That cable will NOT work with the Pi. It is a passive cable that is only suitable for devices that generate analog signals on the HDMI output, and the Pi does not. The giveaway is when it mentions it will not work with PCs or Laptops. You need an active cable that does digital to analog conversion and the cheapest cable anyone has mentioned was about £15.razoreye wrote:VGA to HDMI cable on Amazon - http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B004 ... 01_s00_i00
£3.69 including FREE shipping from Amazong and works fine.
HiLuaPie wrote: But this isn't a problem, because the Raspberry Pi was intended for the home environment for parents who didn't want to let their children loose on the home PC. It wasn't meant for schools anyway, it was meant for the home.
The computers they already have? Schools upgrade their computers every 3 years or so. My one kept the old computers, didn't throw them away and let us dismantle and tinker with them.Mortimer wrote:what alternative to a £30 Raspberry Pi, plus a £15 HDMI-VGA adapter is there?
Yes, that's ironic isn't it. They omitted VGA to keep costs down and keep the RaPi affordable and yet HDMI TV's is something that only rich people have. Whoops.varesa wrote:The decision to not have VGA, is strange considering this aspect. It is more likely for them to have/get a old cheap CRT with VGA, than a new flat tv with hdmi. Of course there is the composite interface...
HiFX4 wrote:Yes but those VGA connectors were provided for backwards compatibility for older HTPCs. This years televisions don't have a VGA connector. Samsung just swapped out my Plasma and the replacement has no VGA. Exact same model three years newer.
I don't think advocate is the correct word. I provided a cost effective solution, nothing more.Mortimer wrote:I agree Joe. I may have misunderstood but I thought FX4 was advocating the use of a composite to VGA converter instead of HDMI to VGA.
Out of all my VGA monitors I have owned exactly one with this functionality. Actually it is the one that is still working. I might give this a whirl for grins.mahjongg wrote:I think that many people fail to understand one very important fact:
The PI's "HDMI" port can also be used to connect to DVI-D monitors! Look at the back of even older flatscreens, (the ones that are dumped at charity stores), and you will see a second white connector, next to the blue VGA one. Very often this is a DVI-D connector, and you can connect such monitors to the pi simply by choosing a different interface cable!
There are a few pitfalls you must be aware of though:
1) Some of these DVI connectors are actually VGA connectors in disguise, they resemble real DVI-D connectors, but are not! These have a few less connection holes, and are marked DVI-A.
2) Unlike read HDMI DVI-D monitors won't provide sound, so you must use the analog sound output.
If you are unsure about what a DVI-A connector looks like, simply read the DVI wikipedia article, but basically if there are not at least two 3x3 areas of connection holes, then its not a useable DVI connector for a PI.
All the DVI connectors in the next picture will work with a PI, except the bottom one.
So look at the back of your old "VGA" monitor and you might find it will work with the PI after all!
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