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HDMI only for video and sound through regular audio input

I have Onkyo TX-SR804 receiver. All my equipment is connected through receiver to the TV Sharp Aquous 52''.
I am trying to connect desktop through this receiver to TV as well. I have cable that connect DVI from desktop to HDMI of receiver. However it doesn't provide the sound, so I want to use regular audio cables to connect to receiver.
The problem is that when I choose HDMI option for example for Video 1 input, it won't allow me to connect the audio in additiopn to HDMI.
My question is there is any possible way to get only video signal from HDMI and to use audio input for the sound?
Thank you in advance for your help.

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DVI does NOT support sound unlike HDMI. Hopefully your PC has a Co-axial S/PDIF digital output. If not you might want to spend the $50 and buy a nice one from Creative. Modern motherboards are even coming with HDMI built-in but that's NOT your situation. I use a 15" DVI to HDMI cable but you are probably using an adapter and the a regular HDMI cable. Get co-axial digital audio cable of the right length and connect it to the co-axial inputs (they're in the upper corner). Use the remote's set-up button and select the "Digital Input" option. This is very powerful. You can assign any of the Optical or Co-axial inputs to any associated device.

I have my PC as Video 3 with sound coming in via HDMI which I assign under the "HDMI Video" menu and sound under the "Digital Input" as "Coax1". I use "Coax2" for the DVD player that lacks an optical output. If you use regular analog you are screwed as you found out. I usually use the headphone jack and an extension cable with the Computer and watch on it's monitor.

All HDTV sets are **** compared to a decent computer monitor. The deliver MUCH clearer video and much higher resolutions that shitty the 1080 HDTV maxes out at. ATSC is **** compared to a PC. Grated, cable is junk compared to ATSC at 1080i but that's another story. Yet, comparing ATSC to a computer is like comparing NTSC or digital cables' crappy 480i with ATSC at 1080i. It that much greater. At least 720p is wide screened unlike 480i garbage that's most of Comcast's "HD" digital junk.

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