Analog works OK.
Called Dell and they sent a new digital cable and a new video card to try.
Put the old parts back in. Sending new parts back after Holidays. Same problem. No digital signal.
Could it be the monitor itself?
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HDMI is digital and uncompressed signal while the above mentioned
interfaces are analog. A digital source is translated into less precise
analog signal in an analog interface. After that signal is sent to the
television and then converted back into digital signal to display on
screen. Due to this, some distortion of picture quality is caused at
each translation. HDMI removes the analog conversion and preserves
original signal and delivers richest, sharpest picture.
Separate audio signals are required by other video interfaces. Due
to large amount of bandwidth available in HDMI, it not only transmits
video but audio channels up to eight digital audio channels can also be
transmitted through HDMI. The entire process becomes simple because a
number of wires are replaced by a single wire. It also delivers much
The HDMI “Type B” have 29 wires while standard HDMI or “Type A” has
19 wires. Motion picture industry and other professional applications
use “Type B” HDMI wires. HDMI enabled components talk to each other via
an interface that is why it is also called Intelligent HDMI. All-in-one
functionality of remote and other interoperable features are provided
by HDMI but not by other technologies.
High-Definition and enhanced video and other standard formats are
supported by HDMI. Backward compatibility with DVI (Digital Video
Interface) is also supported. DVI/HDMI cable can be used to connect
HDMI interface in high-end graphic cards that have DVI port. DVI/HDMI
cable has HDMI connector at one end and DVI connector at the other.
Another point to note is that degradation of signal can occur if the
length of the HDMI cable exceeds 5 meters (15 feet).
At least one HDMI interface was provided in many high-end
televisions since 2005. Two HDMI interfaces provides more flexibility
and three might be better in cases where one wants to connect a game
console. As the TV industry installs HDMI interfaces into more
peripheral components, multiple interfaces will become common on TVs.
Not at all - as long as there is a VGA connection (analog) for the monitor, you're fine. Make sure that if you have a video card that you set your bios to automatically send the video signal through the card (where you'd hook your monitor cable to).
In some cases, if you have a video card, (and you're connected to the VGA output from the motherboard), the signal is bypassed and trying to go through the card automatically. If there is no card, disregard this last paragraph.
Try reseating the video card in your new computer. Sounds like it may not be seating in the slot properly. Take it out and put it back in with the power off and then hook everything back up and then see if you get video,.
You need to get a Digital to Analogue converter such as the Canopus ADVC110 A/D Converter. (circa $225). There may be cheaper alternatives. (you might also be able to use a digital camcorder that has a built in Analogue to digital converter): Canopus 77010150100 ADVC110 Converter The Canopus comes with a 6-pin firewire cable. Since your Dell Studio has a 4 pin Firewire (actually called iLink) you will also need a 6-pin to 4-pin cable or an adapter: Firewire 6-PIN To 4-PIN Cable
You hook your Sony up to the A/D converter with audio and video cables (usually supplied with your camcorder) and hook the converter to you Dell with a firewire cable. Then you capture the video using some video capture software. I don't know what comes with windows these days.
Sounds like from discription the sky feed is set up for analog channel 6. With my TV-HVR-1600 card, there is an option in the wintv application when you click the menu button in the application that says channel suite. If you select this option, you should find and option for analog source. Select analog source in this screen and you should be able to manually add channel 6 in the box at the top of the analog souce screen. Also if you have the sky feed connected and you you click the scan button on this screen, it should detect automatically is the sky feed is on.
I guessing that since **-one responded you've given up and returned the whole mess but what the hey.
A lot depends on the KVM you're using. There are some high end units that will match different sources to the monitor but most work best with matched input and output. Unless you's specifically states that it will convert analog to digital it won't. So if it's an analog KVM then both the computer video boards need to have an analog VGA jack and the monitor does too. If the KVM is ditital you need to have all the systems and monitor digital. Savi? The Monitor may support boath analog and digital input but NOT at the same time. You can't plug in two computers at the same time, that's what the KVM is for.
The bottom line here is that you typically need to run the least common de**minator to use a KVM. Also, if the computers have different frequency (resolution) out put and you hit the KVM switch then the monitor will freak out. Some monitors will auto-switch between frequencies but most don't (especially the cheapies).
There are adapters that will down convert digital to analog. If you're dead set on using the KVM with that old Dell then you may need to plug the down converter into the Acer Video Board but you'll loose the high resolution and sharp picture from the digital video. If it was me and I had to use the KVM, I'd get a cheap digital video card for the Dell or just run two monitors.
I run 5 systems on my desk, Three of which are older servers with analog video. They share an analog KVM with video and keyboard on the wall. The other two systems are current generation and share a KVM and 27" flat panel center desk. I also have a laptop that hangs on the other wall with a laser blue tooth keyboard on the other side of my desk. Now if my wife would only let me turn part of her craft studio into a server room.....