? Preferably component or HDMI.

Taco John
12-18-2008, 11:22 PM
Unless I did something wrong, I believe that all of these are HDMI capable, and will work with your motherboard. (http://www.newegg.com/Product/ProductList.aspx?Submit=ENE&N=2000380048+1069633099+1320923120&Configurator=&Subcategory=48&description=&Ntk=&SpeTabStoreType=&srchInDesc=HDMI)

Mojo Rising
12-18-2008, 11:39 PM
Thanks for the tips all.

Taco and Gochiefs replies are cool in that I have been minor adversaries on a few topics in the past. It is nice that they are offering advice.

Kind of makes me feel like PC in the PC - Mac ads where they decorate the tree and PC dogs Mac out wih the lights.

Must be the Holiday spirit!

(Taco - While growing up my Dad owned a few Taco Johns franchises in the KC Metro Area. It would have been easier for me if an antiChief poster would have been called Taco Bell.)

'Hamas' Jenkins
12-19-2008, 02:08 AM
My 8800 GTS came with a TV-out. I hook it up to my HDTV occasionally via component cable. Looks great. Watched Jedi the other day in 1080p.

Hate to break this to you, but you probably didn't. Almost no commercially available TVs accept 1080 over component (and to the best of my knowledge, none of the Star Wars Films have been released in HD, so you really watched it at 480p upscaled.

J Diddy
12-19-2008, 02:18 AM
Hate to break this to you, but you probably didn't. Almost no commercially available TVs accept 1080 over component (and to the best of my knowledge, none of the Star Wars Films have been released in HD, so you really watched it at 480p upscaled.



dude

you trying to kill this guy?

Count Zarth
12-19-2008, 02:32 AM
Hate to break this to you, but you probably didn't. Almost no commercially available TVs accept 1080 over component (and to the best of my knowledge, none of the Star Wars Films have been released in HD, so you really watched it at 480p upscaled. Eh, whatever. Still looked good. The file running on my PC was 1080p. I'm well aware SW isn't available on bluray. It was capped from an HD satellite broadcast. Dig the screencap: http://img254.imageshack.us/img254/9848/81526859cl4.jpg

Braincase
12-19-2008, 05:10 PM
By the way, while we're having this conversation, does anyone know of any laptop solutions for TV-OUT? Preferably component or HDMI.

Can't say I've really explored that with notebooks. Both of my new plasma's will take standard PC VGA output as well as DVI.

Braincase
12-22-2008, 06:42 AM
Hey, check out Woot today if you're looking for a Mac/PC to HDTV solution. http://www.woot.com

It's not computer out to HDTV, but setting your notebook up as an HDYV, with wireless reception.

Looks interesting.