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DVI port on Sony Trinitron KV-32HS500 not standard.What fits it?

I'm trying to cable connect from laptop computer to Sony Trinitron for webstreaming. I was sold a "standard DVI male plug" from Tiger Direct that has one larger horizontal piece with has two pins above as well as two pins below this horizontal metal piece on their plug, with several pins on the other end. Meanwhile back at the ranch, on the back of the Trinitron there are two vertical slots and a smaller horizontal slot on the right with various pin slots on the left end. I bought the TV used from a friend's son who conveniently forget to give me the cable and owner's manual before he moved 5 states away (first state being Texas). Any and all rational ideas will be considered.
While typing this I am speaking to Sony and am being told this port labeled DVI is for DVI-HDTV and not for computer webstreaming......any way around that?? Anyone in south Texas want to trade a great TV for one that will receive webstreaming????

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  • pistache Mar 19, 2009

    did you find a solution for this?

  • Anonymous Mar 24, 2009

    Any updates on this issue? I am in exactly the same boat.

    Thanks in advance

  • jarblue938 Apr 29, 2009

    I have a similar problem, as I am trying to use the TV as a second monitor for my office set up.  I did get the TV working as a computer monitor via the DVI connection, but it will only display in 16:9.  The other problem is getting the resolution correct.  My UltraMon software will not recognize the TV as a second monitor, so I have to use my nVidia control manager.  I found a forum that said the Hi-Scan Trinitrons (which is what this TV has) have a display resolution of 853x1080, but it still looked stretched.  If I find a resolution that works, I'll be sure to post it.

    I have found the problem to be associated with the way this TV displays from any HD-capable source (read HD as 1080i or 1080p).  Whenever you connect a device to the DVI port the TV will only display a 16:9 ratio (I think this is a terrible design given the TV is 4:3, but there's nothing you can do).  The same thing happens when you hook up an HD device via the component inputs.  However, if you hook up a non-HD device to the component inputs, the TV will display 4:3 at full screen and will letterbox anything 16:9 (i.e. it will act normal, but not HD).  For example, my HD cable box connected to the TV via component cables displays all HD channels in 16:9, but crops non-HD channels to 4:3 from within that 16:9 screen (which makes all my regular cable channels super small in the TV screen).  But if I plug my Sony PS2 into the TV via component cables, it will display games full screen and movies at 16:9 ratio (because the PS2 is not HD-capable).

    BTW, I solved my cable problem before by connecting both component cables and composite cables for HD and non-HD channels, respectively.  The biggest pain was this makes me switch the TV's input everytime I switch from HD to non-HD channels or vice versa for it to look right.


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I've just recently connected my old 32" Sony KV-32HS510 to my HP G60 Laptop via an HDMI (laptop) to DVI HDTV port(TV) with a cable.

I'm running Windows Vista on my laptop with the nVidia software. Once I've plugged in the TV to the HDMI port, the software initializes (recognizes the TV) and then I can select it as my second 'monitor' in the nVidia control panel.

I found I had to tinker with the resolution settings in the nVidia program to find an optimal resolution where the sides of the screen weren't 'cut off' by the TV.. I finally ended up with the resolution 1152x768 (I believe). It might be different for everybody, as I'm told Vista might do things differently than XP... But you should be able to tinker with the resolution settings and adjust the screen size...

(hope this helps with the second post - above)

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  • TheRealSneak Feb 05, 2010

    ^^^ As for the first question, it sounds like you might have the bought the wrong DVI connector cable. I noticed there were a few different layouts of pins on the various types of DVI connectors available.

    You mentioned:

    "While typing this I am speaking to Sony and am being told this port labeled DVI is for DVI-HDTV and not for computer webstreaming......any way around that??"

    - I think Sony 'recommends' that you don't use the TV as a full-time monitor for your computer. This is to avoid having the desktop displayed on the screen too long and suffer from "Screen Burn". I think it's worse on Plasma tv's.

    I've started using the TV (my Sony 32" KV32HS510) as a 2nd monitor to view streaming webvideo recently, and it seems to have no ill effects.... Then again, maybe there will be long term side-effects, but I figure since I'm just using the TV intermittantly, I'm fine. The picture looks great!

    I've attached a small schematic showing the pin lay-out of the back of the TV (my TV) for the DVI plug... You'll notice the configuration of all the pins..

    ..I know that post was quite old, but I hope this helps anybody else trying to hook up their Sony TV's via the DVI HDTV plug. Seems to work great thus far!

  • TheRealSneak Feb 05, 2010

    Just attached this link to show you the different types of DVI connectors. The Sony TV I use uses the 4th connector down (in the link) the "DVI-D (dual link)" this is the configuration of pins that you want to buy for the DVI - HDTV connector in the back of your TV. (at least on my Sony KV32HS510)


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I tried the recommended cable to the TV, but I cannot get a picture. I have a Sony HSKV32HS500. I attached a VGA cable from the PC to the HDMI adapter I bought for the TV. I fired up the PC and went thru all the various options from the remote trying to find the right mode on the TV. Nothing worked! It does not display anything from the PC. What option did you find that worked?

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