mahjongg wrote:Just to let you know that I've taken your critique to heart, and have actually now made many changes to the pictorial buyers guide, and will still make more to come, hope you like what I did.
Thank you for your update in that page... This is my final comment... and for your info I only started this discussion just because I got misled from what I read from this thread... that is I was looking for a "HDMI to VGA Cable" to be used on my monitor... and looking for "something" (and that something is a cable or whatever) to be used so that I can hook up my RPi to my VGA Monitor.
While searching it in Google.. the first posting that came up for me at least was this... and it immediately said "not possible" etc. And, I was shocked to see crazypi selling that "something" which contradicted the first response by mahjongg.
After the replies from all of you... I get to know.. that the thread is sooo outdated and in this modern day 2015... such a "something" which is correctly called a converter is readily available and can be used with RPi HDMI to VGA Monitor...
Then, I was introduced to the "Pictorial Buying Guide".. and it starts on the HDMI to VGA in a negative tone.. same as the first answer in this thread... (even in this modern time Jan 2015)... so I asked for a rewriting.. so newbies.. can readily find their answer from either this thread or Pictorial Buying Guide... One must understand that... for newbies.. the first point of entry to something is Google Search.. and the first few links to their keywords... Pictorial Buying Guide.. only comes after when they click from one link to another. One may not even reach the Pictorial Buying Guide.. if the search didn't turn that up for their choice of keywords... or someone suggested it in their thread, etc.
OK.. now I am thankful for all of you guys explanation.. and here is my final comment on the "Pictorial Buying Guide"
Just put it in this correct order than the current ordering given in that page..
That is... I have put the $10 solution first.. the comment on the old $100 solution.. comes after.
Here is my suggested correctly ordered version... which is more meaningful at this time and age (Jan 2015)...
If your monitor only has a VGA Connector, you are more or less out of luck! It is not possible to buy a cheap (that is $1 to $3) HDMI->VGA Cable ! If you see a cable that is VGA on one end and HDMI on the other it will not work.
However, If you want to go from HDMI to VGA you will have to buy a more expensive (the cheapest are now sold around $10) convertor.
But lately direct conversion "dongle" type converters have replaced them for prices around $10 and sinking, they often look something like this:
comment: the below paragraph should be after the above paragraph.. instead of before as it is currently...
no one (at least the beginners) cares about the expensive converters... while they can get away with the USD10 converter which is readily available.
Older "frame buffer grabber" converters like the ones below were the original but expensive (>$100) solution.
[the two frame buffer $100 pictures]
Hope this helps.. and I am not going to drag this any longer and I will not reply anymore on this topic.. as now I understand it pretty well... and I was just doing a service to the community especially for the newbies.. NOT for them to get disappointed when reading HDMI to VGA is not possible for under USD12... and the solution really works!!!