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Using old old Dell monitor as a TV

Discussion in 'DIRECTV HD DVR/Receiver Discussion' started by TBlazer07, Aug 28, 2012.

  1. TBlazer07

    TBlazer07 Grumpy Grampy

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    I want to set up a TV near a treadmill I am purchasing. I don't want to spend $150+ more for a small TV at this time. I have an old Dell 2001FP monitor that only has DVI & VGA in. Would using this cable between an [strike]H25[/strike] C31 RVU client box component out and the Dell monitor DVI in allow me to watch TV? Audio isn't an issue.

    Sorry, at the time of this original post the C31 wasn't public.

    Cable: http://www.monoprice.com/products/p...d=1023504&p_id=2508&seq=1&format=1#largeimage

    Monitor specs: http://support.dell.com/support/edocs/monitors/2001fp/EN/specs.htm
     
  2. Laxguy

    Laxguy Honi Soit Qui Mal Y Pense.

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    H25's don't have component out. Requires a special dongle.

    I'd go HDMI-> DVI cable.
     
  3. veryoldschool

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    I don't see a combination there that will work.
    The 25 has a 10 pin DIN which needs a special cable for component.
    Might look at a component to composite adapter to then feed the Dell.
     
  4. TBlazer07

    TBlazer07 Grumpy Grampy

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    I have the component dongle but I never thought of HDMI. Duhhh.
    Will that monitor handle the HDMI signal properly (letterboxed of course)?
     
  5. Laxguy

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    I used to do that on some monitors I had and don't recall any issue. The monitors were 16:9 or close thereto, though.

    The HDMI-DVI should work better than Component-DVI, whatever the outcome.
     
  6. veryoldschool

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    I think you'll have HDCP issues.
    I've got a 2007FP and it works, but the spec sheet also says it supports HDCP too.
     
  7. TBlazer07

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    Yep. Fortunately I had an HDMI->DVI cable and as you expected it didn't work for "content protection" reasons.

    Would the Component to DVI work? That I would have order.

    I guess by the time I do all that I might as well just find an old 23" LCD on eBay or CL. :mad:
     
  8. veryoldschool

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    If you break out of the receiver in analog, you "should be good to go".
     
  9. TBlazer07

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    So going component out of Hxx to DVI in on the monitor should do it eh?

    Edit: seems there is no way to go that way without an expensive converter box.
     
  10. veryoldschool

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    That's analog, so.....

    [if it's like mine, it will look like crap too :lol:]
     
  11. Laxguy

    Laxguy Honi Soit Qui Mal Y Pense.

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    As I said, I had no problems with my digital out via HDMI, and in via DVI, but it was a two or three year old stand alone monitor.
    Is it just content protected stuff that won't come through, or everything?
    What's the resolution of the monitor?
     
  12. TBlazer07

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    This monitor has a manufacture date of 1/2003 so it's an oldie. The specs are in the first post. None of the channels work. :( All the the "protection" message.
     
  13. evan_s

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    You would not be able to use the Monoprice cable you linked to hook anything up to your Dell monitor. It's really designed to be used the other way round. DVI connected to a computer etc and the component connected to a tv/monitor. The DVI port on your monitor clearly says Digital DVI-D which means it only knows how to accept a digital input which I expect to case on almost any monitor. Since the hdmi to dvi doesn't work because of content protection there is not going to be any good way to use that monitor with a h25.

    If you really wanted to do it you could use something like the following with the component break out cable for the h25

    http://www.meritline.com/mygica-supercolor-hd-box---p-35702.aspx

    As just an interesting aside that is actually the same monitor I'm using while typing this message. It's 8 years old at this point but still works well and I haven't felt the need to replace it yet. I could have sworn that I used DirecTV2PC with my monitor with a dvi connection and it worked which would indicate working hdcp but maybe I'm mistaken and it was via VGA.
     
  14. TBlazer07

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    Yea, I realized that a while ago.

    Thanks. That looks interesting but the more I think about it I'm better off buying a cheap or used 23" TV. It would eliminate a rats nest of wires for just 1 HDMI cable. I've seen some "decent" ones on eBay for ~$100.

    Are you looking for a matched pair of 2001FPs? :lol:
     
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    Did you buy the treadmill yet? I've got one that has about 20 minutes on it that I'd sell for less than you can get one in a store. My son wanted it and never used it.

    Rich
     
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    Are you sure? I have two 2001FP's (vintage '04 & '05) and they both have S-Video & composite also. (which is also listed in the specs you referenced). Sure, it's only StdDef, but you know what they say ... "(1)fast (2)cheap (3)good -- pick any two."
     
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